Stuff your tote with some of this summer’s most anticipated books. Dark, funny, fluffy, or twisted — there’s something smart for everyone under the sun.
The Stationery Shop, by Marjan Kamali
A book and stationery store owner sets a teenage romance in motion in 1953 Tehran. On the eve of the young couple’s wedding, the country erupts into chaos and the bridegroom never shows up. Sixty years later, they meet again in this story of loss and love.
Orange World and Other Stories, by Karen Russell
We liked Swamplandia and are still obsessed with Sleep Donation, so we’re certainly excited about Karen Russell’s new collection of bitterly funny, outlandishly crafted short stories. Buckle up for a ride through stories of survival, love, and transformation with unexpected twists and turns.
Mrs. Everything, by Jennifer Weiner
Two sisters grow up 1950s Detroit with expectations of a traditional life with a happily-ever-after trajectory in Jennifer Weiner’s latest. But all is upended as they navigate the world of free love, Woodstock, Vietnam, and women’s lib. They take different paths and follow different dreams as they try to figure out how a woman should be in the world.
Flash Count Diary, by Darcey Steinke
Did you know that only human women and female killer whales go through menopause? Or that in the 17th century women who had public hot flashes were accused of being witches? Us either. And, thankfully, this is not about the pros and cons of hormone replacement but rather a wise and honest argument for the beauty and power of women’s post-reproductive years.
How Could She, by Lauren Mechling
This bitingly funny novel of female friendship set in New York City’s hyper-competitive media world is infused with the city’s hopes and energy along with a dose of delusion. Three old friends manipulate each other as they set their sights on love and success in an city of expectations.
Good Girl, Bad Girl, by Michael Robotham
Dive into a dark, clever suspense novel about a young girl who has the uncanny ability to know when someone is lying. Her forensic psychologist is trying to unravel her secrets when he’s called to investigate the murder of another girl. It’s a page-turner best read in bright sunlight.
Honestly, We Meant Well, by Grant Ginder
You don’t have to buy a plane ticket to be transported to the sun-soaked Greek islands by the author of the hilarious The People We Hate at Weddings. That’s where Sue Ellen Wright takes her cheating husband and messed-up son to try to save her family. Drama and comedy ensue in Grant Ginder’s new novel.
Fleishman Is in Trouble, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
It’s always nice when a journalist makes her fiction debut, and Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s highly anticipated book explores modern love and marriage through the lens of divorce and a mother who drops the kids with dad and disappears.
Speaking of Summer, by Kalisha Buckhanon
In Kalisha Buckhanon’s newest, Autumn’s twin sister, Summer, goes missing from the Harlem brownstone they share. The authorities are indifferent to another missing black woman, so Autumn searches for her sister on her own, discovering other murders of local women in her quest.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong
This is a raw, shattering debut written as a letter from a son to his illiterate mother as he unearths a family history rooted in Vietnam. There are revelations and explorations of race, class, violence, and trauma as he tells his story and asks how we can survive, rescue one another, and, most importantly, be heard.
Biloxi, by Mary Miller
We never pass over a dog-driven novel, and this one is good. A retired man is depressed after his wife of 37 years left him when he happens upon a sign offering “free dogs.” On impulse, he takes home an overweight, mixed breed named Laya, who becomes his horizon-stretching best friend.
Patsy, by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Determined to find a better life for herself, Patsy leaves her mother and 5-year-old daughter in Jamaica to start a new life in Brooklyn. The story weaves between Patsy and her daughter through the years — until they ultimately find their way back together again.