Whether you’re looking for something new for a day at the beach, or the longer days make you more inclined to pick up a book, these summer releases are guaranteed page turners.
Historical fiction: There There by Tommy Orange (June 5)
A debut novel from Tommy Orange, There There dives into the lives of 12 different Native American characters living in Oakland, California. Orange’s debut earned praise from Margaret Atwood and Louise Erdrich, making it one of the summer’s most anticipated releases. The interconnected stories throughout the novel keeps you curious and on the edge of your seat.
Science fiction: The Book of M by Peng Shepherd (June 5)
If you’re looking for something in the science fiction and fantasy world, The Book of M, released in early June, may be the book for you. The plot centers on people around the world losing their memories and their shadows—a strange phenomenon that nobody seems to have the answer to. Delve into this futuristic world with this unique new release.
Personal essays: Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young (July 3)
Young’s collection of personal essays is powerful; and offers readers a glimpse into her unique New Zealand upbringing. As you step into Young’s world, you’ll suddenly understand why this collection has already won awards. Her perspective takes on many different angles and you’ll instantly be mesmerized by the lyrical prose.
Literary fiction: The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen (July 10)
The Last Cruise follows the story of ocean liner Queen Isabella and the band of characters that yearn to experience what a 20th century cruise is like. It intertwines the stories of crew members and guests in a way that keeps you guessing and turning the page. This is a dramatic story filled with all the qualities that make up one memorable psychological thriller.
Literary fiction: From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan (July 17)
The story follows three men—all trying to cope with loss and experiences that have left them in search of answers. This four-part story takes place in rural Ireland, and the narrative takes you on the characters’ journeys of finding happiness amidst struggles. Lose yourself in another one of Donal’s masterpieces.
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