Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
“As with the best and most meaningful American fiction these days, old truths are recast here in new realities rife with both peril and promise.” The terrible beauty of life along the nation’s lower margins is summoned in this bold, bright, and sharp-eyed road novel. Read full book review.
The Relive Box and Other Stories by T.C. Boyle
“Fans and new readers alike will appreciate Boyle’s droll humor, eye for detail, and seemingly inexhaustible imagination.” The prolific Boyle provides high entertainment in his latest story collection. Read full book review.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
“Realistically detailed, poetically charged, and utterly satisfying: apparently there’s nothing Egan can’t do.” After stretching the boundaries of fiction in myriad ways (including a short story written in Tweets), Pulitzer Prize winner Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad, 2010, etc.) does perhaps the only thing left that could surprise: she writes a thoroughly traditional novel. Read full book review.
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
“There is much to rue in this novel about our world but also hope for salvation: “I think we have survived because we love beauty and because we find each other beautiful,” as the novel’s protagonist puts it. “I think it may be our strongest quality.”” The idea that evolution could suddenly move backward may seem like an incredible fantasy, but in this dreamlike, suspenseful novel, it’s a fitting analogue for the environmental degradation we already experience. Read full book review.
Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides
“Sprightly or serious, Eugenides consistently writes about complex lives with depth and compassion.” Well-off, well-intentioned people find their just-so lives upended, often in curious ways, in this first collection of short stories by Eugenides (The Marriage Plot, 2011, etc.). Read full book review.
Here In Berlin by Cristina García
“A stunning collection of memories, snippets, and specters.” A visitor to Berlin accumulates the haunting stories of its residents. Read full book review.
Strange Weather by Joe Hill
“Worth waiting in line for, if you’re a Hill fan. If you’re not, this is the book to turn you into one.” Horrormeister Hill (The Fireman, 2016) offers a four-pack of mayhem in this sparkling collection of short novels. Read full book review.
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen…