New in Paperback: ‘The Pull of the Stars’ and ‘Memorial Drive’

STRANGER IN THE SHOGUN’S CITY: A Japanese Lady and Her World, by Amy Stanley. (Scribner, 352 pp., $18.) Stanley’s discovery of a Nineteenth-century letter from a Buddhist priest’s daughter who fled her household’s rural village for town that may quickly develop into Tokyo was the genesis for this 2020 biography, which gained the Nationwide Guide Critics Circle and PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld awards.

THE PULL OF THE STARS, by Emma Donoghue. (Again Bay, 320 pp., $16.99.) Like Donoghue’s “Room,” this “arresting” page-turner, as our reviewer, Karen Thompson Walker, referred to as it, set within the “fever/maternity” ward of a Dublin hospital throughout the 1918 flu epidemic, focuses on one house. Whereas the title is a translation of “influenza delle stelle,” from which the illness bought its identify, the writer pins her characters’ struggling on society.

A TIME FOR MERCY, by John Grisham. (Bantam, 480 pp., $18.) “It’s good to return to the courtroom with somebody we belief,” is how our reviewer, Sarah Lyall, greeted this third Grisham novel to characteristic Jake Brigance, a small-town Mississippi lawyer “specializing in unpopular, seemingly unwinnable instances.” He first appeared in “A Time to Kill.” Right here he’s defending a 16-year-old boy whose “wonderful causes for committing homicide” don’t change the truth that he’s responsible.

THE DEATH OF JESUS, by J.M. Coetzee. (Penguin, 208 pp., $17.) On this remaining novel within the Nobel laureate’s Jesus trilogy, David, at 10 years previous, is now recognizably a Jesus determine, although the identify isn’t used and the gospel he preaches is that of Don Quixote, who, Coetzee has argued, exemplifies the concept that fantasy can carry us to a “true,” “dwelling” world.

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