Are you enjoying Gone Girl? It’s been a long time since I’ve blown through a book as quickly as I did that one: I devoured it. Emily will cover the last section on Friday, and I can only imagine you’ll all have a lot to say about it. In the meantime, did you vote for your August book yet? See below for your choices, if not; the poll is open until 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, July 22. See you on Friday!
My New American Life, by Francine Prose
Young Albanian Lula, working on an expiring visa in an undemanding au pair job in New Jersey, finds her dreams of securing a green card put in danger when three shady Albanian “brothers” show up to demand her help. A funny, bittersweet look at immigrant life in America from an acclaimed author.
Seven Years, by Peter Stamm
Swiss author Stamm offers an examination of a man whose desires for two very different women—his beautiful, talented wife, seemingly everything a husband would want; and his homely, taciturn mistress—threaten to destroy all three.
Stone Arabia, by Dana Spiotta
Nik is an almost-famous rock and roller, a legend only in his own mind, who has retreated into work he does not share with the world; Denise is his protective younger sister. Her daughter’s plans to do a documentary on Nik and his 30-year body of work—a narrative of a career that is mostly fictional—is the catalyst for a family in crisis.
The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss
Krauss’s story inventively explores love and survival, and the connection that a novel (also titled The History of Love) forges between an elderly emigrant of Nazi-occupied Poland and a teenage girl who’s nursing her own deeply felt loss.