You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.
Mister Monkey : a novel / Francine Prose
Follows the exploits and intrigue of a constellation of characters affiliated with an off-off-off-off Broadway children’s musical. Mister Monkey–a screwball children’s musical about a playfully larcenous pet chimpanzee–is the kind of family favorite that survives far past its prime. Margot, who plays the chimp’s lawyer, knows the production is dreadful and bemoans the failure of her acting career. She’s settled into the drudgery of playing a humiliating part–until the day she receives a mysterious letter from an anonymous admirer.
The Girl from Venice / Martin Cruz Smith
A new standalone novel by the award-winning author of Gorky Park follows a turbulent love affair between a fisherman and a Jewish woman on the run in occupied 1945 La Serenissima.
The Red Car : a novel / Marcy Dermansky
Leah is living in Queens with a possessive husband she doesn’t love and a long list of unfulfilled ambitions, when she’s jolted from a thick ennui by a call from the past. Her beloved former boss and friend, Judy, has died in a car accident and left Leah her most prized possession and, as it turns out, the instrument of Judy’s death: a red sports car. Judy was the mentor Leah never expected. She encouraged Leah’s dreams, analyzed her love life, and eased her into adulthood over long lunches away from the office. Facing the jarring disconnect between the life she expected and the one she is now actually living, Leah takes off for San Francisco to claim Judy’s car.
A Gambler’s Anatomy: a novel / Jonathan Lethem
An international backgammon hustler, who has amassed a fortune through psychic tomfoolery, develops a large tumor on his face that compromises his vision and eventually threatens his life, forcing him to pursue an experimental surgery and contemplate existential questions.
A Very English Scandal: sex, lies and a murder plot in the houses of Parliament: /John Preston
A behind-the-scenes look at the desperate, scandalous private life of a British member of Parliament and champion manipulator, and the history-making trial that exposed his dirty secrets to the world.
The Guineveres / Sarah Domet
A novel about four girls named Guinevere, all left by their parents to be raised by nuns. Together, they are confident, supportive, and waiting for the day they turn 18 and can leave the convent. When four comatose soldiers from the War outside arrive at the convent, the girls seize on the idea that the men may be their ticket out.
All Our Wrong Todays: a novel / Elan Mastai
Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland. But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and–maybe, just maybe–his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality?
The Wangs vs. the World / Jade Chang
A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent–and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together.
The Trespasser / Tana French
While Detective Antoinette Conway and her partner Stephen Moran work a seemingly routine investigation of a lovers’ quarrel gone bad, they discover the case isn’t as by-the-numbers as they thought.
Ashes of Fiery Weather / Kathleen Donohoe
A debut novel about the passionate loves and tragic losses of six generations of women in a family of firefighters, spanning from famine-era Ireland to Brooklyn a decade after 9/11.
Avid Reader: a life / Robert Gottlieb
The editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster writes with wit and candor about becoming the editor of The New Yorker, and the challenges and satisfactions of running America’s preeminent magazine.