Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The "Girls" of Summer



Amazon Book Review: The GirlsWhat's in a name?  Apparently publishers think: "a lot." 

Maybe you've heard of a little book called Gone Girl? And then another little one called Girl on the Train.

I'm not saying publishers have no imagination. I'm just saying that they (like everybody) like a sure thing, and lately it's been looking like putting "girl" in your title is just that. Here, then, is what is probably only a partial list of all the "girl" books coming out in the next few months. (One of them even had an 11th hour name change because it was identical to a much buzzed about book and sure to get lost behind it.) Which of them will get the most reader love? Check back in a few months....

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Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
An electric, Megan-Abbot-ish novel about an addictive and ultimately poisonous female friendship in a 1990s high school. (May 17)
 

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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
A WWII sudser about three women who meet up under horrific circumstances. (April 5)
 

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The Second Girl by retired police detective David Swinson
A provocative novel about a good (male) detective... with a bad habit.... (June 7)
 

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The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell (formerly known as The Girls)
A murder mystery set on a picturesque square in London. (June 7)
 

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The Lost Girls by Heather Young
A debut novel about a missing girl in remotest Minnesota. (July 26)
 

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Another novel about a girl who goes missing, but this one has a new twist: the story is told backwards. (June 28)
 

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The Girls by Emma Cline
The buzziest, a debut about a Manson-like cult in California in the 1960s. (June 14)
 

*Note: This is a list of just the fiction offerings. There are at least other books, A Murder Over a Girl, Lab Girl, and Girls and Sex, but they're nonfiction, journalism, or memoir, and thus presumably aspire to different goals.)

 

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