Memorial Day weekend has arrived, thus marking the unofficial start of the summer reading season. What better way to celebrate than with some new novels coming out from old favorites and promising debuts? So pull up the pool lounge chair or spread out that beach towel and check out some of these fiction releases coming out over the next seven weeks.
The Vactioners by Emma Straub (May 29th)
Kicking things off is a novel that follows a Manhattan family’s two-week trip with their extended family to Mallorca, an island in the Mediterranean Sea. There's much to celebrate including a thirty-fifth wedding anniversary and a high school graduation. The gorgeous vacation can’t mask the tensions rising or the secrets coming to light as the rivalries, jealousy, and humiliation heat up.
Emma’s Straub’s first novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, appeared in 2012, and she’s a staff writer at Rookie, a website for teenage girls.
Published by Riverhead Books (304 pages)
Summer House with Swimming Pool By Herman Koch (June 3rd)
Last summer, famous actor Ralph Meier and his wife invited doctor to the stars Dr. Marc Schlosser and his family, along with a film director and his younger girlfriend, to their summer house on the Mediterranean. A violent incident shatters the joyous holiday and more sinister motives are revealed. Some time later when Ralph winds up dead during a medical procedure under Dr. Schlosser's care, that summer comes to light.
Dutch writer Herman Koch's novel “The Dinner” was an international best seller in 2009. A movie adaptation is in the works with Cate Blanchett at the helm in her directorial debut.
Published by Hogarth (400 pages)
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (June 3rd)
Bored, retired Detective Bill Hodges receives a letter at his door from the Mercedes Killer, a driver who plowed a Mercedes into a line of unemployed job seekers, killing eight and injuring 15. Hodges was never able to catch him, making him one of this Midwestern city's most notorious criminals. The stakes rise as Hodges is drawn back into the pursuit.
Check out an excerpt on Stephen King's website. King has another novel, Revival, being released in the fall.
Published by Scribner (448 pages)
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez (June 3rd)
The Rivera family moves from Mexico to America after their fifteen-year-old daughter sustains a life-altering injury on her father's construction site. A boy from Panama, Mayor Toro, falls for her in a Dollar Tree store. This tale of love and guilt also weaves together testimonials from those who have come from all over Central and Latin America to the promise of the United States.
Cristina Henríquez is one of The Los Angeles Times' faces to watch in 2014. Her previous works include The World in Half and Come Together, Fall Apart.
Published by Knopf (304 pages)
Written in My Own Heart's Blood: A Novel (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon (June 10th)
This is the eight entry in the Outlander series. The original novel followed the story of ex-combat nurse Claire Randall in 1946 who disappears on a trip in the Scottish highlands with her husband and ends up in 1743. The continuing story of Claire and Jamie Fraser picks up in 1778 with Jamie's unexpected return as the American Revolution is in full swing. The tale of their daughter Brianna in twentieth-century Scotland also carries on with her search for her kidnapped son.
An adaption of the beloved works will be premiering on the Starz Channel August 9.
Published by Delacorte Press (848 pages)
The Fever by Megan Abbott (June 17th)
Deenie's best friend suffers an unexplained seizure in class. Soon more teens fall victim, creating an outbreak of hysteria that threatens this town. Secrets are unraveled as friendships and family are tested.
Megan Abbott is adapting her previous novel, Dare Me, for the movie screen.
Published by Little, Brown and Company (320 pages)
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (June 19th)
The latest venture follows private investigator Cormoran Strike probing into the missing case of a novelist. When the novelist turns up dead, the list of suspects runs large. Many people would have wanted his pen silenced forever because of the truths he revealed in his manuscript. They're the kind of truths that ruin lives.
The first Cormoran Strike crime novel, A Cuckoo's Calling, was published in 2013. It was soon revealed that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for Harry Potter author JK Rowling, propelling it into an international best seller.
Published by Little, Brown and Company (464 pages)
The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil (July 2nd)
This tale combines Russian folklore with a dystopian view of the present. As young boys, twin brothers Yarik & Dima are inseparable and live for their uncle’s mythic tales. Years later as laborers at the largest greenhouse, a chance encounter drifts them apart. Dima falls into a minimal existence while Yarik rises in the ranks, but they're both being used for schemes that could destroy everything they hold dear.
Josh Weil's previously published novella, The New Valley, received numerous awards in 2009. This is his first novel.
Published by Grove Atlantic (400 pages)
California by Edan Lepucki (July 8th)
The list wouldn't be complete without a book that features The Golden State. California is a debut novel by Edan Lepucki, one of The Los Angeles Times' faces to watch in 2014.
Los Angeles is now a crumbling city. Cal and Frida weather the harshness and isolation of the wilderness. When faced with the prospect of raising their child soon to be on the way, they find the nearest settlement. It offers security but also new dangers in the form of dark secrets. Who can be trusted?
Published by Little, Brown and Company (400 pages)