In Don Lee's new novel,Lonesome Lies Before Us (W. W. Norton & Company), Yadin Park, a former alt-country singer/songwriter cobbles together a meagre existence in a down-on-its-heels Northern Californian beach town.
A blended family is always ripe subject matter for high drama, and in Francesca Segal's riveting and hilarious second novel, The Awkward Age (Random House), multiple conflicts ensue when James and Julia decide to live together in North London.
"This is a story about the long-term outcomes of a seemingly harmless action—a drunken kiss at a party—on a large group of people," says Ann Patchett about her compelling new novel Commonwealth (Harper).
Dana Spiotta is a writer's writer. A professor at Syracuse University in the MFA Program, the L.A.-native pens strange, intimate, off-kilter tales of marginalized characters often dealing with their own quiet devastation.