This week’s must-read books

The Map that Leads to You by JP Monninger

(fiction, St. Martin’s)

Heather Mulgrew has just graduated from college and is traveling abroad with her friends, having European adventures before moving to New York and the corporate job that awaits her there. Her adult life is shaping up according to plan until she meets a handsome American named Jack, who is tracing the route that his grandfather took across Europe after WWII. The two fall in love and as they travel through Krakow and Prague and Paris, Heather’s plans no longer seem set in stone.

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

(fiction, Little, Brown)

Harper and Tabitha Frost are identical twin sisters who couldn’t be less alike: One lives in a rundown house on Martha’s Vineyard and can’t hold down a job; the other has a fashion boutique on Nantucket and a rebellious teenage daughter. After a decade of estrangement, the two decide to switch islands — and lives — in an attempt to hold their splintered family together.

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

(fiction, Putnam)

Helena Pelletier lived the first part of her life far away from civilization, being taught by her father how to hunt and forage. What she doesn’t know is that her father kidnapped her mother as a teenager and that she is the product of that abduction. Helena and her mother eventually escape, and her father is sent to prison. But when he escapes, she’s the only one with the skills to track him down.

Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky by Dave Konig

(fiction, Willow Street Press)

Those nostalgic for 1980s, pre-Giuliani New York in all its gritty, sleazy splendor will enjoy this book by Emmy Award winning comedian Dave Konig, a tale of three dysfunctional teens and a cast of colorful characters that includes Ping-Pong champions, washed-up boxers, aging Nazis and more. “Crime. Addiction. Poverty. Gambling. Violence. Teenage Runaways. Stupidity. It’s a comedy,” proclaims the back of the book.

Trophy Son by Douglas Brunt

(fiction, St. Martin’s)

Growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs, Anton Stratis has been raised to be one thing: the No. 1 tennis player in the world. Pushing him forward is a relentless father, a former athlete himself. Anton becomes one of the top-ranked tennis players in the world but as he struggles to balance family and stardom, he wonders if the cost of athletic success is too high. Shades of Pat Conroy’s classic “The Great Santini.”

Lockdown by Laurie R. King

(fiction, Bantam)

It’s Career Day at the Guadalupe Middle School, and Principal Linda McDonald is determined to have a fresh start for the school, moving it past its reputation for gang violence, truancy and neglect. But not everyone agrees with her plan, and a chain of interactions leads to a shocking confrontation.

Filed under 6/10/17