Gayle's New Year Picks 2020

My top picks for the start of the year are two absolutely blistering debuts-in-English: Hurricane Season, by Mexican writer Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes, and coming this February from Fitzcarraldo Editions; and Dutch novelist, poet and dairy farmer Marieke Lucas Rijneveld's The Discomfort of Evening, translated by Michele Hutchison, from Faber in March.

Hurricane Season

Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes

From the publisher:

Written with an infernal lyricism that is as affecting as it is enthralling, HURRICANE SEASON, Fernanda Melchor’s first novel to appear in English, is a formidable portrait ...

The Discomfort of Evening

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, translated by Michele Hutchison

From the publisher:

I thought about being too small for so much, but that no one told you when you were big enough, how many centimetres on the doorpost that was, and I asked God if he please ...

The Voice in My Ear

Frances Leviston

From the publisher:

The first work of fiction from award-winning poet Frances Leviston offers a frighteningly perceptive slice of contemporary womanhood Ten women, all called Claire, are ...


Anakana Schofield

From the publisher:

The extraordinary bestselling novel from the acclaimed writer whose previous book, Martin John, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and whose debut, Malarky, won the Amazon ...


Jenny Offill

From the publisher:

‘What are you afraid of, he asks me and the answer of course is dentistry, humiliation, scarcity, then he says what are your most useful skills? People think I’m funny’ ...