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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

“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.”


By Lauren Groff
Riverhead Books, $27, June 5

“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

“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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