Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
Tom Lake is a meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents have led before their children were born. Both hopeful and elegiac, it explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart. As in all of her novels, Ann Patchett combines compelling narrative artistry with piercing insights into family dynamics. The result is a rich and luminous story, told with profound intelligence and emotional subtlety.
The Guest by Emma Cline
The Guest uses our cultural obsession with wealth and luxury to salt its protagonist’s wounds as she struggles to stay afloat. The novel takes place in an affluent town on the East End of Long Island and follows Alex—a 22-year-old outsider hiding from the ugly reality of her life—while she leeches off its ultra-rich yet oblivious residents.
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
Remarkably Bright Creatures is a luminous debut novel about a widow’s unlikely friendship with a giant Pacific octopus reluctantly residing at the local aquarium—and the truths she finally uncovers about her son’s disappearance 30 years ago.
White House by the Sea by Kate Storey
White House by the Sea is an intimate, multigenerational story of the Kennedy family as seen through their Hyannis Port compound on Cape Cod—the iconic place where they’ve celebrated, mourned, and bonded—based on more than a hundred in-depth interviews by Rolling Stone editor and journalist Kate Storey.
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