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Books of Summer

The 10 Best Fiction Books Coming Out in August

As we approach the dog days of summer, the book reviewers at Bustle remind us that there's more beach reading to be done. As reviewer Melissa Ragsdale comments, "So don't let these final days of summer go to waste. Settle in to your favorite reading spot, and get ready to tear into some fantastic new reads."

You might try these or others on the list:

ifthecreekIf The Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss
Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That's long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby. Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out. When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline...if she can just figure out how to use it. "This striking debut novel takes you to Baines Creek, a small, battered Appalachian town filled with poverty and secrets. ...(Sadie's) story is told through the many different people within the town, and each voice adds another layer to the portrait of their community." (Bustle)




strangerA Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
One day, Tom returns home to find that his wife, Karen, has vanished--her car's gone and it seems she left in a rush.Then the  police arrive to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.She's mostly okay--except that she can't remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something's been moved. Something's not quite right. Someone's been in her house. And the police won't stop asking questions."... (a) fast-paced, engrossing psychological thriller..." (Library Journal)




stay with meStay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university in Nigeria. But four years into their marriage, Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time--until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does--but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine."Recently short-listed for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, Adebayo's work makes a blazing entry onto the list of young, talented writers from Nigeria. Readers who pick up this debut novel will not put it down until they've finished." (Library Journal)