Best New Fiction: May 2015


Best New Fiction is a monthly segment dedicated to highlighting the most interesting and noteworthy releases that will be published over the next thirty days.

The month of May brings with it five dazzling new works of fiction that you need to check out. From the Lowcountry of South Carolina to the underground of Chicago, to a family gathering in Ireland, these five tales are sure to keep you entertained.

by James E. McTeer II
Hub City Press
May 1st

He saw the leg and the arm first, just one leg and one arm protruding from the mud. They were shaking in sharp lightning movements, jerking up and down. Farther on another person was buried waist deep, clawing at the mud with one arm while the other hung limp, broken backward at the shoulder. That person was coughing up blood, too. Cries filled the air, weeping, moaning, gagging…

Winner of the South Carolina First Novel Price, McTeer II’s debut novel is a magical tale of a young boy who embarks on a quest to recover a mysterious medicine in order to save his father’s life. What should be a routine trip to retrieve drugs turns into a strange and dangerous adventure involving witch doctors, unforgiving storms, and a brilliant exploration into the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry,

Ghost_NetworkThe Ghost Network
by Catie Disabato
Melville House
May 5th

Compared to Chicago’s other disappearances that year, Taer’s was small potatoes. Taer’s was actually a footnote in the larger disappearance of Miranda Young, better known by her stage name, Molly Metropolis.

Smash hit pop star Molly Metropolis was on her way to a concert in Chicago…and then she wasn’t. Was she abducted? Has she simply disappeared to escape the never-ending pressures of the spotlight? Armed with the singer’s private journal, her personal assistant teams with a journalist and the two set out together to scour a maze of abandoned subway lines running underneath the city. What they find will shock you.

God_In_RuinsA God in Ruins
by Kate Atkinson
Little, Brown and Company
May 5th

. . .if he did survive then in the great afterward he would always try to be kind, to live a good quiet life . . . And that would be his redemption. Even if he could only add a feather to the balance it would be some kind of repayment for being spared.

Atkinson returns with a follow-up to the wildly successful Life After Life by further exploring the life of that book’s main protagonist’s brother. Teddy’s a poet and pilot, but his most challenging role of all will be playing the part of a survivor.

Green_RoadThe Green Road
by Anne Enright
W.W. Norton & Company
May 11th

The draper’s, with a big window lined with yellow cellophane, the butcher’s, his trays of meat fenced around by bloodstained plastic grass.

In Enright’s (The Forgotten Waltz) four middle-aged siblings return home to Ireland to spend the holidays with their mother for a final time before the family home is sold. Lucky for us, the trip causes old tensions to rise to the surface anew, and this familial tale of holiday bliss becomes chock full of anything but glad tidings for all mankind.

Game For Real by Richard Weiner / Translated from the Czech by Benjamin PaloffThe Game For Real
by Richard Weiner
Translated from the Czech by Benjamin Paloff
Two Lines Press
May 12th

Gifting evil to our loved ones does not spur them; it doesn’t seem clean; it smacks of denatured vengeance; but she did not, does not, love you with love.

Who are we? That seems to be the question at the heart of the two “game” tales in this volume from Czech existentialist author Richard Weiner, his first work to ever appear in English. In the first story, a man makes the startling discovery that he has a double, but if he has one then his double must surely have one as well, and that double’s double must have a double too, no? In the second, a slap sets the stage for a strange tale in which a man launches an ill-fated attempt to return the dastardly favor no matter the cost. These two stories are pretty much awesome and awesomer packaged together under the awesomest of book covers.


What books are you looking forward to reading this month? Do be sure to write us a charming story about them using the comment form below.

About Aaron Westerman

Aaron Westerman is the Manager of Web Architecture for a national human services organization. When he's not busy tearing sites apart and rebuilding them, he spends his ever shrinking free time trying to keep up with his twins, reading works of translated literature, and watching far too many Oscar nominated movies.