11 New Books We Recommend This Week

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CATHERINE HOUSE, by Elisabeth Thomas. (Customized Home, $27.99.) On this horror novel, Ines Murillo, a self-described ghost, is admitted into the mysterious, unique Catherine Home, “not only a college, however a cloister” of upper studying in rural Pennsylvania. Our reviewer, Danielle Trussoni, calls it a “scrumptious literary Gothic debut” in her newest roundup of horror fiction: “When Ines discovers the reality about Catherine Home, she should grapple with what she has lengthy prevented: who she is and who she may turn out to be.”

ENEMY OF ALL MANKIND: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt, by Steven Johnson. (Riverhead, $28.) An account of a 1695 assault by an English pirate on a Mughal ship, Johnson’s new guide unfolds in signature type, with fascinating asides on the physics of cannons and the origins of terrorism becoming a member of an argument about how the central occasion modified the course of historical past. “Johnson is right here much less within the story of Henry Each than in its implications, and its half in a wider meta-narrative,” Adam Higginbotham writes in his assessment. “The story Johnson tells is populated with ideas and penalties that resonate throughout the centuries.”

RED DRESS IN BLACK AND WHITE, by Elliot Ackerman. (Knopf, $26.95.) Ackerman’s fourth novel abandons his customary warfare narratives for a special kind of drama, a wholly absorbing territory of intrigue and methods: An American lady in Istanbul needs to depart her Turkish husband, however geopolitics will decide the result. “Ackerman’s wealthy information of Turkey, the place he was primarily based as a journalist for a lot of years, is clear on each web page,” Joan Silber writes in her assessment. “What lasts is the guide’s emphasis on hidden machinations of energy.”

PARAKEET, by Marie-Helene Bertino. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26.) Per week out from marrying a person she doesn’t love, the 36-year-old protagonist of Bertino’s trippy second novel is visited by the ghost of her grandmother within the type of a wisecracking chook, who imparts some life recommendation and sends her on a mission of rescue and reconciliation. “The impact is absurd, and at instances deeply humorous,” Bess Kalb writes in her assessment. “The result’s a narrative that’s disquieting and darkly comedian and susceptible and true. I laughed all through; I winced extra.”

THE VANISHING HALF, by Brit Bennett. (Riverhead, $27.) Bennett’s gorgeously written second novel, an formidable meditation on race and id, considers the divergent fates of dual sisters, born within the Jim Crow South, after one decides to go for white. Bennett balances the literary calls for of dynamic characterization with the historic and social realities of her material. “‘The Vanishing Half’ is a courageous foray into huge and tough terrain,” our reviewer, Ayana Mathis, writes. “It’s about racial id, after all, and three generations of mother-daughter relationships. It’s also a couple of notably American existential battle — the stress between private freedom and duty to a group. … It might appear that it isn’t fairly doable to cease being black in America, regardless of how arduous you strive.”

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