When Pepper gets committed to an asylum for doing something he can’t remember, he’s immediately visited by a terrifying devil. The other inmates swear the devil is real, and it’s up to Pepper to harness the talents of his fellow inmates to try and stop or even kill the devil. LaValle is a high-ranking literary writer, so I’m sure you’ll hear a lot more about this one as its pub date approaches.
Amis’s latest is a high-risk, possibly-high-reward satire about a kid named Desmond and his eccentric guardian, Lionel Asbo. Asbo, a small-time thug, wins a lottery and goes big-time, and his ward has to go along for the ride. August is a light month this year—I haven’t read any of the authors on this list. So I’m not entirely sure Amis can pull off this premise, but if he does, it sounds like this could be the best book of the lot.
Benjamin Benjamin takes a course in caregiving after losing his family and his job. He’s assigned to a 19-year-old kid with Duchenne, and as they grow closer, they go on a road trip. This excerpt should give you a feel for what blurbers are calling the “energy” of Evison’s latest.
One of the Booker longlist selections as announced last week, The Lighthouse follows a middle-aged man on a contemplative walking holiday in Germany, as he remembers his life. If you like this kind of book, you know who you are.
The premise sounds meh: a teenager digs through her missing, agoraphobic mother’s letters and emails to try to track her down. I could take it or leave it, but Maria Semple was a writer on Arrested Development, which makes this significantly more interesting.
This month’s super-hyped debut novel follows a solitary “orchardist” in the Pacific Northwest in the early-1900s. When two young girls appear—one of them pregnant, and both of them followed close by trouble—the orchardist’s life is changed. Sounds like there’s more meat on this bone than most literary debuts.
Cristofano’s first novel was nominated for an Edgar award, and it was awful. If you like Twilight, or Fifty Shades of Grey, this might be up your alley, and may god have mercy on your book club. If you like mysteries, or well-written books, stay far far far far away.