5 NOVELS TO BUY IN JUNE
- •Loving Day, by Mat JohnsonAn incisive comedy about race and culture. This one will be our cover review this weekend.
- •The Meursault Investigation, by Kamel DaoudA reconsideration of "The Stranger" from the Algerian perspective, narrated by the dead Arab's brother. Another cover review.
- •The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty, by Vendela VidaAn existential tale of fluid identity centering on a young American woman adrift in Casablanca.
- •The Pinch, by Steve SternMetafictional Jewish comedy by a novelist who deserves to be better known.
- •Saint Mazie, by Jami AttenbergA 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).
- •Book of Numbers, by Joshua CohenYes, 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.