The Irresistibles: Lyrical, Luscious Reads
From a hilarious futuristic novel to a comedy of manners about a
late-life love affair, you’ll want to read these literary standouts over
and over again.
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The Book of Life
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books
Stuart Nadler's The Book of Life (Reagan Arthur/Back Bay) is that rare thing: a collection of short stories that are not technically "linked" but together define a whole world as deliciously as any novel. Set among upper-middle-class Jews in contemporary New England, these tales—an arrogant 50-ish man begins an affair with his business partner's daughter; a teenager is dragged to visit the grandfather he'd always been told was dead; a husband seems to accept his wife's affair—are funny and tragic and old-fashioned and brand-spanking-new, all at once.
— Sara Nelson