Garth Greenwell’s debut novel What Belongs to You aches with desire and tenderness: an American professor in Bulgaria encounters a male prostitute named Mitko in a public bathroom, beginning a complex sexual relationship between the two that will have enormous ramifications for them both. Lyrical and haunting, What Belongs to You is a rumination on lust, shame, violence, and the ways in which sexual and emotional pain stays with and shapes us.
Publication date: Jan. 19
Sunil Yapa’s ambitious debut novel, Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, is set amidst the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, where the lives of seven people are irrevocably changed in the ensuing violence and fight for power. Beautifully wrought and sympathetic, Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist gazes unflinchingly at the depths of humanity and compassion, weaving seven disparate voices together into one raw account of the protests.
Publication date: Jan. 122