As this post goes live I will be in Cardiff doing some relaxing and book buying in the best of companies. Living in Spain has been making it more and more difficult to purchase books in English physically. On the one hand, because of the lack of diversity local bookshops offer, and, on the second-hand, because of the taxes – anything labelled “culture” gets a 21% tax in Spain – make small paperback editions cost up to 15 € (12 pounds). So, while I am doing some book browsing and book buying I thought I would give you a list of 10 summer releases that I love or can’t wait to read. Most are being published in the UK this summer, but there are a few American releases that you can either buy online or keep an eye on. Believe me, they’re worth some hunting:
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub – Out 30th June (UK)
A tale of modern love story set in contemporary Brooklyn with two generations of people who have more in common than they ever thought. Also, an ode to change in life. My review here.
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott – Out 28th July (UK)
Devon Knox is a young gymnast with one big dream: enter the Olympic team. But, is her middle-class American family ready to share that dream? A perfect tale of ambition, femininity, mother-daughter relationships and what it takes to become who you think you are. My review here.
Extra: Interview with Megan Abbott about the book here.
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty – Out 28th July (UK)
I love Liane Moriarty. I think Big Little Lies has done a marvellous job of proving that 21st century crime fiction is also a place where domesticity, school runs and parents evening can exist… and be terrifying. I am saving this one for my 2-to-4 free weeks in August.
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda –Out 28th June (USA)
I was sent a review copy of this book by the Los Angeles Review of Books and I loved it. It is a story about returning home, family secrets and lost love told backwards. Probably Reese Witherspoon’s next purchase for her production company too. Keep an eye on the Los Angeles Review of Books for my review next month.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – Out 30th June (UK)
A combination of a locked room mystery on a luxury boat, too much champagne, and the social consequences of being a young woman and a witness to a crime. Or not. My review here.
Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman – Out 7th July (UK)
I have never read anything by American author Laura Lippman and it is about time. It comes highly recommended by Megan Abbott herself. Her last novel tells the story of Luisa Brant, recently widowed and recently newly elected – and first female –State Attorney, who will find a case closely connected to her family and her past.
The Girls by Emma Cline – Out 16th June (UK)
A re-imagining of the Manson Family ranch and the subsequent killings that led to the imprisonment of three young women in California in the summer of 1969. Beautifully written and a rival to Abbott’s talent to faithfully portray the female teenage experience. My review here.
The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown – Out 14th July (UK)
The Weird Sisters was one of the first novels that I reviewed for Books & Reviews, and Eleanor was the first author to say yes to an interview. Now she is publishing her second novel, inspired by her own grandmother’s experience in 1920’s Paris. The perfect book to remember that summer a few years ago when I read all I could find about flappers.
Buy Buy Baby by Helen MacKinven – Out 7th July (UK)
A story about motherhood and the capitalisation of women’s bodies merely as reproductive outlets. A must-read for anyone with an interest in the new reproductive technologies.
My Husband’s Wife by Jane Cory – Out 25th August (UK)
This novel has been on my TBR pile since April, but it never really got my attention. After reading some wonderful reviews of lately, it has jumped to the top of the pile. Everyone describes it as a complex take on marriage, with a lot of character building and intersecting stories.