Hotel Living is at once a cool-eyed satire and an unexpectedly heartfelt meditation on the meaning of home
Written by CNT Editors
It doesn’t matter whether your idea of a summer vacation is lounging beachside in Wailea or people-watching in the Piazza San Marco: Either way, you’ll want a good book. Here are four of our picks from the season’s hottest new releases, along with beach-read recommendations from the authors who wrote them.
We pick: Hotel Living,by Ioannis Pappos
A fast-paced roman à clef about a management consultant from a small Greek village who finds himself caught up in the excesses of a pre-2008 global economy, Hotel Living is at once a cool-eyed satire and an unexpectedly heartfelt meditation on the meaning of home.
Pappos picks: Blood Brothers,by Ernst Haffner
We pick: The Way Things Were,by Aatish Taseer
This novel tells the story of the dissolution of one affluent Delhi family, set against the epic events that shaped contemporary India. The book really sizzles when Taseer focuses on the drawing-room chatter of the Indian elite, and all their snobberies and insecurities.
Taseer picks: Arctic Summer,by Damon Galgut
We pick: Barbara the Slut and Other People,by Lauren Holmes
This collection about Millennials navigating their way through early adulthood (and the complications of sexuality and identity) might be the literary answer to a certain HBO show. But Holmes’s voice—at once sharp and empathetic—is all her own.
Holmes picks: One Hundred Years of Solitude,by Gabriel García Márquez
We pick: Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life,by William Finnegan
The New Yorkerwriter’s memoir of a life longboarding is an ode to the sport as well as a travelogue: Finnegan spent part of his youth in Hawaii, and his stories of surfing everywhere from Long Island to Madagascar are a beautiful chronicle about the hunt for the perfect wave.
Finnegan picks: Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels