Natalia's New Year Picks 2020

So far in 2020 there seems to be one book we are all talking about, Hurricane Season, alongside for me, a new title to help with new year's resolution to learn to cook, and out in paperback a memoir by Carolyn Forché about her experiences in El Salvador before the civil war.

São Bernardo

Graciliano Ramos, translated by Padma Viswanathan

From the publisher:

In 1941, a national literary poll in Brazil named Graciliano Ramos one of the country’s ten greatest novelists—one of only four living authors on the list. His reputation ...


Nazanine Hozar

From the publisher:


‘A sweeping saga about the Iranian revolution as it explodes . . . a Doctor Zhivago of Iran’ Margaret ...

This Mournable Body

Tsitsi Dangarembga

From the publisher:

‘As natural as the grass grows.’ Chinua Achebe ‘[Dangarembga] is a wonderful creator of character.’ Doris Lessing ‘[A] Masterpiece.’ New York Times ‘Searing and ...

The Book Of Echoes

Rosanna Amaka

From the publisher:

‘A searing, rhapsodic novel. The Book of Echoes is filled with beauty, devastation and the power of ancestral connections that ripple through the ages’ IRENOSEN ...

The Bass Rock

Evie Wyld

From the publisher:

‘A modern gothic triumph. Spectacularly well-observed, profoundly disquieting and utterly riveting. Like all Evie Wyld’s work it is startlingly insightful about ...