These six titles have been chosen by Indie booksellers to be included in their Summer 2015 Indie Next List for Reading Groups. Complete list here.
Fourth of July Creek (9780062286468) by Smith Henderson. $15.99 trade paper.
One of my favorite novels of last year—or any year!
“Breathtaking…heartbreaking…Henderson’s immersive, colorful style makes this scenic journey worthwhile. He’s a curious kind of hard-boiled poet.”
—Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)
“The best book I’ve read so far this year.”
“First novels don’t come much more confidently written or fully imagined than this.”
—New York Times
The Bees (9780062331175) by Laline Paull. $15.99 trade paper.
“[T]he story’s inspired imagining of hive life compels one to wonder about the extraordinary complexity and sophistication of these insects – and to care about their fate….Beautiful.”
The Darkest Hour (9780062339379) by Tony Schumacher. $14.99 trade paper.
“[A] convincing and swift-moving debut…an alternative-history thriller that makes an imaginary past vivid by dwelling not on larger what-ifs but on the perils of a handful of individuals… …assured and atmospheric writing make this a memorable novel, reminiscent of writers from John Buchan to Ken Follett, and of directors from Alfred Hitchcock to Carol Reed.”
—Wall Street Journal
The Queen of the Tearling (9780062290380) by Erika Johansen. $12.99 trade paper.
“Call it The Hunger Games of Thrones…medieval fantasy meets dystopian future…The setting, combined with Johansen’s deft hand with character and plotting, really does work…An addictive and enjoyable adventure.”
— USA Today
The Hotel on Place Vendome (9780061791048) by Tilar J. Mazzeo. $15.99 trade paper.
“[A] feast for readers wanting to be swept away this summer….A breathtaking tale of glamour, opulence and celebrity; dangerous liaisons, espionage and resistance. Tracing the captivating history of Paris’s world-famous Hôtel Ritz, Mazzeo reveals a hotbed of illicit affairs and deadly intrigue, as well as stunning acts of defiance and treachery.”
—Brad Thor, Today Show Summer Reads
Not My Father’s Son (9780062225078) by Alan Cumming. $15.99 trade paper.
“Equal parts memoir, whodunnit, and manual for living…a beautifully written, honest look at the forces of blood and bone that make us what we are, and how we make ourselves.”
— Neil Gaiman