A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD
by Jennifer Egan
This powerful novel kicks off in modern-day New York with kleptomaniac Sasha and her boss, music producer Bennie Salazar, then skips back to Bennie’s youth as an aspiring punk rocker. Egan (The Keep) introduces a dizzying array of characters-Bennie’s bandmates and their girlfriends, his mentor Lou and Lou’s damaged kids-but it all makes brilliant sense in the end. A thought-provoking examination of how and why we change_and what change and constancy mean in a Facebook-era world where “the days of losing touch are almost gone.” (June)
HOW DID YOU GET THIS NUMBER
by Sloane Crosley
By the author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake, sweetly comic essays on the topsy-turvy years of early adulthood: from rooming with an anorexic in N.Y.C. to misadventures in Alaska. (June)
BEAUTIFUL MARIA OF MY SOUL
by Oscar Hijuelos
A sequel of sorts to 1989’s The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, with the focus this time on Mambo Kings muse Maria as she leaves her girlhood behind in mid-20th-century Cuba. (June)
by Chevy Stevens
Crackling with suspense, this debut thriller stars Annie O’Sullivan, a young realtor who recounts her year-long ordeal as the captive of a rapist she calls simply “The Freak.” Her imprisonment, escape and fraught reentry into ordinary life will have you glued to the page. (July)
PRAY FOR SILENCE
by Linda Castillo
It’s shades of In Cold Blood when a family of seven is brutally murdered at their home in Painters Mill, Ohio. But the Plank family was Amish-and their teenage daughter was flirting outside the fold. Another chilling thriller by the author of 2009’s Sworn to Silence. (June)
by Joshilyn Jackson
Trapped in an abusive marriage, Rose Mae meets a fortune teller who predicts that her husband is going to kill her-unless she kills him first. Her journey pulses with fierce determination. (June)
by Elin Hilderbrand
It’s not just her covers that say “perfect beach book”: Nantucket native Hilderbrand (The Castaways) has the romantic drama down as well. Her juicy ninth sets newly divorced Birdie Cousins, her daughters Chess and Tate and her widowed sister India on an island that just happens to be home to hot handyman Barrett Lee. (July)
by Cammie McGovern
In this page-turner, DNA evidence exonerates Betsy Treading, who’s spent 12 years in prison for killing her Milford, Conn., neighbor. Her subsequent attempts to find the real murderer uncover a host of dark suburban secrets. (June)
by Lisa Unger
The disappearance of their son’s girlfriend-and the growing suspicion that he was involved-shake Maggie and Jones’ marriage and reopen old wounds in their close-knit town. A nail-biting, nuanced whodunit. (August)
THE SUMMER WE READ GATSBY
by Danielle Ganek
Ensconced in the ramshackle Southampton cottage they’ve inherited from their Aunt Lydia, two wildly different half sisters search for a mystery treasure-and learn plenty about themselves and each other. A smart, entertaining romp.
by Bret Easton Ellis
In this hypnotic novel, Ellis returns to the debauched characters from his acclaimed ’85 debut, Less Than Zero, who are now firmly entrenched in middle age. A haunting vision of disillusionment, 21st-century style.
by Kate Moses
All the sweet treats in the world-and the Moses family seemed to have them all-couldn’t soothe the pain of the author’s dysfunctional upbringing. Still, baking became her therapy; she includes tempting recipes here. A compelling coming-of-age tale with a rich and satisfying finish.
MARCUS OF UMBRIA
by Justine van der Leun
Subtitled What an Italian Dog Taught an American Girl about Love, this memoir features a New York editor in Italy who finds that the English pointer she adopts is a worthier companion than the sexy gardener she had set her sights on. Charming.