Now that summer’s in full swing, it’s the perfect time to hit the beach and crack the binding on a brand new book. We asked “Live Wire” author Harlan Coben and “Then Came You” author Jennifer Weiner to cite their favorite picks for this season. Whether you’re devoted Kindle-carrier or a faithful devotee of the printed page, here is a rich list of new options to read while you squish sand between your toes, recommended by two bestselling novelists.
Jennifer Weiner's selections:
By Tayari Jones
Dishy, twisty, secrets about two daughters: one from her father’s public family, the other from the family on the side.
By Jennifer Haigh
Combines the best descriptive writing of literary fiction with the plot twists of a thriller. A priest in Boston is accused of molesting a young boy. The truth –as revealed by his sister, his brother, his accuser and the father’s own father – is a lot more complicated than that.
The Magician King
By Lev Grossman
Lev Grossman’s "The Magicians" was billed as Harry Potter for grown-ups – call it ‘Dirty Harry,’ or Hogwarts with hook-ups. In the sequel, published in August, teenage magician Quentin Coldwater – now a king in the Narnia-esque land of Fillory – goes on a hero’s quest, with wondrous, and tragic, results.