by Kathryn Brooks, Fiona Clarke and Sarah Robertson
Whether it’s on a vacation to a remote locale or lazy days by the pool, these new page-turners will help you beat the heat.
Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
The tale of Turtle, a teenage girl being raised by her unstable widower father in the Northern California wilderness, will draw you so intimately into the heart and mind of this troubled captive that you’ll almost feel her anguish—emotional and physical—as your own through the page. Tallent’s breathtaking debut is a harrowing and at times psychologically difficult journey on the scale of A Little Life or The Goldfinch, but it’s worth it. The unflagging tenacity of this young heroine as she navigates her path to adulthood against seemingly insurmountable odds is a true inspiration.
Marlena by Julie Buntin
Fifteen-year-old Cat falls victim to the inescapable force that is Marlena, her new next door neighbor, in this unsettling and gorgeous debut novel. As Marlena’s wild ways begin to leave an indelible mark on the impressionable Cat, timeless and universal truths about the nature of adolescence, the tenuousness of identity, and the complexities of human friendship are unearthed in poignant prose.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
The third installment of Kwan’s side-splittingly satirical, insatiably voyeuristic Crazy Rich Asians series revives the larger-than-life world of a wealthy Chinese family. This time, the clan’s various members gather at the bedside of a dying matriarch, seemingly to pay their respects but really hoping to take home a piece of the billion-dollar pie. Familial infighting and hilarious dramatics ensue once again, promising yet another page-turning romp through the rarefied world of Asia’s upper crust
Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexander Fuller
Fuller’s made her name as a revered memoirist, most recently with 2015’s Leaving Before the Rains Come. But this June marks her stunning breakthrough into fiction with a novel set on a Native American reserve in South Dakota. Fuller’s narrative of the rifts that divide us from even the closest of kin—and the impossibility of ever fully escaping our roots—will ring hauntingly true for us all.
The Ready-Made Thief by Augustus Rose
The 20th-century surrealist art world meets 21st-century digital and popular culture in Rose’s mesmerizing debut thriller. It opens with 17-year-old Lee at home in the placid Philadelphia suburbs. She quickly finds herself on a fast-paced adventure, starting with juvenile detention and moving to homeless desperation and an illicit underground society with a mission that could threaten the underpinnings of human society. It’s as cleverly written as it is illuminating and deeply referential, and once you start we dare you to try to put it down.