By Bayley Cornfield, Meg Jones and Genevieve Bernard
Wild Pets by Amber Medland 1 July, Faber
For fans of Sally Rooney, Amber Medland’s Wild Pets follows friends Iris, Ezra and Nance as they stumble out of university and into the exhilarating freedom and terrifying insecurity of their twenties. They read, drink, debate, fall – sometimes in love, sometimes into bed with one another – as the world around them becomes evermore hostile. Smart and sexy, Wild Pets is a novel about friendship, power, ambition and what happens when you find yourself clinging to the past as you are propelled into the most uncertain of futures.
Paul by Daisy Lafarge 5 August, Granta
In award-winning author Daisy Lafarge’s hypnotic debut novel, a young graduate student escapes scandal to the French countryside, hoping to quietly outlive her disgrace working on a farm. Instead, she finds herself entranced by the eco-farm’s enigmatic and commanding owner, Paul, and soon falls under his control. Unsettling as well as psychologically and emotionally astute, Paul is a story about 'the quiet horror of passivity and the cage of being "good"'.
Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship by Catherine Raven 8 July, Short Books
Fox and I is a narrative memoir that examines the author’s relationship with nature – specifically, her encounter with an unwelcome visitor, a fox that will become her companion in an otherwise solitary existence. Catherine Raven has never got along with people, preferring to live alone since escaping her harmful relationship with her parents. After earning her PhD in Biology, she settles down in an isolated house to live contentedly, alone, until a fox routinely shows up on her doorstep. In spite of what her biology degrees taught her, Catherine allows her friendship with the fox to grow and blossom. But even the strongest of bonds cannot triumph over nature...
Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith
8 July, OneWorld
Set in Vietnam, this beautifully composed novel is captivating, dark and compelling. Two Vietnamese women go missing decades apart, but what ties them together is their fearlessness and their determination to seek revenge. Kupersmith transports the reader to 1986, where the teenage daughter of a wealthy Vietnamese family finds her life changed forever whilst fleeing her father’s wrath. Twenty-five years later, Winnie, a young, deeply unhappy American woman disappears from her new home in Saigon. The fates of these two women are inescapably entwined, their stories bound by the generations of ghosts that haunt their families. Combining Vietnamese history with classic folklore, Kupersmith creates an unforgettable debut novel that will leave you breathless until the final page.