Our edit of the most zeitgeist new books out now and the ones you should have on pre-order for the month of May.
Sundays are for rest and, of course, for reading. Here's our pick of the best fiction and non-fiction out now, and the ones that we have on pre-order, landing this May.
Whistle In The Dark
Mysteriously re-appearing after four days missing, 15-year-old Lana remains schtum about her whereabouts. In a bid to understand what happened to her daughter, Jen retraces her steps. Whistle in The Dark (Viking) by Emma Healey explores mental illness, loss and the pain of not knowing. Out Now.
Motherhood, the most natural, mythologised and fetishized role a woman can ever occupy – so what happens if you choose not to inhabit it? That’s the question Sheila Heti’s narrator asks herself in Motherhood (Penguin) a genre-defying novel where fiction meets essay. Out 24 May.
The Water Cure
Three sisters live in isolation until men, washed up and feral come to hunt them down. Think The Virgin Suicides meets The Keeping Room, The Water Cure (Penguin) vacillates between hypnotic, meditative fiction and taut feminist invasion thriller. Out 24 May.
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture
A series of essays edited by Roxane Gay, Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture (Harper Perennial) out now is hard-hitting but oh-so-necessary.
Visions of Hawai'i
Georgia O’Keeffe’s 9 week jaunt to the Hawaiian archipelago is the subject of Visions of Hawai‘i, (Prestel) a lush depiction of the flora and fauna of that other-worldly paradise. Out 7 May.