A fascinating relationship is formed when a neurotic loner confronts an author, begging her to tell his unusual life story.
The Cookbook Collector
Goodman weaves real emotion into her tale of two sisters: a driven executive who navigates the late-’90s tech boom and a bookshop worker who becomes totally immersed in the literary world. A-
I Curse the River of Time
Petterson doesn’t dole out comfort in this domestic tragedy, just a reminder that since we can’t choose how we die, we’d better be careful how we choose to live. B
The Oriental Wife
In this tender and moving work, two immigrants manage to escape Hitler’s Germany to start a life in America — but then their luck runs out.
A working-class Jewish boy tries to transcend his hardscrabble beginnings in a richly worded, compulsively readable debut. A-
When a professional alligator wrestler dies, her family sinks into a murky swamp of disunion that is detailed in hilarious, pristine prose. A-