There is no question that April brings with it many of the year’s most impressive works of fiction and nonfiction. (And don’t worry about poetry; we’ll handle it separately.) From Renata Adler to Masha Gessen, through established masters of fiction like Toni Morrison and Steven Millhauser, to undeniable new talents like Amelia Gray and Viet Thanh Nguyen, this month sprints the gamut before the industry takes a short and probably literal nap.
The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, Masha Gessen (April 7)
“It was him,” Judy Clark, attorney for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, told judge and jury in the case of the Boston Marathon bomber. The question is not whether the Tsarnaev brothers carried out the bombing that killed three people and injured hundreds. It’s whether one brother brainwashed the other. With the release of The Brothers by Masha Gessen, an author perhaps most famous for her book on Vladimir Putin, perhaps we’ll learn more than we have from the court proceedings.