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All Fours

While the protagonist’s self-obsessions and erotic escapades won’t be to everyone’s liking, July’s novel is a quirky, funny, even tender feminist tale that defies expectations about the lives women can lead.

The God of the Woods

Moore’s novel is wild yet delicate, with complex characters and an immersive reading experience that will draw audiences. Its explorations of class, crime, and family dynamics, in addition to Moore’s incredible storytelling, will appeal to readers of Lisa Jewell, Tana French, and Lucy Foley.

Somehow: Thoughts on Love

Recommended. Readers already familiar with Lamott’s nonfiction work will find comfort in her familiar touchstone topics of faith, family, and recovery viewed through the lens of love and aging. Readers new to Lamott might want to start with her earlier works such as Help Thanks Wow or Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.


Fragmented chapters, as is Kwon’s style, might make this novel a challenging read for some, but the work offers much for book groups and individuals to ponder.

Memory Piece

Ko, whose debut novel, The Leavers, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award, contextualizes her characters’ lives in relation to major social and historical events over the decades. This is an ambitious and serious novel.

The Alternatives

Hughes (The Wild Laughter) tells an intriguing story of complex family connections, highlighting the diversity that often exists among siblings, and underlining the commonalities that tie them together. Readers will enjoy this story about the need for family, independence, and support.

Parasol Against the Axe

Readers of literary fiction, those who love stories whose protagonists are entire cities, and the many fans of the award-winning Oyeyemi will fall in love with the novel’s constantly shifting perspectives every bit as much as the author has clearly fallen in love with Prague.

You Dreamed of Empires

In Enrigue’s well-researched novel, a segment of Aztec history comes to life, with the author’s own twist.

Land of Milk and Honey

Detailed descriptions of shockingly extravagant dining, from ortolans to mammoth meat, take center stage, propelling this narrative to fantastic heights. A tidy conclusion provides a happily-ever-after feel that contrasts nicely with the dire exigencies of the main plot.

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