Elliot Allagash By Simon Rich, out now
In this novel from humor writer Rich, a one-time New York Press coverboy, a Manhattan prep school outcast named Seymour gets a makeover from Elliot Allagash, a wealthy and brash transfer student.
To Sound in the Know: When hired by Saturday Night Live at the age of 24, Rich became the youngest writer in the show’s history.
State of Wonder By Ann Patchett, out June 7
A research scientist from Minnesota must go into the heart of the Amazon to find her missing former mentor, who is supposed to be researching a new drug for a pharmaceutical company but instead has gone a little Colonel Kurtz.
To Sound in the Know: Early in her career, Patchett worked at Seventeen magazine, and later won the PEN/ Faulkner. Coincidence?
The Astral By Kate Christensen, out June 14
The faltering marriage between a poet and a nurse serves as the hinge for this novel set in gentrifying Greenpoint.
To Sound in the Know: Christensen won the PEN/Faulkner Award for her 2008 novel, The Great Man.
Go the Fuck to Sleep By Adam Mansbach, out June 14
A children’s book for parents that says what anyone who’s confronted a screaming, stubborn child in the dead of night has wanted to say but can’t without getting CPS called on them.
To Sound in the Know: The book has been on the Amazon top 10 list for weeks… and it’s not even out yet. Go the fuck to the bank, Mr. Mansbach.
The Murder of the Century By Paul Collins, out June 14
One summer day, body parts are found in Harlem, Long Island and the Lower East Side. As a mystery unfolds, so does a media war between moguls. Fiction? Not at all. Happened right here on June 26, 1897.
To Sound in the Know: Collins is the editor of the Collins Library, a McSweeney’s imprint that republishes out of print books.
The Storm at the Door By Stefan Merrill Block, out June 21
This second novel from the Brooklynbased writer tells a love story within a world of mental illness, depression and a psychiatric hospital.
To Sound in the Know: This novel is a fictionalized version of the lives of Block’s own grandparents. His first novel (The Story of Forgetting) was also inspired by his grandmother.
The Beginners By Rebecca Wolff, out June 30
A mysterious pair of newcomers come to a small town (with a dark past) where they become the object of attention for 15-yearold Ginger, who is eager to leave behind her childhood innocence.
To Sound in the Know: Wolff is one of the co-founders of Fence, where she is still the editor and publisher.