Summer Hours, Amy Mason Doan, Graydon House - Becc Reardon, ace student and fan of Nellie Bly and Ed Murrow, always intended to become a star print journalist.
The Object of Your Affections, Falguni Kothari, Graydon House - Paris Kahn Fraser and her Scottish husband Neal Singh Fraser have an idyllic life in NYC. Her career as assistant DA is blooming, and Neal’s family chain of furnishing and art stores is expanding.
Chelsea Girls, Fiona Davis, Random House - The historical novel, “Chelsea Girls,” verifies the old adage that history repeats itself. Fiona Davis’ drama unfolds during McCarthyism when entertainers living in the New York Chelsea Hotel were without evidence targeted for subversive practice and blacklisted as “communists” and “socialists.”
Ann Petry The Street, The Narrows, Farah Jasmine Griffin Editor - The Library of America has published two mind-boggling novels written by African-American Ann Petry, mostly obscure in the white-dominated 1940s-50s. Her acute observation and insight into human consciousness and foundations of racism in white-mainstream USA is profoundly provocative.
Stars in his Eyes, Marti Grionell, Amazon Crossing - 1949: Franco’s rule has settled on Spain like a lead weight.
The Black Ascot, Charles Todd, William Morrow - In 1910 two attendees at the famous Black Ascot horse race, Harold and Blanche Fletcher-Munro, left early in their car which later crashed. Blanche died.
The Last of the Stanfields, Marc Levy, Amazon Crossing - London, England: Eleanor-Rigby Donovan’s family life is fun, yet when she receives an anonymous letter it upsets everything. The letter writer alleges that thirty-six years ago Eleanor-Rigby’s late Beatles-loving mother Sally-Anne once led a completely different life.
The Plotters, Un-Su Kim, DoubleDay - Reseng is an assassin, a thirty-something veteran of the Library, a clearing house for assassinations across South Korea. The Library is owned by the curmudgeonly Old Raccoon, a recluse who commissions work without ever seeming to leave the place.
One Small Sacrifice, Hilary Davidson, Thomas & Mercer - Celebrity war photojournalist Alex Traynor blames himself for many things, not least of which are the deaths of two women. One was a casualty of the war in Syria.
I'll Never Tell, Catherine McKenzie, Lake Union - After their parents’ sudden deaths the MacAllister siblings are summoned to Camp Macaw for the reading of the will. The Camp has been in their family for generations.