Antoine Leiris’s You Will Not Have My Hate is a heartbreaking, yet life-affirming, elegiac memoir to his beloved wife, who was killed in the 2015 terrorist attack on the Bataclan Theater in Paris. Left with his 17-month-old son, Leiris chronicles his experience from the first day his wife does not come to the day after her funeral. Through this short, but interminable journey, he learns to forge a new path to life for the sake of their child despite and not succumb to hatred for her killers. Leiris shows us the strength of love in the stark face of tragedy, which is the greatest triumph over those who seek only destruction.
Longlisted for 2016 National Book Award for Poetry, Donika Kelly's revelatory debut collection is a slowly unlocking cage of mythic beasts, braced for escape. From coastal directions to intense emotional compression, Kelly’s book is full of movement, journeying forward and backward. With poems both beautiful and monstrous, Bestiary leaves behind, tracks backward and hurtles forward through the different faces, both real and fantastic, of a protagonist transforming herself through loss, trauma and determination. Nikky Finney’s transcendent introduction and Kelly’s very first poem propel you into a world so compelling, it's almost impossible to stop reading.
When a writer takes on the challenge of creating a work in the image of the Bard himself, she faces some mighty high hurdles. But the wonderfully talented Jeanette Winterson more than rises to the occasion with this engrossing retelling of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. With The Gap of Time, Winterson lets Shakespeare’s characters loose in the modern world and spins them into a tumble of events that leads to the sundering of a deep friendship and marriage, and splinters the lives of three families. But the tale also includes a lost-and-found child who is destined to reunite them all.