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Article by Rachel Small 07.30.2018

Katie Orphan, of L.A.’s The Last Bookstore, shares some of summer’s hottest reads.

The Mars Room
By Rachel Kushner
Scribner, $27, May 1

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“For those enamored by prison television (‘Orange Is the New Black,’ anyone?), Kushner’s novel will take you into a world you may recognize. It is deeply human and both funny and heartbreaking, even for those who don’t usually choose prison as their entertainment setting.”

 

Florida
By Lauren Groff
Riverhead Books, $27, June 5

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“Groff’s first book since her beloved ‘Fates and Furies’ is a collection of short stories tied to her home state. She tackles disappointment, marriage, fidelity and a flirtation with France in a way that connects immediately with readers.”

 

If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi
By Neel Patel
Flatiron Books, $25, July 10

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“This short-story collection depicts Indian-Americans from all different walks of life. Patel’s characters are brimming with humanity and facing scenarios we all can recognize, while we laugh and cringe alongside them.”

 

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