Burning Down George Orwell's House by Andrew Ervin (Soho Press, 288 pages, May 5)
This promises to be a pretty hilarious novel. When Ray Welter leaves his ad exec job and runs off to Scotland (specifically the Isle of Jura) to live in the cottage where Orwell wrote most of Nineteen Eighty-Four, he finds himself surrounded by suspicious and eccentric fellow islanders. Apparently, at one point he joins them on a werewolf hunt on the summer solstice. Yep.
The Love Object: Selected Stories by Edna O'Brien (Little, Brown and Company, 544 pages, May 5)
If you've loved Edna O'Brien's work, you'll be crazy-excited for this collection of thirty-one stories focusing on the people and culture of Ireland, as well as such themes as nostalgia, class, and coming-of-age issues. O'Brien won the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award in 2011.