Heidi’s Summer Fiction Picks


Let’s hope you have a sweet spot to read this Summer, because you’re going to want to get comfortable. The year’s juiciest novels are always released this season, and this year I can’t wait to sink my teeth into a bunch. Here’s just a small sample of the delicious spread:

The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi

A dystopian thriller that envisions the terrible near-future of a drought-stricken American Southwest, in which water is the currency of life and death. Scary!

Orient, by Christopher Bollen

Described by novelist Philipp Meyer as “a thoughtful literary thriller—The Great Gatsby meets Donna Tartt. Suspenseful, beautifully written, and wonderfully atmospheric, Orient is that rare treat that is both page-turner and a book you will want to savor.

The Only Ones, by Carola Dibbell

A tale of immunity, genetics and motherhood in a post-pandemic world.

How to Start a Fire, by Lisa Lutz

A story of three friends over 20 years and the drama in between.

The Sunken Cathedral, by Kate Walbert

A “lyrical, ominous, and unexpectedly funny” (Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers) novel that follows a cast of characters as they negotiate one of Manhattan’s swiftly changing neighborhoods, extreme weather, and the unease of twenty-first-century life.

Secessia, by Kent Wascom

New Orleans, May 1862? I’m in.


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