It’s that time of year where even just going to the mailbox leaves you with a sticky feeling all over your skin, the humidity and heat heavy on the air. Ice cream melts in less than three minutes. Dog’s paws burn on the sidewalk. Everyone smells of sweat and coconut sunscreen. Summer can be gloriously bright, bursting with energy, and it can be a sweaty mess of back sweat and sticking to car seats. Maybe you’re doing a Staycation in the comfortable air conditioning of your home, or perhaps you’re chilling on the beach with the scent of salt and sand. Either way, summertime calls for some serious To Read lists. Whether you’re stuck at home or having a Jack Kerouac Like Adventure. Here are some books we here at Prosaic are excited to read, some are new, some are yet to be released. But every last one of them will be sure to enrich your summer reading list.
The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel
A story of tragedy, pain, family, forgiveness, and love. Angel’s tale follows Reina Castillo’s journey after her brother commits a heinous crime, burdening herself with the blame, Reina attempts to find solace and peace in the Florida Keys. There, Reina meets Nesto, a man exiled and awaiting the arrival of his children in Havana. Through their meeting, Reina begins to understand the forces of nature, herself, and her family.
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Yeong-Hye begins having nightmares of blood and violence, driving her to desire to purge her body, mind, and spirit by give up meat. This small act of rebellion threatens her marriage and she and her husband’s normal, settled lives. But her obsession begins to overcome her as she resorts to more dangerous methods, and she is ostracized from her husband, those she holds dear, and ultimately herself.
The Girls by Emma Cline
1960s, Northern California—A lonely teenager, Evie Boyd, is drawn into a new, up and coming cult that will later become infamous for its leader-Charles Manson. The stakes are high as Evie is pulled deeper into the tangled web of lies, obsession, infatuation, and violence.
SweetBitter by Stephanie Danier
22-year-old Tess leaves for New York where she works as a waitress and discovers a whole new world of sensuous, culinary delights. And as her palette becomes more refined, so does her capability for experience, friendships, and love.
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J. K Rowling
Years after the events of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter is father to three children. And Albus, his youngest, must face down the legacy his father left and a darkness neither of them expected.
Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
When Edith Hind goes missing, Manon Bradshaw is put on the case to interview those in Edith’s life as suspects. As the case unravels, Edith’s actions are discovered to be increasingly erratic and the complex details of her personal life, complicating the case for Manon as she discovers the truth, a truth that threatens both Edith’s family and her.