The Books List
Some favorite new releases for every literary taste
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On the day of her daughter’s high school graduation, happily married Flora Mancini is looking for an old photograph when she discovers an envelope containing her husband’s wedding ring—the one he said he lost over a decade ago. Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s Good Company is a smart and nuanced examination of the growing pains of long relationships, sure to spark great conversations about marriage, friendship, and parenthood.
A woman travels with her boyfriend to his sister’s wedding and meets his high-spirited family for the first time. A man takes his recently widowed elderly father on a long-awaited trip to Scotland. The stories in Elizabeth McCracken’s new collection, The Souvenir Museum, are witty, insightful, bittersweet, and charming— pitch-perfect reflections of the seemingly ordinary moments that come to define us.
A bold novel with an unforgettable protagonist, Dawnie Walton’s The Final Revival of Opal & Nev reads like a rockand-roll docudrama. It tells the story of Opal, one half of an Afro-punk duo in 1970s New York. They’re an unlikely pair—Nev is white and British; Opal is a Black American—and their rise to fame is upended by racial controversy. Decades later, when a potential reunion means confronting the past, tensions rise again, revealing the explosive power of speaking one’s truth.
Whereabouts, the new novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri (her first in nearly a decade), is a gorgeous, contemplative read about an unnamed woman’s solitary—but not necessarily lonely— life against the backdrop of an Italian city. Short, meditative chapters showcase her quiet existence in poetic prose that invites you to linger over the words. It’s a fascinating look at the daily choices that make up a life.
When Hannah Hall’s husband, Owen, suddenly disappears, his goodbye is a simple note: “Protect her.” She knows immediately he means her teenage stepdaughter. As FBI agents and U.S. marshals descend on their home, Hannah and the girl question Owen’s true identity, and realize they must work together to uncover why he left. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave is a fast-moving, heartfelt thriller about the sacrifices we make for the people we love most.