Sink into a good book this summer with these beach-ready new releases from Chicago authors.
The best of summer is simple: sun, sand, burgers, ballgames—and a good read for those days when all you want is a little alone time in a gently swaying hammock. Happily, our hometown scribblers have just the thing.
Christina Henry, whose best-selling Alice reimagined the adventures of Lewis Carroll’s little girl, works her magic on J.M. Barrie with her Peter Pan prequel, Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook (Berkley Books, $16). And for Millennials struggling with the whole adulting thing, writer/comedian Andy Boyle spells it all out in Adulthood for Beginners (TarcherPerigee, $16).
The Ready-made Thief (Viking, $26), a debut novel from University of Chicago creative writing professor Augustus Rose, pits a 17-year-old against a cult of Marcel Duchamp enthusiasts whose aims are anything but artistic.
Marcus Sakey imagines his own odd reality in the Chicago-set Afterlife (Thomas & Mercer, $16), which has already been optioned by Ron Howard and Brian Glazer’s Imagine Entertainment. “My characters wander an abandoned Magnificent Mile, ‘shopping’ by smashing the glass and taking whatever they like,” shares Sakey. “They make a home at the Langham Hotel, dragging furniture to the street to host heavily-armed block parties before crashing in the suites.”
And Scott Turow fans will want to grab a copy of his latest, Testimony (Grand Central Publishing, $28), in which he takes readers to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where a US prosecutor investigates the disappearance of a refugee camp during the Bosnian War. All that is to say: Slap on the sunscreen and get reading.