Summer Fiction, Summer Not

Six new releases to kick back with this season

The thing about summer vacation is that – for many of us – it's not.

Sure, the kids are off for three blissful months, but the rest of us workaday masses while away the hours in our cubicles the same as any other day. If you're lucky enough to have planned a summer getaway, you'll no doubt snag a book off the shelves to occupy your time on the plane, in the airport, on the beach, etc. If you can't get away physically, though, why not sneak an escape through a literary world?

Reading is the ultimate escape act, and between Afghan families and werewolf uprisings, one of these books is bound to be the getaway you need. And who knows? You might just become so engrossed you don't even regret your mini-staycation.

  • Life After Life

    Atkinson treats her interesting narratives with a light but steady hand

    The Science Delusion

    White takes aim at the bold targets of Richard Dawkins and Jonah Lehrer and their ilk
  • The Son

    Imagine an aerial view of Texas, in which hidden elements of a huge, breathtaking landscape are suddenly made clear


    Follow along with a group of kids maturing along with the tech and gaming industry of the Eighties and Nineties
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    Khaled Hosseini's third novel resonates to the core

    Red Moon

    Benjamin Percy presents a heady mix of political allegory and urban fantasy

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