New fiction from Meg Wolitzer and Rachel Kushner!

We have now officially entered the hallowed season of reading-in-the-park (or on the balcony, on the front stoop, while walking down the sidewalk, whatever)!

Outdoor reading enablers that we are, we've got many new titles in, including these two anticipated books:

Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings chronicles the lives and complicated relationships of six friends who met as teens at a camp for the arts. As they get older, the talent they were praised for as adolescents leads to public recognition for some, but not for others. Those whose lives have taken more "normal" routes find themselves having to adjust their expectations of artistic fame and success. What happens when you're old enough to realize that perhaps you aren't particularly special or interesting after all?

Have a look at these reviews from the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Or just come over here and crack it open!

The Flame Throwers, by Rachel Kushner, tells the story of a young artist named Reno, after the city where she was born and raised. She moves first to New York to make art about her obsession with motorcycles, and eventually ends up in Italy, where she becomes involved with the Italian radical workers movement that rose to prominence in the 1970s.

From James Wood's review in the New Yorker:
Rachel Kushner’s second novel, “The Flamethrowers”, is scintillatingly alive, and also alive to artifice. It ripples with stories, anecdotes, set-piece monologues, crafty egotistical tall tales, and hapless adventures: Kushner is never not telling a story. It is nominally a historical novel (it’s set in the mid-seventies), and, I suppose, also a realist one (it works within the traditional grammar of verisimilitude). But it manifests itself as a pure explosion of now: it catches us in its mobile, flashing present, which is the living reality it conjures on the page at the moment we are reading.

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