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Summer Must List: Best new reads

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The Invisible Bridge
Julie Orringer
Novel
The WWII-set work is an epic in the old-fashioned sense: a large cast, virtuosic prose, and forceful story lines. We’d say they don’t write them like this anymore, but Orringer just did.

Kraken
China Miéville
Novel
When a giant squid goes missing from a London museum, the curator quickly finds himself descending into the murky depths of the weird, in this lovingly crafted Lovecraft homage.

The Lonely Polygamist
Brady Udall
Novel
The story of a man with four wives, 28 children, and absolutely no clue. The exploits of Udall’s surprisingly relatable protagonist and his brood will have you laughing out loud and shedding tears within pages of each other.

Broken
Karin Slaughter
Novel
This may not be the summer’s only thriller titled Broken from someone named Karin (see Karin Fossum’s upcoming novel). But this suspense-procedural is more than distinct — it’s a white-knuckle crossover featuring characters from both of Slaughter’s popular series.

Sea Escape
Lynne Griffin
Novel
A daughter cares for her mother after a stroke, and slowly begins to learn more about the woman who raised her, in this multigenerational novel that plucks the heartstrings like Django Reinhardt.

Beautiful Maria of My Soul
Oscar Hijuelos
Novel
A Cuba-set tale of sex, beauty, and dancing, the vibrant sequel to The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love will guarantee you’re Havana good time this summer.

The Last Stand
Nathaniel Philbrick
Nonfiction
From the author of In the Heart of the Sea, this meticulously researched account tells of General Custer’s famous final moments at the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the events that led up to them.

One Day
David Nicholls
Novel
A clever conceit — depicting two friends — maybe lovers for one day every year over 20 years — transforms into something truly moving. The movie adaptation is already in production, so read it now before it hits the big screen.

Matterhorn
Karl Marlantes
Novel
A book 30 years in the making. Vietnam veteran Marlantes has finally published his sweeping narrative of the war and the ravages it inflicts on the soldiers who fight it.

61 Hours
Lee Child
Novel
Child’s flint-hard itinerant ex-MP Jack Reacher returns for his 14th thriller. This time, he’s snowbound in a small town with a big crime problem. It’s so gripping you’ll end up reading 61 Hours in three.

More great books coming later this summer

I Curse the River of Time
Per Petterson (Aug. 3)
A man struggles during the Soviet Union’s fall….

My Hollywood
Mona Simpson (Aug. 6)
The lives of an L.A. woman and her Filipina nanny intertwine….

You Lost Me There
Rosecrans Baldwin (Aug. 12)
An Alzheimer’s researcher questions his own memories….

Last Night at Chateau Marmont
Lauren Weisberger (Aug. 17)
The latest novel from the author of The Devil Wears Prada….

Juliet
Anne Fortier (Aug. 24)
A novel about a woman who discovers her Shakespearean roots….

Freedom
Jonathan Franzen (Aug. 31)
The Corrections scribe returns.

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