Alice McDermott’s wise and tender novel, Someone (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25), is the distillation of a woman’s life from childhood to old age. We first meet Marie as she sits on the stoop of her Brooklyn house waiting for her father to get home from work, and later come to see how her middle-class Irish-Catholic family forms the core of her being. Moving among various key points of her life—early friendship, first love, first job, deaths of loved ones, raising a family—we witness the formation of her character as the world she knows changes around her. McDermott elegantly evinces the joys and heartbreaks of family and community, capturing the wonder and strangeness of a seemingly ordinary life.

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A group of six New York high schoolers first bond at an idyllic Berkshires art camp in the summer of 1972. New to the world of irony, and grasping at self-knowledge, they call themselves The Interestings (Riverhead, $27.95). Enthrallingly, exuberantly, Meg Wolitzer follows these “creatives” into adulthood, tracing their life-defining relationships with one another and with the complicated mantle of being interesting. One turns his back on early musical promise, another rides his animation talents to stunning Simpsons-like success. And at the center of it all, awkward Jules has defined her aspirations as a part of this creative set, but flounders after trading comic acting for training in social work, as life renders her more and more, well... normal. Engrossing and fun, these characters and their eccentricities will maintain an enduring hold long after you finish this flawless novel.

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How does an ordinary middle-class husband and father lose all self-respect and become an addict living in squalor? First his daughter is killed by a car, then his wife leaves him. Charlie Crosby, the narrator of what’s left of his life in Enon (Random House, $26), self-medicates his grief and a broken hand with whiskey, pain killers, and story-telling, obsessively recounting his childhood experiences and the family lore he would have passed on to his daughter (which includes many admiring tales of George Crosby, his grandfather and the protagonist of Paul Harding’s Pulitzer-winning first novel, Tinkers). At first Charlie’s interior monologues buoy him, but as they become more fantastic and less coherent, Charlie is forced to face the depths he’s sunk to and find a way back to normality. Harding’s recounting of Charlie’s descent into and rise from emotional and physical ruin is vivid and heartbreaking.

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