As Close to Us as Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner (Lee Boudreaux Books)

If summer, for you, recalls days spent by the seashore, Poliner's saga of three Jewish sisters and the beachfront cottage they share with their families—until life-altering tragedy strikes—will enthrall you.

The After Party by Anton DiSclafani (Riverhead)

In her follow-up to 2013's sleeper hit The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, DiSclafani moves from 1930s North Carolina to the world of Houston debutantes 20 years later, with a tale of lavish balls, garden clubs, and enduring female friendship.

The Miracle on Monhegan Island by Elizabeth Kelly (Liveright)

Three generations of men try to reconcile their differences—involving abandonment and the exploitation of a boy's mental illness to further his grandfather's cultish agenda—in this tragicomic romp set off the coast of Maine. The best part? Its canine narrator is a snobbish shih tzu named Ned.


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