We’re focusing on NOVELS for our June Book Club! Is there anything more satisfying than getting lost in a fictional world while sitting out in the sun on a beautiful day, or escaping the heat with a book and a tall glass of lemonade? These picks will transport you to places both vastly different and perhaps uncannily similar to your own, and will introduce you to characters of all stripes that may surprise and even frighten you! No matter what, these are all unforgettable stories by masterly writers that will keep your attention during those sweet days of late Spring and early Summer.
Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson, 192 pages, Fiction
In her first adult novel in twenty years, Woodson presents two very different versions of Brooklyn, New York; one that brims with sweet childhood memories, neighborhood streets, and a budding friendship, and another that bristles with danger, where mothers disappear and ghosts haunt the night. A finalist for the National Book Award, Another Brooklyn illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood and exquisitely renders a powerful and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.
Bright, Precious Days, Jay McInerney, 416 pages, Fiction
The third book in McInerney’s Calloway trilogy begins days before the financial crash that rocked America. Russell and Corrine Calloway seem to be living a charmed life, replete with parties, fulfilling jobs, perfect children, and homes in sought-after zip codes. However, things begin to crumble between them when Russell feels compelled to pursue an audacious—and potentially ruinous—opportunity, and the man with whom Corrine had an affair suddenly reappears. McInerney’s novel will certainly keep you reading during those long, summer days.
The Girls, Emma Cline, 368 pages, Fiction
In this eerie, seductive debut novel, Emma Cline takes us to Northern California at the end of the 1960’s. Evie Boyd, a lonely teenager, gets swept up in a group of girls, a cult, and its charismatic leader. This instant bestseller was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award, and shortlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Cline was also a 2016 Festival Author!
The Nix, Nathan Hill, 752 pages, Fiction
In this sweeping and bristling debut novel, Nathan Hill takes the reader on a journey through time and place. We meet Samuel Andresen-Anderson, a flailing English professor whose estranged mother – he finds out through the news – is charged with having committed an absurd crime. Hill takes us back in time to the mother’s past, the Chicago riots, Samuel’s childhood, and beyond. There’s truly something for everyone in this all-encompassing novel.
Still Here, Lara Vapnyar, 336 pages, Fiction
Ever wonder what will happen to your Facebook page after you’re gone? In her fourth novel, Vapnyar’s character Sergey develops a program called “Virtual Grave,” which preserves a person’s online presence after death. In this modern exploration of the absurdities of the digital age, Vapnyar follows the intertwined lives of four Russian immigrants in New York City as they grapple with love and tumult, and the challenges of a new home.
Staff Pick: City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende (translated by Margaret Sayers Peden), 406 pages, Fiction
Allende’s Amazonian adventure story will appeal to all ages! With his mother in the hospital, too ill to look after him, fifteen-year-old Alexander tags along with his grandmother, a fearless reporter, on an expedition of a lifetime, to the dangerous, remote Amazon rainforest.