The pick of this month’s fic­tion

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The Killing Grounds Jack Ford HQ, June 29

A for­mer mil­i­tary man-turned-in­ves­ti­ga­tor is tor­tured by his past – bat­tles with So­mali pi­rates have left him in a dark. And when he goes to the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo to in­ves­ti­gate the mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance of a plane, what he finds is much more sin­is­ter.

The Things We Thought We Knew Mah­suda Snaith Dou­ble­day, June 15

Ravine and Mar­i­anne used to be best friends. Ten years on, Ravine is con­fined to bed, plagued by chronic pain, while Mar­i­anne has dis­ap­peared. What hap­pened that day and where has Mar­i­anne gone? This is a de­but work that ex­plores re­mem­ber­ing, for­get­ting, and lives from Bangladesh to Europe.

McGlue Ottessa Mosh­fegh Vin­tage, June 29

Salem, Mas­sachusetts, 1851. Sailor McGlue wakes up in his ship’s hold to learn that he has killed his one-time best friend John­son. He is suf­fer­ing from a head in­jury and sim­ply wants to blot out all rec­ol­lec­tions of his past. Mosh­fegh’s novel Eileen was short­listed for the Booker Prize last year.

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