New Fiction Roundup – June 2018

6/5: The Book of M by Peng Shepherd – In a near-future world, people’s shadows begin to disappear. Once their shadow is lost, so too are all their memories. Ory and his wife Max have so far escaped the Forgetting, but when Max’s shadow disappears and she runs away, Ory is determined to follow and find her.

6/5: Florida by Lauren Groff – A collection of short stories set in Florida, full of storms, snakes, sinkholes and secrets. By the author of Fates and Furies.

6/5: How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson – This sequel to I Don’t Know How She Does It finds Kate Reddy grappling with her teenage daughter’s internet scandal and her husband’s unemployment. She decides to lie about her age and reinvent herself in order to secure a job with a hedge fund. A Peak Pick!

6/5: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – Stella Lane is a 30-year-old econometrician with Asperger’s syndrome, successful and happy with her work but feeling the pressure to be better at romantic relationships. So she hires escort Michael Phan to help her figure out the physical stuff. Sparks fly.

6/5: Kudos by Rachel Cusk – In her conclusion to the trilogy that began with Outline, the unnamed narrator, a writer, attends a literary conference in Germany. There she reflects on the changes in her life and the public performance of the creative persona, the tension between truth and representation, and more.

Book cover image of Plum Rains6/5: Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax – 100-year-old Sayoko is cared for by Angelica Navarro, a Filipina nurse who worries she is about to be replaced by a cutting-edge robot “friend” gifted to Sayoko. As the three share a home, Sayoko begins to tell stories of her past.

6/5: There, There by Tommy Orange – This debut novel chronicles the lives of contemporary Native Americans living in Oakland in advance of the city’s inaugural Big Oakland Powwow. A Peak Picks title!

6/5: Us Against You by Frederik Backman – Returning to the setting of Beartown, residents learn that their hockey team may be disbanded, a fact their rivals take intense joy in. As a new coach comes to town and they try to make a comeback, tensions between communities increase.

6/5: The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz – In this mystery, Horowitz casts a fictional version of himself as a ghost writer helping disgraced detective Daniel Hawthorne write his life story, at the same time getting pulled into Hawthorne’s latest murder investigation. By the author of Magpie Murders.

6/12: Fight No More by Lydia Millet – Twelve interlocking, compassionately satirical short stories describe a broken family through the houses they inhabit, exploring what it means to be home.

6/12: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier – This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years. Set in Seattle.

Book cover image of Who Is Vera Kelly6/12: Who is Vera Kelly by Rosalie Knecht – New York City, 1962, and Vera Kelly is plucked from a life of struggling to make rent and sent by the CIA to infiltrate a group of student activists in Argentina. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, she’ll have to save herself.

6/19: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai – Set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, two characters deal with the carnage of the AIDS crisis in their friend group and its aftermath in their lives.

6/19: Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li – When disaster strikes a beloved Chinese restaurant in Rockville, Maryland, controlled chaos is set loose forcing owners and employees to confront conflicts they’ve avoided.

6/26: The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay – Wen and her dads, vacationing at a remote New Hampshire cabin, are surprised by a group of strangers who arrive and enter their home in a tense tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse and survival in this novel by horror master Tremblay.

6/26: The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar – Bhima, the main character of Umrigar’s novel The Space Between Us, returns. Formerly a servant, she struggles against the circumstances of class and misfortune to forge a new path for herself and her granddaughter in modern India.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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