The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem

Staff Pick

Fans of Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn and smart detective fiction in general should rejoice because, after almost two decades, he returns to the genre that netted him the NBCC Award for Fiction in 1999. In the opening pages of his new book, The Feral Detective (Ecco, $26.99), Phoebe Siegler walks into the decrepit office of Charles Heist, the titular feral detective. She seeks Heist’s services in helping her find the daughter of her friend who is now believed to be lost in the wilderness of Southern California. With this familiar setup, Lethem then thrusts us into the forgotten population of California’s vagrant communities, the locus of Phoebe and Charles’s search. Using the tropes of the mystery novel, Lethem gives us an empathic novel about the scores of people who live alienated from the mainstream of the country they are born in, an alienation that, as the novel suggests, has become more apparent in today’s sociopolitical climate.

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ISBN: 9780062859068
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Published: Ecco - November 6th, 2018

The Incendiaries - R. O. Kwon

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True to the book's title, RO Kwon has crafted a fiery debut that announces her arrival as a new singular voice in American literature. Her first novel, told through three different perspectives, is an interrogation on the nature of love, faith, and identity. The book reminded me of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair as both books tackle a character's investigation into the driving force behind the faith of a beloved in order to shed light into the mystery of why the beloved did the things that she did in the course of the novel. Compelling narrative matched with an eloquent writing style, you can't go wrong with that.

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ISBN: 9780735213890
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 31st, 2018

Florida - Lauren Groff

Staff Pick

Groff has done with this new collection what many writers have attempted but so few have achieved: to create a sense of association between writer and place with precise and evocative writing. In the 11 stories contained in Florida, she creates an image of Florida filled with dread, violence and death, an image that's far from the popular perception of Florida today, while also examining the burdens of privilege, parenthood, and marriage. With her trademark lyricism and singular voice, Groff has proven why she is one of the best writers working today.

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ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018