5 NOVELS TO BUY IN JUNE

  1. Loving Day, by Mat Johnson
    An incisive comedy about race and culture. This one will be our cover review this weekend.
  2. The Meursault Investigation, by Kamel Daoud
    A reconsideration of "The Stranger" from the Algerian perspective, narrated by the dead Arab's brother. Another cover review.
  3. The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty, by Vendela Vida
    An existential tale of fluid identity centering on a young American woman adrift in Casablanca.
  4. The Pinch, by Steve Stern
    Metafictional Jewish comedy by a novelist who deserves to be better known.
  5. Saint Mazie, by Jami Attenberg
    A novel in oral history form, delving into the life of a spunky ticket taker at a Depression-era movie theater in the Bowery (who in real life was the subject of a 1940 Joseph Mitchell profile in The New Yorker).
  6. Book of Numbers, by Joshua Cohen
    Yes, this makes six novels instead of five, but @marthastewart set that precedent on my list of May novels. Cohen's book is also Jewish metafiction, if not quite as raucous on the comedy front, and is a meaty look at the rise and role of the Internet in our lives.