Emerging authors, 5 books to read to discover the most promising faces of fiction

Emerging authors, 5 books to read to discover the most promising faces of fiction
Emerging authors, 5 books to read to discover the most promising faces of fiction

Discovered thanks to literary prizes or word of mouth, the five authors we will tell you about in this article come from different places very distant from each other, but they have one thing in common: they have great talent, which will certainly take them far.

From the Korean Juhea Kim, who has lived in Oregon for years and made her debut with a work that smacks of courage and freedom, to the Italian Claudia Lanteri, who decided to give a new face to crime fiction by immersing the case to be solved in the waters turbidity of a “fallible” memory, that’s it five books to read to discover five emerging authors.

Books to read to discover 5 emerging authors

“Like Tigers in the Snow” by Juhea Kim

When “Like Tigers in the Snow” entered the publishing market two years ago, many agreed in affirming the great abilities of Juhea Kim, considered one of the most interesting authors in Korea.

His debut book is a historical ensemble novel in which the predominant protagonist, together with the events that contributed to making Korea as we know it today, is love.

Korea, 1917. It is desperation that drives the hunter. For days he has been following tracks in the snow, hoping to find prey with which he can feed his children. But the search is interrupted by the encounter with a group of Japanese officers, lost in those mountains. And by the appearance of a tiger.

Jade is only ten years old when her mother sells her to a house of courtesans. A sacrifice dictated by poverty, which however Jade soon understands to be an opportunity. Only the most beautiful and refined women can be part of that world and, one day, buy their freedom. However, when tragedy strikes her home, Jade is forced to move to Seoul. Where her destiny awaits her…

When his father dies, Jung-ho has no choice but to leave his hunting village and try his luck in the capital, joining the ranks of young strays who survive thanks to subterfuge and petty theft. Yet it is enough for him to lay his gaze on Jade once to understand that he wants to become a man worthy of her…

“Sisters” by Daisy Johnson

Among the most beloved emerging authors of recent times is Daisy Johnson, already the author of an astonishing debut novel and back in bookstores with “Sisters”, with which she once again investigates the fragile world of feelings and bonds.

The youngest writer ever shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a rising star of English fiction.

Teenage sisters July and September are held together by a symbiotic bond forged with a promise of blood when they were children. As close as two girls born ten months apart can be, it is sometimes difficult to establish where one ends and the other begins.

Accustomed to isolation, they have never had friends: they are self-sufficient. But one afternoon at school something unspeakable happens. Something you can’t go back from.

“The island and time” by Claudia Lanteri

Among the emerging Italian authors of recent months, Claudia Lanteri stands out with her surprising “The Island and Time”, which takes up the topos of crime fiction by covering it with a new light, yet to be discovered.

Imagine a volcanic island of wild beauty south of Sicily, on the threshold of the 1960s.

And imagine the arrival of a little green boat with an exhausted castaway on board and the corpse of a woman, his wife. It is an event that breaks the quiet of that world, then slowly everyone returns to their own life.

But for the protagonist of “Island and Time”, those days, and the investigation that followed, are a subject to be told for thirty years to anyone who bothers to listen to him: women passing by, street urchins, tourists who little by little change the face of the island.

Because in that handful of hours an unsolved enigma condenses first of all within him. There are places that are worlds. This is the never-named island, opposite the ‘Mpidusa, towards the end of the 1950s: a few inhabitants who have always known each other, three peaks seen from the sea, the dry vegetation, the black earth.

“Sad Tiger” by Neige Sinno

How can we not talk about Neige Sinno and his latest triumph at the European Strega Prize? With her “Triste tigre” she rightfully enters among the most interesting authors of recent times, thanks to a work in which essay and narration mix to deconstruct the figure of a man-tormentor.

She must have been seven years old, maybe nine, Neige doesn’t remember exactly, when her stepfather started abusing her. Apart from the exact moment in which it all began (the trauma has forever altered the chronology of events), the memories are perfectly engraved in the mind and body of the woman that Neige has become.

The decision at nineteen to break the silence, the denunciation, the public trial, prison for the rapist, the new life far away from France. And that woman wondered for a long time whether to write the book you hold in your hands, because she only found reasons not to. Until the day her past caught up with her and the impossibility of writing became the impossibility of not writing.

“The Summer My Mother Got Green Eyes” by Tatiana Ţîbuleac

Tatiana Ţîbuleac is one of the most intriguing authors of contemporary European literature. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover it through this beautiful novel that tells the story of the mother-son relationship and the resurfacing of a memory that invites love and forgiveness.

Aleksy still remembers the last summer he spent with his mother. Many years have passed since then, but when his therapist advises him to relive that period of his past to try to overcome the creative block he is experiencing as a painter, Aleksy begins a journey that will make him confront the emotions of the summer in which he and his mother arrived in a French holiday village…

How to get over your sister’s disappearance? How to forgive the mother who rejected him? How to deal with the illness that is consuming her?

This is the story of a summer of reconciliation, of three months in which mother and son finally lay down their weapons, driven by the arrival of the inevitable and the need to make peace with each other and with themselves.

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