OH GUILLERMO!, by Elizabeth Strout. (Random House, 256 pp., $18.) Lucy Barton, the narrator of Strout’s 2016 novel, “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” is widowed by her second husband and has become a famous author when her first husband, William, invites her on a trip to investigate a secret. familiar. According to our reviewer, Jennifer Egan, Strout’s ninth novel is a testament to how raising a family “creates a new fabric of myth and meaning on top of the primitive.”
CUTE BOY, by Francis Goldman. (Grove, 336 pp., $17.) In this autobiographical novel, a middle-aged writer who recently fled Mexico after publishing an exposé of a political assassination visits his Guatemalan mother in a Boston nursing home, where he grapples with his racial identity, memories of an abusive father and legacies. of migration and war.
EXTREME CASE, by YZ Chin. (Ecco, 320 pp., $16.99.) Edwina, an immigrant from Malaysia and a humble analyst at a tech startup in New York, desperately searches the city for her husband who, while grieving the death of his father, suddenly packed a suitcase and left. Our reviewer, Lauren Oyler, called Chin’s debut a “realistic portrayal of a woman in crisis” and a “subtly provocative depiction of the tech industry and this increasingly out of place country.”
THE BIG MISTAKE, by Jonathan Lee. (Old, 304 pp., $17.) Lee’s novel reimagines the life of Andrew Haswell Green, an integral force behind the creation of Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art who was assassinated in 1903. Our historical fiction columnist, Alida Becker, called it a “narrative finely drawn” hinting at the whims that can seal any man’s fate.”