Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: Tattered Cover V.I.B. (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
Our latest selection is:
Vox by Christina Dalcher
In Dalcher’s dystopian America, women must adhere to a strict limit of 100 words a day—or submit to government-mandated electroshock. Our heroine Jean McClellan stands by as the leader of a patriarchal Pure Movement rises to power, immersing herself in the cozy den of academia to become a respected neurolinguist. But as working women nationwide are forced into early retirement for the sake of an idealized 1950s husband-and-housewife model, she must watch in horror as her children internalize the dogma, her daughter’s voice dwindling alarmingly day by day. There may come time for a reckoning, however, when the President’s brother faces neurological trouble only McClellan can solve. A thrilling, visceral next read for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Naomi Alderman’s The Power, and a call for action over apathy. Buyer beware: You may find yourself quantifying what you say as you navigate Vox’s uncanny terrain. -Lainie Formby, Adult Frontlist Buyer
Purchase this and previous V.I.B.s below:
Bestselling British writer Tessa Hadley's The Past brings four middle-aged siblings and their families together for what might be their last summer holiday in the family's country home. Old family dynamics and surprising new twists make for a delightful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Hadley's storytelling deftly weaves the family's past, with all its ghosts and memories, jealousies and nearly unconditional love in with its present reality of squabbling and deep affection. Each player in The Past is uniquely engaging: from fading beauty Alice with her ex-boyfriend's 20 year old son Kasim, in tow, sister Frans's odd and captivating young children Ivy and Arthur, Harriet, lonely and harboring a dark and secret longing, and all the others, each with an agenda, all under one roof. The perfect storm for an utterly wonderful, brilliantly crafted novel. The Telegraph calls The Past keenly intelligent, and I certainly agree. A wonderful way to begin your reading year. -- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer