1. Note to Self by Alina Simone
Sure, Simone’s protagonist resembles an older version of Lena Dunham’s Hannah Horvath: underemployed, Brooklyn-based, slightly overweight, Internet-obsessed. But rarely has the paradox of an acutely culture-savvy generation with little way to monetize itself been rendered with as much satirical bite.
2. Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust
Lust’s debut draws heavily from her own youthful adventures as a Punk Rock teenager trekking across Italy and Austria in the early 1980s
3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Gaiman’s first “adult” offering in nearly a decade follows a young boy as he discovers a neighboring family’s supernatural secret.
4. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Cincinnati native and mondo-selling author of Prep and American Wife returns with a novel about twin sisters who deal with their unique psychic abilities in vastly different ways. (Sittenfeld visit Joseph-Beth July 15.)
5. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Advance praise for Pessl’s long-awaited follow-up is already piling up, the most intriguing of which drops such touchstones as Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro and Klaus Kinski.