Starred Review

Standard Deviation

by Katherine Heiny

Twenty-four years after the publication of her first short story in the New Yorker, Katherine Heiny's (Single, Carefree, Mellow) debut novel finally has made its way into the world, and the wait has been worth it. Standard Deviation is a winning effort that smartly examines the ties that bind in even the most unlikely of marriages.

Set in the affluent territory of New York's Upper West Side, Heiny's novel focuses on the pairing of venture capitalist Graham Cavanaugh and his wife, Audra Daltry,

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Easy Motion Tourist

by Leye Adenle

Nigerian author Leye Adenle introduces fans of crime fiction to the staggeringly corrupt city of Lagos in his debut novel, Easy Motion Tourist. In a spare style reminiscent of Raymond Chandler, Guy Collins, an inexperienced British journalist new to Lagos, navigates the city. His misadventures begin abruptly when he stumbles upon a horrible crime: the all-too-real phenomenon of ritual killing, a gruesome practice involving the removal of human body parts in order to perform black magic. When he's arrested

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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Prez Mellows hasn't talked since his grandfather was taken away. When he's placed in a foster home with the talkative Blythe family on Stramoddie Farm, Prez appreciates the routine of farm life after years in a caretaking role for his grandfather, whose Alzheimer's has progressed to the point where he is no longer safe on his own. But Prez worries about his grandfather and doesn't know when he'll see him again.

When Prez answers the doorbell one day--realizing only later that Stramoddie has no doorbell--he

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by Jem Lester

Separated from his wife, Ben Jewell navigates life with his nonverbal autistic tween son and his curmudgeonly, close-mouthed father.

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The Australian

by Emma Smith-Stevens

A young Australian moves to New York to find fame and fortune, but must return home to discover the man he wants to be.

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The Girl in Between

by Sarah Carroll

An unnamed girl and her alcoholic, drug-using mother are off the streets now, living in an old mill, but they still fear that the Authorities will take the girl away.

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Broken River

by J. Robert Lennon

A couple trying to save their marriage moves with their daughter into a house with a murderous past in this well-wrought and darkly comic literary thriller.

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Media Heat

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The View: Eddie Izzard, author of Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens (Blue Rider, $28, 9780399175831).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jeffrey Tambor, author of Are You Anybody?: A Memoir (Crown Archetype, $27, 9780451496355).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The View: David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385534246).

Monday, June 19, 2017

Daily Show: Janet Mock, author of Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me (Atria, $24.99, 9781501145797).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Yiyun Li, author of Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life (Random House, $27, 9780399589096).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Rakesh Satyal, author of No One Can Pronounce My Name: A Novel (Picador, $26, 9781250112118).

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Lizzy Goodman, author of Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 (Dey Street, $26.99, 9780062233097).
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