Literary Doppelgängers: 2016 Summer Books You'll Love
The easiest way to choose your new summer favorite.
Every summer, there are those books everyone can’t stop talking about—Gone Girl, All the Light We Cannot See, The Girl on the Train. Their beautifully designed covers take over the display tables at your favorite bookstore and flood your Instagram. Well, the books in this list are about to be those books.
And the best part? Many of this year’s most-anticipated books revisit the same themes as last year’s must-read novels. It’s like your favorite book from last year never ended!
If You Loved Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont…
Read Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel
If you’re looking for a novel that crafts a poignant portrayal of the American family while managing to be just as funny as it is wise and moving, than Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty is the book for you. The novel tells the story of an unraveling family that’s suddenly lost its fortune in a way that’s both whimsical and profound. Booklist praised this novel as “a piercing view of the subtleties of class and privilege and what happens when things go awry.” It’s the smart summer read that’s got both sizzle and substance.
If You Loved The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante…
Read Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
Last summer, Ferrante wrapped up The Neapolitan Novels with the fourth and last book in the series, The Lost Child. If you’re looking to dive into another great read that examines the nuanced complexities of adult relationships, look no further than Amend’s Enchanted Islands. In addition to beguiling characters, Amend’s novel is filled with exotic landscapes and international intrigue—all signs point to it being the recommend-to-all-your-friends book of the summer. Plus, the stunning cover will look great peeking out of your beach bag.
If You Loved The Sellout by Paul Beatty…
Read Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
A modern adaptation of Kafka’s "Metamorphosis," Barrett’s Blackass opens with the protagonist waking up one morning in Lagos, Nigeria, to find he’s been transformed into a white man. The novel follows Furo as he sees the world from a different point of view and grapples with his sense of self. The New York Times "Book Review" hailed it as “a perceptive and engaging meditation on the mutability―and the stubborn persistence―of identity.” If Beatty’s thought-provoking satire on race in America peaked your attention last summer, this is a must-read.
If You Loved Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff…
Read This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
Last year’s late-summer read, Fates and Furies, told the story of a marriage from both sides, first from the husband’s point of view and then from the wife’s. If it left you wanting even more inventive prose, scandalous mystery, and complex characters, mark your calendar for July 19 when This Must Be the Place hits bookstores. O’Farrell’s latest novel draws from multiple character’s perspectives to delve into the complexities of devotion, marriage, love, and everything in between.
If You Loved The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins…
Read Just Fall by Nina Sadowsky
Looking for a psychological thriller to keep you on the edge of your beach towel? In Just Fall, newlywed Ellie’s seemingly perfect life turns upside down when she discovers the man she just married has a shockingly dark past. The novel’s chapters oscillate between the past and the present to reveal just enough information to keep you hooked until the last page. It’s sure to be the stay-up-all-night-to-finish book of the summer, the one most likely to be adapted into a movie next year.