Best Summer Books for 2017
Summer brings with it downtime and the opportunity to catch up on the year’s top new books. This summer, there’s no shortage of titles from up and coming authors, fan favorites, and novels now translated into English. If you’ve been looking for your next read, check out these great new titles!
Fly Me by Daniel Riley
Vassar graduate, Suzy, ducks out of a life of respectability and heads to California to be a stewardess like her older sister. Suzy gets wrapped up in a drug smuggling scheme and skyjackings, giving this debut novel the perfect balance of grit and gloss.
Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini
Privileged Romanian teen, Eugenia, moves to L.A. with her family in 1992. They don’t understand American culture, and place Eugenia in a school rife with gangs. Watch her navigate her new life, with the 1994 earthquake as a catalyst.
Letters to His Neighbor by Marcel Proust, translated by Lydia Davis
These collected letters gather Proust’s surviving correspondence with another tenant in his building. While not for literary posterity, these letters lessen the noise from the dentistry practice belonging to his correspondent’s husband.
Isadora by Amelia Gray
Isadora Duncan, an openly bisexual communist and atheist, was famous for wearing long, flowing scarves, even up until one inadvertently ended her life. Read the fictionalized version of the mother of modern dance’s life.
Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
This sprawling, striking epic traces a curse on one Ugandan family’s bloodline through the centuries. Draws the same emotion as Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings or Eka Kurniawan’s Beauty Is a Wound.