Insatiable readers, are you looking for new reading content to bury your head into this summer? If so, then the Rebel Femme team has you covered! From America to Africa, passing through Russia and Japan, here are the top new book titles released by the end of April and the current month of May 2019, to enjoy under the sunshine or in your favourite quiet spot. We have already pre-ordered and bought all the books. Are you ready to purchase them too?
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
California, USA, 2025 circa. The world fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives in is filled with economic collapse, climate change disaster, political destruction, scary violence, sense of racism and chaos within the society pattern, and where all have fallen apart. Her life proceeds behinds the protection of a Baptist community with her preacher father, family and neighbours unwilling to see things as they really are, and as a response to this terrible apocalypse-to-be, she is determined to survive, in order to live a better life. The young, highly intelligent character is a hyper-empath, as she over feels others’ spectrum of emotions and wants to save the people she loves from the near destruction, ignored by everyone surrounding her. This leads the Afro-American girl to start a new religion which gives her comfort, called Earthseed, founded on the concept of a simple spiritual philosophy where “the destiny of mankind is to take root amongst the stars”, and building a cohesive group of followers afterwards. Octavia Butler ended this novel with the passage from Luke 8:5-8, aka the Parable of Sower.
This science-fiction book was originally published in 1993 and now reissued with its uncompromising appeal, brilliantly written by Octavia E.Butler. The ”grand dame of science fiction”, as she was named, was definitely ahead of her time as she scarily predicts the reality of human condition and the problems we are facing nowadays, especially in America, with a special focus on topics like terror, oppression, racism, religion, fight for survival but also desire of better humanity, persistence and hope.
New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent by Margaret Busby
More than an anthology, it’s an inspiring and extraordinary “banquet of words”, where more than 200 African blooded women writers are united to proudly ignite their under-evaluated power and showing off it to the world. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nikki Finney, Yrsa Daley Ward, Chinelo Okparanta, Esi Edugyan, Edwidge Danticat, Eve Ewing, Phillippa Yrsa De Villiers Roxane Gay, Imbolo Mbue, Minna Salami, Nnedi Okorafor, Zadie Smith, Barbara Jenkins and so many more are on the list of this collection of work. Different genres such as memoirs, letters, autobiography, diaries, novels, brief stories, poetries, politics, essays, drama and more documents are included.
Every writer takes the reader by the hand and graciously accompanies them through their journeys, talking about racism, oppression, slavery, sexualization, support, political problems, fight for freedom, sincere sisterhood, hope, social activism, strive for equality, independence, honor, female strength and power, love, gifting everyone with the highest form of intensity and thoughtful inspiration.
Disappearing Earth: A Novel by Julia Phillips
This fictional novel brings the reader in the unknown Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia, where two sisters, respectively 8 and 11-years old, disappear after accepting a ride from a stranger. After unsuccessful months of research by the police investigation, the story moves and focuses each chapter to each person related to the two young missing girls, such as the witness, the detective, the neighbour, the student, the officer, ending with the sisters’ mother. An intriguing interconnection of characters linked one another, blended to the perfect description of the Russian tundra, mountains, the locale etc that concludes the book with a climax immersed in surprise and emotion.
Julia Phillips debut novel is full of crime, sense of empathy and suspense, emotion and imagination, and revolves around topics like loss, roles of women, family connection, undeniable cultural backgrounds, yearning, perseverance and love. Thanks to the female author’s brilliant sensorial and descriptive style and engaging writing, it will be hard to put this book down.
The Woman in the White Kimono: A Novel by Ana Johns
Ana Johns’ debut novel casts the two alternating stories of seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura living in post-World War II Japan, and investigative journalist Tori Kovac, living in America present day. Naoko refuses a prearranged marriage and falls in love with Jimmy, an American sailor, a gaijin disapproved by her severe family. He takes her as a spouse in a non-recognized marriage, but he must sail away. Pregnant with the sailor’s child, the young Japanese woman falls under disgrace and shame, rejected by the family and betraying people around her, trying to survive in the years to come. The past of Naoko’s story interweaves with the present life of American woman Tori, who is taking care of her dying father. He gives her a letter and a photograph of a woman in a white kimono. When the daughter finally decides to open the letter discovering the truth, she starts her research of the lady in the photo, reaching faraway Japanese lands to meet the past and set it free.
With her beautiful writing, the author creates subtle hues of suspense and invisible threads linking the strong and powerful stories of two courageous women, who stand up for themselves and walk their paths in honest truth, following their heart’s choices.