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Summer Reading 2021

Summer will be here before you know it! At Bookreporter.com, this means it's time for us to share some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Contests and Feature. We are hosting a series of 24-hour contests for these titles on select days through the end of August, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter to win.

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

HOMELAND ELEGIES blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son and the country they both call home. Ayad Akhtar forges a new narrative voice to capture a country in which debt has ruined countless lives and the gods of finance rule, where immigrants live in fear, and where the nation’s unhealed wounds wreak havoc around the world. Akhtar attempts to make sense of it all through the lens of a story about one family, from a heartland town in America to palatial suites in Central Europe to guerrilla lookouts in the mountains of Afghanistan, and spares no one --- least of all himself --- in the process.

Week of May 24, 2021

Paperback releases for the week of May 24th include SEX AND VANITY, in which Kevin Kwan takes readers from Capri to New York City, where Lucie Tang Churchill finds herself torn between two men --- and two very different cultures; THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE, Fiona Davis' page-turning historical novel about a series of book thefts that roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces; Emily Giffin's THE LIES THAT BIND, a mesmerizing and emotionally resonant exploration of the never-ending search for love and truth, in which a young lady falls hard for an impossibly perfect man before he disappears without a trace; HOMELAND ELEGIES by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar, a deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams; and THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES, Kristin Harmel's engaging and evocative novel --- inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II --- about a young woman with a talent for forgery who helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis.

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of DISGRACED and AMERICAN DERVISH: an immigrant father and his son search for belonging --- in post-Trump America, and with each other.

A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, HOMELAND ELEGIES blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son and the country they both call home.