The Blondes, by Emily Schultz
What it is: a hilarious and whipsmart novel where an epidemic of a rabies-like disease is carried only by blonde women, all of whom must go to great lengths to conceal their blondness.
Why I want to read it: This is being billed as a genre-defying novel, a mix of satire, thriller, and serious literature. It is also being compared to works like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, as well as getting nods from the likes of Stephen King, Helene Wecker, and Emily St. John Mandel.
A Slant of Light, by Jeffrey Lent
What it is: A double murder in a small rural western New York town after the end of the Civil War affects the entire community in this novel about love, loss and revenge.
Why I want to read it: Lent won me over more than fifteen years ago with his debut novel, In the Fall. I find his prose profoundly moving.
Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova
What it is: A cop, husband and father initially attributes his uncharacteristic outbursts, involuntary movements and confused thinking to stress, but a visit to a neurologist changes his life and the lives of his family forever.
Why I want to read it: Novelist and neuroscientist Genova does an amazing job weaving fiction and science in a way that makes it readable and accessible. Readers may be familiar with another of Genova's novels, Still Alice, recently made into an Oscar-winning film featuring Julianne Moore. This will likely be a title that your neighbors and book clubs will be talking about in the near future.