Stack the odds of a great beach day in your favor with this round-up of the best new novels.
By Madeleine Frank
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By Emma Straub Riverhead Books
In this much-anticipated novel from the highly lauded author of The Vacationers, a trio of former college bandmates have remained close well into their forties, settling in the same Brooklyn neighborhood to raise their families. But as their offspring near adulthood themselves, the teenagers turn into each others’ romantic prospects. The old friends find themselves ensnarled in matters they never could have predicted.
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By Anna Quindlen Random House
From this #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist comes a sometimes dark-but always hopeful-story about a girl growing up in a valley headed for destruction at the hands of the government. As she feels the pull of opportunities beyond the confines of her hometown and family members come and go, Mimi comes to know the intrinsic value of memories.
With their joint trust fund rapidly approaching its payout date, the adult siblings of the Plumb family must confront their oldest brother about his reckless habits that threaten to drain the very account they’re each relying on for unfortunate missteps of their own.
The New York Times Bestselling author of Prep and American Wife is back with a rousing new take on Pride and Prejudice in which Fitzwilliam Darcy is an Ivy League-educated neurosurgeon and his friend Charles (Chip) Bingley a former contestant of a Bachelor-style reality show. Expect Bennet family drama on par with Austen’s original work, plus some salient modern twists in the form of two Crossfit-obsessed sisters, a looming foreclosure, and parents grappling with political correctness.
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The After Party
By Anton DiSclafani Riverhead Books
It’s 1957 in Houston, Texas, and wealth, money, and power seem to belong exclusively to men. But a raucous yet revered socialite begins to question the way things have always been, and her cautious best friend—our narrator—takes it upon herself to intervene.
When a hurricane hits the Rockwells’ family home on the Jersey Shore, the damage reveals a long-ago buried box that will challenge everything the adult three daughters believed about their parents—and sends them off on a sudden mission to uncover secrets about their past.
Hay delicately threads together the lives of a widowed librarian, an unproductive poet, and a guilt-ridden doctor as they grapple with life after loss in post-World War II Thirroul, a small seaside village in New South Wales, Australia.
Sisters Josie and Meredith couldn’t be more different—and, perhaps unsurprisingly, can’t stand each other. Upon the impending 15th anniversary of their older brother’s untimely death, the two find themselves reassessing their lives and the choices that have drawn them together and pushed them apart.
Molly and Daniel Bergman knew their parents would grow old one day, although perhaps not “so suddenly, so old.” And in further surprises, upon their father’s passing they find their mother smitten with a former fling. At once hilariously entertaining and almost frightfully authentic, this story of three generations of one large family explores how parents rub off on their children in ways large and small.
1960s teenager Evie Boyd finds herself on the edge of committing unspeakable violence in this hauntingly beautiful debut novel based loosely on the Charles Manson murders. Reflecting back on the experience as an adult, Evie narrates how her search for approval and a sense of belonging took on extremely high stakes—and how she made it out.