With so many unread books sitting on my shelves, certain books just fall to the wayside and it can take months (okay, sometimes even years) before I eventually get to them. I have no problems with an expanding library, but nothing gets me more excited to read a backlist book than seeing a movie trailer for it. These upcoming three, being released later this summer and fall, have recently made it to the top of my reading list.
The Wife by Meg Wolitzer (17 August 2018)
Meg Wolitzer has been high on my radar recently after the release of her most recent novel, The Female Persuasion. I’ve had her other novel, The Interestings, sitting on my shelf for years. It’s one of those books I’m keeping for a rainy day because I already know I’m going to love it. I hadn’t heard much about Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel, The Wife, until the trailer caught my eye.
The story follows Joan Castleman (played by the great Glenn Close) as she grapples with her marriage on a flight to Helsinki with her husband, Joseph, who is the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. We go back in time to see the beginnings of Joan and Joseph’s relationship (fun fact: young Joan is played by Glenn Close’s daughter!) as Wolitzer explores the sexism within the publishing world, how men often dominate elite industries and the sacrifices that some women make as wives and as mothers. It’s a short novel, coming in at just over 200 pages, but one that certainly would seem to pack a punch, particularly in a year like 2018.
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (31 August 2018)
Honestly, I don’t know why more of Sarah Waters’ novels haven’t been adapted for the big screen yet. They’re so atmospheric and evocative of the Victorian era that they would make stunning films. I read and adored Tipping the Velvet last year and have been meaning to pick up more of Waters’ work. I typically think of Waters’ novels as being ‘winter reads’, the type of books you pick up when it’s chilly outside and you’re able to curl up under a blanket, but with the upcoming release of The Little Stranger, it seems high time I add her to my summer reading!
The Little Stranger, Waters’ fourth novel, breaks away from the Victorian era she’s known for and is instead set in a crumbling English manor in the 1940s, following Dr. Faraday (played by Domhall Gleeson) as he is called to visit the Ayres family as they struggle with their dwindling wealth and a haunting presence throughout the house. I think Domhnall Gleeson is such a talented and underrated actor so I’m excited to see him again. The trailer looks particularly eerie, and since I’m often more comfortable with knowing what lies ahead when I watch these type of movies, I’ll definitely be reading the book before watching this!
The Children Act by Ian McEwan (14 September 2018)
You just have to say the words “Emma Thompson” and “Stanley Tucci” and I was already sold on seeing this. Again, I’ve owned the book for a while (can you see a pattern here?) but watching the trailer for the upcoming film really gave me the push I need to finally pick it up.
Emma Thompson plays Fiona Maye, a high-powered High Court family judge. Her morals are tested when a case involving a seventeen-year-old boy is gravely ill and whose religious beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness prohibit him from receiving a blood transfusion. His status as a minor means it falls on the court’s shoulders to decide his fate. In the midst of this, Fiona’s own personal life is also tested when her marriage to her husband, Jack (played by Stanley Tucci), begins to disintegrate. I’ve heard great things about Ian McEwan and after looking into more of his work, I really admire the way he seems to tackle such heavy, morally ambiguous, subjects in his work that I’m sure will leave you with plenty of thoughts long after you’ve finished them.
Will you be reading any of these before the films are released? Are there any other upcoming book to movie adaptions I need to know about? Let me know!