Death in Her Hands, The Constant Rabbit and more: Happy’s Weekend Reading

On the list for this weekend: the Booker Prize-shortlisted author Ottessa Moshfegh returns with Death in Her Hands and Masha Gessen contemplates an autocratic takeover in America in Surviving Autocracy.

Jasper Fforde’s protagonist deals with some very interesting neighbours in his new satire, The Constant Rabbit, Lake Life by David James Poissant explores a family’s reaction to a tragedy and Samir Puri measures the lasting impact of imperialism. Let’s check out the selection.

Death in Her Hands Ottessa Moshfegh
Death in Her Hands author Ottessa Moshfegh. Photo: Dru Donovan

Death in Her Hands, The Constant Rabbit, Surviving Autocracy, Lake Life and The Great Imperial Hangover are among the best new books for this weekend.

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh

After discovering a note in the woods, an obsession is sparked. Alone and nervous in her new home, the protagonist must deal with this new-found knowledge, in this suspenseful and darkly comic novel from Moshfegh. Via PenguinDeath in Her Hands Ottessa Moshfegh

The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde

Sure, you can move into a picturebook neighbourhood, with gardens that would make anyone jealous. But what about the neighbours themselves? Peter Knox is about to have his idyllic life turned upside-down with the arrival of rabbits next door. See more at HachetteThe Constant Rabbit Jasper Fforde

Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen’s analysis of the Trump administration draws on her experiences in Russia. This historic rival of America had its fledgling democracy snuffed out by the rise of a new totalitarian regime and Gessen asks if the same thing is happening in the United States. Via GrantaSurviving Autocracy Masha Gessen

Lake Life by David James Poissant

What should have been a treasured final holiday together for the Starling family is derailed when a tragedy occurs. On the threshold of a new era in their history, the family faces a reckoning that will stretch their internal relationships to the limit. See Simon & Schuster for more. Lake Life David James Poissant

The Great Imperial Hangover: How Empires Have Shaped the World by Samir Puri

Once upon a time, history celebrated the reigns of empires. Now, we quite rightly assess them through a critical lens. In a world ostensibly devoid of imperial powers, Puri dissects the myriad complexities of today’s international relationships and how we arrived at this juncture. Via Atlantic BooksSami Puri The Great Imperial Hangover