Publishers Weekly is just out with recommendations for your reading list. “Bark” by Lorrie Moore is her first collection in 15 years, and it’s as funny and heartbreaking as her fans could have hoped. Frog Music by Emma Donoghue is set in the summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet was shot dead. All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu, a New Yorker “20 under 40” winner is a love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s.
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook. It’s a tale of family, friendship, grief, acceptance… and Richard Gere. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr chronicles a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths cross in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of WWII. The Quick by Lauren Owen begins in London, 1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, he vanishes without a trace.