High-Temperature Readings

Cool novels for a heated moment

TransAtlantic

Colum McCann, June 4

McCann (Let the Great World Spin) braids together three narratives about Ireland: the former slave Frederick Douglass visits Dublin in 1845; two airmen attempt to take the first flight from Newfoundland to Ireland in 1919; and in 1998, a U.S. Senator brokers peace talks in Belfast.

Big Brother

Lionel Shriver, June 4

Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin) tells the story of Pandora, her ultra-fit husband Fletcher and her brother Edison, a once dapper jazz pianist who has suddenly, shockingly, become morbidly obese.

The Shining Girls

Lauren Beukes, June 4

A time-traveling serial killer skips...

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