June Preview

Bittersweet / Miranda Beverly-Whittemore / The Borough Press
A small-town girl is roomed with the daughter of a society family at college and is invited to spend the summer at the luxurious family estate. When she's there she realises everything is not as it seems.

Her / Harriet Lane / Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Nina is sophisticated and in control, Emma is a mother struggling to keep everything together. But when they meet and become friends, only Nina remembers their previous meeting and what happened.

The Vacationers / Emma Straub / Picador
The dysfunctional Post family are going on holiday on a remote Mallorcan villa. Debt problems, relationship woes and a teenager determined to lose her virginity combine for a dramatic two weeks.

The Empathy Exams / Leslie Jamison / Granta
A superb collection of essays about feminism, identity, and pain as well as the titular theme of empathy. Jamison approaches her subject from a variety of unusual angles and the result is intelligent, moving and thought-provoking.

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night / Heather O'Neill / Quercus
Noushka Tremblay had an unusual childhood with her famous father and television appearances with her twin brother. Aged 19 she attempts to have a normal life but her brother is always in the way.

The Pink Suit / Nicole Mary Kelby / Virago
The pink suit that Jacqueline Kennedy was wearing in 1963 when her husband was assassinated became iconic. This novel traces the story of the Irish seamstress who created it as well as that of Kennedy.

The White Russian / Vanora Bennett / Century
The story of Evie, an American in search of adventure in 1930s Paris, who ends up on a hunt for a man from her grandmother's past which leads her to the Russian community in Paris, not to mention murder plots and love affairs.

The Visitors / Simon Sylvester / Quercus
A teenage girl yearns to leave her remote Scottish island home but new arrivals which coincide with mysterious disappearances mean her story is muddied as her suspicions grow and innocence is lost.

Fourth of July Creek / Smith Henderson / William Heinemann
A social worker tries to help a wild 11-year-old boy he encounters but has to deal with the boy's unstable father who believes in an imminent "End of Times". A novel about freedom and suspicion about America's contradictions.

Ajax Penumbra / Robin Sloan / Atlantic
A prequel novella to the wildly popular Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore this gives a fun insight into the earlier days of the bookstore and Mr. Penumbra before he owned the bookshop.

The Good Children / Roopa Farooki / Tinder Press
Set in 1940s Lahore, four siblings are browbeaten into "good children" who will fulfil the predetermined identities destined for them as doctors or dutiful wives. But rebellions and disappointments pull them back together.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour / Joshua Ferris / Viking
A darkly funny story of a New York dentist whose online identity is appropriated. A genuinely funny, slick and sophisticated look at identity, faith, and the meaning of life.