GREAT SUMMER READS
THE SILKWORM by Robert Galbraith
This time it’s no secret: Robert Galbraith is actually J.K. Rowling. Her second pseudonymous novel features The Cuckoo’s Calling’s Cormoran Strike on the trail of a novelist’s brutal murderer. Prepub anticipation isn’t quite Potter level … but we can’t wait.
ALL FALL DOWN by Jennifer Weiner
Allison Weiss has the job, the man and the daughter she’s always wanted, so why is she turning to pills to get through her days? A cautionary tale about addiction’s slippery slope.
ANIMAL MADNESS by Laurel Braitman
Remember that mutt you once had who didn’t seem wired quite right? A historian of science explores emotional disturbance in animals and how it can help us understand our own minds.
THE UNEXPECTED WALTZ by Kim Wright
From the author of the overlooked gem Love in Mid Air (check it out in paperback), a joyful novel about regaining your midlife groove through ballroom dancing.
THE FEVER by Megan Abbott
In Abbott’s affecting seventh novel, a mysterious affliction suddenly spreading among teenage girls shakes a community to its core.
ONE PLUS ONE by Jojo Moyes
Summer and Jojo Moyes’s delightful novels (Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind) go perfectly together. For this year’s beach bag: a story about a single mom, a geeky stranger and a family trip to the Math Olympiad.
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park author Rowell returns to adult fiction with a novel about an L.A. wife and mom who tries decidedly unorthodox methods (time travel, anyone?) to save her crumbling marriage.
THE MATCHMAKER by Elin Hilderbrand
The arrival of an old flame on her native Nantucket sets 48-year-old Dabney Kimball Beech’s heart aflutter – until tragedy threatens to intervene and she must call on her matchmaking skills for salvation.
LIFE DRAWING by Robin Black
In this nuanced debut, long-married painter Augusta and writer Owen move to the country to devote themselves to art. Instead (like, does that ever work out?) they find them-selves increasingly enmeshed in their neighbors’ lives.
THE ROMANOV SISTERS by Helen Rappaport
Drawing on previously unseen letters and diary entries, Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of Tatiana, Olga, Maria and Anastasia, the intelligent, sensitive, doomed grand duchesses who were executed along with their parents and brother during the Russian Revolution.
FRIENDSHIP by Emily Gould
Fans of Lena Dunham’s Girls should appreciate this funny first novel about two tech-savvy 30ish pals navigating work and what passes for love in modern-day New York City.
SUMMER HOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL by Herman Koch
The author of last year’s The Dinner is back with another engrossing chiller, this time about a doc to the stars and a medical procedure gone horribly wrong.
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