5 books not to miss: ‘Never Have I Ever,’ ‘Chances Are…’ by Richard Russo, ‘Chelsea Girls’
“Never Have I Ever,” by Joshilyn Jackson. (Photo: William Morrow)
In search of something good to read? USA TODAY’s Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases.
1. “Never Have I Ever,” by Joshilyn Jackson (William Morrow, fiction, on sale July 30)
What it’s about: Amy Whey loves her ordinary life. She has a husband who loves her, beautiful children, a best friend and a book club. But all that is threatened when a mysterious new woman joins the book club and starts a game of spilling secrets — and seems to know that Amy has a killer secret she can never share.
The buzz: Kirkus Reviews says, “Be warned: It’s a stay-up-all-night kind of book. Compulsively readable.”
2. “Chances Are…” by Richard Russo (Knopf, fiction, on sale July 30)
What it’s about: Three longtime friends in their 60s convene on Martha’s Vineyard for Memorial Day weekend in a trip that will test the bonds of friendship. It’s the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s first standalone novel in a decade.
The buzz: A starred review at Kirkus Reviews says, “At a rough time for masculinity, Russo’s flawed but always decent characters are repositories of the classic virtues of their gender.”
3. “Someone We Know,” by Shari Lapena (Pamela Dorman Books, fiction, on sale July 30)
What it’s about: In a quiet upstate New York suburb, a teenager has been sneaking into homes and hacking the owners’ computers — and learning their secrets. Everyone has something to hide in this tense domestic thriller.
The buzz: Publishers Weekly calls it “slyly plotted” and says, “fans of domestic suspense will be satisfied.”
4. “Speaking of Summer,” by Kalisha Buckhanon (Counterpoint, fiction, on sale July 30)
What it’s about: Autumn’s twin sister, Summer, walks to the roof of their Harlem brownstone and goes missing without a trace. With the authorities indifferent, it’s up to a desperate and unraveling Autumn to solve the mystery.
The buzz: Booklist calls it “devastating” and says, “it is Buckhanon’s elegant images of grief that most captivate.”
5. “The Chelsea Girls,” by Fiona Davis (Dutton, fiction, on sale July 30)
What it’s about: Two women — playwright Hazel and actress Maxine — become fast friends after meeting during a USO show performance during WWII. But that friendship is tested as the Red Scare sweeps across America and the country descends into McCarthy-era paranoia.
The buzz: “Featuring vibrant, witty characters who not only weather but thrive in a dark period of American history, Davis’ tale of one friendship’s strength will stun and satisfy readers,” says Publishers Weekly.
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