A quick hello to remind you that we’re coming up on the deadline for September votes. Our group leader next month, RealSimple.com Associate Producer Erin Henry, has picked four novels—all recent debuts—for us to choose from. You’ll see them below, and if you haven’t yet voted, you have until 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, August 26, to check your ballot.
The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker
One morning, the Earth’s billions of citizens awake to find that the planet has suddenly started to slow its rotation. And while coming to grips with this new global reality, a young California girl has to deal with personal, emotional disasters of her own.
The Empty Glass, by J.I. Baker
Former Real Simple Executive Editor Baker deftly mixes fact and fiction in his buzzed-about debut: a crackling noirish thriller set around the suicide—or is it murder?—of Marilyn Monroe.
The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman
An isolated lighthouse keeper and his wife, heartbroken by her miscarriages, opt to keep secret the fact that the baby they are raising as their own had washed ashore in a rowboat—with the body of a dead man. Stedman’s novel explores the consequences of choices.
The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach
Though its main character is a baseball-playing phenom and some of the action takes place on the field, the book itself is only nominally about the sport. At heart, this is a love story of all stripes, and its linchpin is a young shortstop whose loss of faith in his abilities has far-reaching effects.