Newly Published, From the Han Dynasty to Suburban Connecticut


HAVEN, by Emma Donoghue. (Little, Brown, $28.) Donoghue returns to historical fiction in this novel set during the early Middle Ages, in which a devout scholar-priest recruits two monks to join him on a pilgrimage to an island he’s envisioned in a dream, resulting in a journey that severely tests their understandings of faith and humanity.

THE HUNDRED WATERS, by Lauren Acampora. (Grove, $26.) Acampora’s third book follows a former photographer from New York City who is growing tired of the “fairy-tale quicksand” of her family life in sleepy suburban Connecticut when a young and ambitious environmentalist artist crashes into their town.

THE ROAD TAKEN: A Memoir, by Patrick Leahy. (Simon & Schuster, $30.) The longest-serving living American senator recounts his life in politics, from riding his tricycle into the governor’s office as a 6-year-old to his election as the first Democrat to represent Vermont in the Senate and his role in negotiating the custody case of Elián González with Cuba.

TRIPTICKS, by Ann Quin. (And Other Stories, paper, $15.95.) Quin’s experimental final novel, first published in 1972, offers a collage of styles as it tells the story of a man being chased across the country by his estranged lover and her new boyfriend.

BRONZE DRUM, by Phong Nguyen. (Grand Central, paper, $17.99.) After their father is executed by the oppressive Han government, two daughters of a Vietnamese lord raise an army of women to retake their hometown and free their people in this epic set during the Bronze Age.

THE MILKY WAY: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy, by Moiya McTier. (Grand Central, $27.) An astrophysicist and folklorist explains the Milky Way from its own perspective, celebrating its inner workings, mourning the death of its stars and chronicling its past and future to help humans “understand how ephemeral [our] existence is.”

FATHERS AND CHILDREN, by Ivan Turgenev. Translated by Nicolas Pasternak Slater and Maya Slater. (New York Review Books, paper, $16.95.) Turgenev’s classic tale of family, love, serfdom and religion in 19th-century Russia is rendered in a sparkling new translation by the husband-and-wife translator duo.

THE LIAR: How a Double Agent in the CIA Became the Cold War’s Last Honest Man, by Benjamin Cunningham. (PublicAffairs, $29.) A former correspondent for The Economist recounts the life of Karel Koecher, a Czech spy who double-crossed the C.I.A. and K.G.B., was arrested by the F.B.I. in 1984 and was later freed in a prisoner swap.



Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/17/books/review/new-this-week.html