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SUNLIT READING

Tuck these books into your beach bag

By Claire Yezbak Fadden

The lazy days of summer are here. Sunlight is abundant and the hours unencumbered. What else do we need?
A good novel! Add these new titles to your summer reading list to take to the beach, enjoy poolside, or devour while
lounging in your own backyard.

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A BOOK OF MATCHES

Jesse Ball’s How to Set a Fire and Why (Pantheon, July 5, 2016) tells the tale of Lucia, whose father is dead, and whose mother is in a mental institute. Lucia, who now lives in her aunt’s garage-turned-bedroom, makes her way with only a book, a zippo lighter and a pocket full of stolen licorice, spending her days riding the bus to visit her mother. She follows the only rule that makes any sense to her: don’t do things you aren’t proud of. But when she discovers that her new school has a secret Arson Club, she’s willing to do anything to be a part of it, and her life is suddenly lit up. And as her fascination with the Arson Club grows, her story becomes one of misguided friendship and, ultimately, destruction.

A SEARING TALE OF LOVE, FAITH AND FAMILY

With striking emotional precision and lively, inventive language, Adam Haslett’s Imagine Me Gone (Little, Brown and Company) weaves a story with the power to change how we see the most important people in our lives. Told from alternating points of view by five family members, this gut-wrenching, and sometimes funny, story brings to life the repercussions of a mother’s love for her children, the often inescapable devotion siblings feel toward one another, and the legacy of a father’s pain.

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A HORSERACING HERITAGE

A spiraling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is C. E. Morgan’s unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery. Hellsmouth, a thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties. When an ambitious young black man, Allmon Shaughnessy, comes to work on their farm, the violence of the Forges’ history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled in fear, prejudice and lust, they tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth.

[ For upcoming “Meet the Author” events scheduled throughout the summer, visit
warwicks.com or stop by Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue in La Jolla. ]