New in Paperback: ‘Summer’ and ‘The Dragons, the Giant, the Women’
SUMMER, by Ali Smith. (Anchor, 400 pp., $17.) Dwight Garner called the finale of Smith’s seasonal quartet “a prose poem in praise of memory, forgiveness, getting the joke and seizing the moment.” Featuring teenage siblings “OK boomer”-ing their parents as well as some characters from the previous novels in the series, the plot is hard to pin down. “To properly enter this novel,” Garner wrote, “you’ve got to be willing to get a bit lost.”
REVOLVER: Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America, by Jim Rasenberger. (Scribner, 448 pp., $18.) In this “cleareyed and honest” biography set around America’s descent into the Civil War, Rasenberger explains how the inventor of the revolver “helped to create an industrial, technological future by multiplying the productivity of personal violence,” our reviewer, T. J. Stiles, wrote.
THIS IS ALL I GOT: A New Mother’s Search for Home, by Lauren Sandler. (Random House, 352 pp., $18.) Following the maddening encounters of a “wildly impulsive, profoundly smart, deeply savvy" 22-year-old Dominican mother in a Brooklyn homeless shelter in 2015, Alex Kotlowitz wrote in his review, …
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