18 Best Summer 2024 Book Releases


In online literary discourse, “beach reading” as a term has gone the way of “chick lit,” as in, why do the books women bring to enjoy Jacob Riis or El Matador have to be? not serious?

You could conceivably carry all the volumes History of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire in an oversized Boat and Tote to prove a point, but you might as well save yourself the backache and pack one of the juicy (but substantive) new releases below. From the surreal tales of It Girl Honor Levy to the incendiary second collection from an 18-year-old Māori poet backed by Lorde, see 18 titles you won't be able to put down, even for a quick dip.

A good happy girl by Marissa Higgins

Marissa Higgins has an uncanny knack for writing about devastating topics with a shrug. It's a talent that's on full display in her stylishly original debut novel, which follows a young lawyer who pursues an intense relationship with a married lesbian couple while navigating her parents' recent incarceration.

At just 28, Tayi Tibble has already been called “one of the most amazing and original poets of her generation” by American Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, and counts fellow New Zealander Lorde as one of her superfans. The Maori writer's second incendiary collection arrives after 2022 Poukahangatus and is as elegant and fearless as she is.

My first book by Honor Levy

Honor Levy has been hailed as a fascinating voice of Generation Z for her surreal and electrifying flash fiction stories that find her characters increasingly stuck in a digital age on the brink of collapse. Now, he's releasing a debut short story collection full of young people in strange situations.

All Four by Miranda July

Miranda July, actor, filmmaker and literary “it girl” of the 2010s, releases her first novel in nine years. All Fours is an irreverent, erotic novel about a semi-famous, middle-aged artist who turns her life around. (Is there a better genre?)

Very bad company by Emma Rosenblum

2023 was brought to us by Emma Rosenblum Bad people of summer, a salty tale of murderous intrigue featuring a gossipy group of wealthy New Yorkers vacationing on Fire Island. The following is Very bad company, a story of 10 dysfunctional colleagues who negotiate a billion-dollar deal for a work retreat in paradise that turns deadly. to think The White Lotus they meet Succession.

Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk by Kathleen Hanna

The gripping memoir of the legendary Bikini Kill and Le Tigre takes us through a tumultuous childhood and coming of age in Olympia, Washington. Also included: the scoop on the start of the Riot Grrrl movement in the 1990s, her friendship with Kurt Cobain, her crush on the Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock, and her debilitating battle with Lyme disease.

We were the Universe by Kimberly King Parsons

From the author of black light comes a richly psychedelic and intelligent novel about a young ex-rocker dealing with the dizzying effects of grief after her sister's death. After a trip to Montana with her best friend, she returns to Dallas and tries to balance her daily routine with reminiscing about her past life and pondering new sexual fantasies.

Perfume and pain by Anna Dorn

Anna Dorn's latest book, exaltedit was for astrology girls; Perfume and pain it's for fragrance heads. In her sultry new take on a novel, a controversial LA author tries to revive her career and finally find true love in this fun nod to 1950s lesbian pulp fiction.

exhibition by RO Kwon

Jin Han has been told never to share anything about an old family curse, lest he risk death and ruin. But he can't help himself when he meets Lidija, an injured professional dancer who's on hiatus for sketchy reasons from her ballet company. RO Kwon's exhibition is a thrilling novel about being caught between the desires of the future and the ghosts of the past.

brat by Gabriel Smith

Gabriel Smith, a lively literary talent with an irreverent clarity of voice, debuts an inventive and chilling novel about a writer living in his dead father's house as he struggles to finish his second book. As his surroundings slowly begin to deteriorate, the writer embarks on a surreal journey into the mystery of his home, which is further unraveled when he finds a strange home video.

role play by Clara Drummond

In this original satire, a wealthy young gallery curator in Rio de Janeiro has a class awakening when her perfect existence is threatened by a shocking proximity to state violence. Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn, Clara Drummond's English debut combines the fun effects of wealth for a biting and seductive read.

Tehranangels by Porochista Khakpour

Reality TV, Los Angeles and a fast food empire are ingredients in Porochista Khakpour's tragicomic tale of Iranian-American billionaires living in an LA McMansion with their four energetic daughters. The family is about to get their own reality show when it becomes clear that their deepest secrets are about to come out before the cameras roll.

ask me again by Clare Sestanovich

Clare Sestanovich's intimate short stories paved the way for her novel ask me again, a coming-of-age story set between two New York neighborhoods. The book follows Eva and Jamie, who develop a deep friendship but are thrust into separate worlds, leading to a final judgment that explores fate, identity, and faith in the larger world.

parade by Rachel Cusk

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 18

Rachel Cusk has been praised for her gut-wrenching revamp of the novel outline trilogy Now, he's back with a new novel that overturns traditional storytelling conventions. In paradean artist begins to paint upside down, eventually achieving great recognition.

Small rot by Akwaeke Emezi

Lives are thrown into chaos when a sex party goes awry, throwing a recently single man, his best friend and two female sex workers into the tangled elite of a Nigerian city as they desperately try to locate the escape hatch.

Banal Nightmare by Halle Butler

Penguin Random House, July 16

Halle Butler's mastery of writing infuriatingly unique characters is at the heart of her latest novel, banal nightmare. This demanding and hilarious work follows Moddie as he returns to his Midwestern town of X, where he encounters old friends, renewed revenge fantasies, and demons that refuse to stay hidden.

The hypocrite by Jo Hamya

The father-daughter animosity is on full display in Jo Hamya's The hypocritea searing novel that follows young playwright Sophia, who debuts a well-received new show centered around a Sicilian vacation she took with her father, a famous and grieving author, years earlier.

Blue Sisters by Coco Mellors

While you wait for the television adaptation of Coco Mellors' debut novel, Cleopatra and Frankensteinwhet your appetite with Blue Sisterswhich follows three estranged siblings who return home to save the New York City apartment they grew up in from being sold after the untimely death of their other sister.


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