Whether you’re on the bus or on the beach, here are some new fiction titles to get your summer reading under way.
6/13: The Changeling by Victor LaValle – Antiquarian book dealer Apollo Kagwa has built a happy family life with his wife and new baby son. When his family is torn apart by a violent act, Apollo begins a journey through fantastical corners of New York he didn’t know existed – with old magic and monsters – to bring his family back together.
6/13: The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton – Focusing on two young activists, Mariam and Khalil, Hamilton’s debut novel brings the reader to the streets of Cairo during the failed 2011 Egyptian revolution.
6/6: Dear Cyborgs by Eugene Lim – Two Asian American boys bond over comic books while a team of superheroes on lunch talk boredom, artistic malaise, and the demands of modern capitalism.
6/6: The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor – Two decades after surviving a shark bite, marine biologist Maeve Donnelly returns to her grandmother’s hotel on the Florida Gulf Coast to reckon with lost love, family expectations, and a shark finning operation.
6/6: Camino Island by John Grisham – A young woman is recruited to recover priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts that were stolen during a daring heist.
6/6: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry – In the late 19th century, an intellectual young widow and a pious vicar investigate rumors of a mythical sea creature blamed for a death in coastal Essex.
6/20: The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz – When FBI agent Jane Hawk’s husband dies by suicide, she goes off the grid to investigate the conspiracy behind his death and a string of related suicides.
6/6: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz – Editor Susan Ryeland receives the latest manuscript from her best-selling mystery author Alan Conway. But the manuscript is unfinished, and Conway has died by suicide – has he written clues to why in his book? A clever mystery-within-a-mystery.
6/27: The Waking Land by Callie Bates – Elanna has grown up as a comfortable hostage in King Antoine’s castle. When the King is killed, she goes on the run; but will Elanna finally use the magic she has repressed for so long?
6/6: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn – Quinn weaves together two storylines: that of the Alice network, women spies active in World War I; and that of a young woman determined to find her cousin in the aftermath of World War II.
6/6: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy – Returning with her first novel in 20 years, Roy takes us across the Indian subcontinent over many years, exploring the intertwined stories of six compelling characters.
6/20: Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown – When wife and mother Billie disappears from a solo hiking trip, her husband and daughter mourn her and struggle with their grief. But was Billie the woman she appeared to be?
6/27: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory – A generations-spanning family of psychics–both blessed and burdened by their abilities–must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia, and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them.
6/13: The Little French Bistro by Nina George – Pushed over the edge by the state of her marriage, Marianne ditches her life in Paris and sets out for the westernmost coast of Brittany where she works to heal through the company of quirky locals and work at a seaside bistro.
6/27: Amatka by Karin Tidbeck – Vanja, a government worker, is sent to the colony of Amatka on a research assignment. Discovering a threat to the colony, Vanja begins a risky investigation in a world where language has the power to shape – or destroy – reality.
~ posted by Andrea G.