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Continued: Summer books: Fiction

  • Article by: MEGANNE FABREGA , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 31, 2013 - 2:33 PM

“Archipelago: A Novel,” by Monique Roffey (Penguin, $16)

“Archipelago” is the kind of tale that once you start reading it you can’t bear to see it end. With sweeping emotion, extraordinary characters and the utter unpredictability of the sea, Roffey creates a timeless story featuring Gavin Weald, his daughter Océan, and their faithful dog Suzy, who travel by boat from their home in Trinidad to the Galápagos Islands. Father and daughter experience both adventure and heartbreak, and ultimately return to their homeland irreparably changed.


“A Girl Like You,” by Maureen Lindley (Bloomsbury, $14, June 4)

This novel about the United States’ Japanese internment camps during World War II ventures beyond the gates and follows 15-year-old Satomi Baker’s ordeal before, during and after her imprisonment. Satomi, born to a white father and a Japanese mother, walks a fine line between clashing cultures. Despite years of loss and disappointment Satomi finds the strength to create her own loving family. Lindley’s extensive research is evident throughout and will strongly appeal to fans of historical fiction.


“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” by Karen Joy Fowler (Putnam/Marian Wood Books, $26.95)

Inspired by her own family’s work in the field of animal behavior, Karen Joy Fowler’s latest novel probes the complicated relationship among humans and animals, parents and children, and the intimate bond between siblings amid the backdrop of Davis, Calif., in the mid-1990s. Rosemary Cooke was raised alongside her “sister from another mother” Fern until one traumatic summer when Fern is abruptly removed from their family and never spoken of again. The full story slowly unfolds as Rosemary chases down a lost suitcase all while trying to keep tabs on a ventriloquist’s dummy, her fugitive brother and a shadowy “friend” named Harlow.


“The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession,” by Charlie Lovett (Viking, $27.95)

The Bard is back in this rollicking literary mystery. Seasoned bookseller Peter Byerly is hiding out in his home in the English countryside and recovering from his young wife’s death when he is unwittingly drawn into a complicated scheme that only the most dedicated bibliophile could untangle. This novel has something for everyone: William Shakespeare, a love story, murder and even a secret tunnel.


Meganne Fabrega is a freelance writer and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.


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