New in Paperback: ‘Oh William!’ and ‘The big mistake’

OH WILLIAM!, by Elizabeth Strout. (Random House, 256 p., $ 18.) Lucy Barton, the narrator of Strout’s 2016 novel, “My Name is Lucy Barton”, is the widow of her second husband and has become a famous writer when her first husband, William, invites her on a trip to investigate a family secret . According to our reviewer, Jennifer Egan, Strout’s ninth novel is a testament to how creating a family “creates a fresh structure of myths and meaning on top of the original.”

MOKEY BOY, by Francisco Goldman. (Grove, 336 pp., $ 17.) In this autobiographical novel, a middle-aged writer who recently fled Mexico after publishing a revelation of a political assassination visits his Guatemalan mother in a nursing home in Boston, where he struggles with his racial identity, the memories of a violent father and the legacy . migration and war.

EDGE CASE, by YZ Chin. (Ecco, 320 pp., $ 16.99.) Edwina, a Malaysian immigrant and a low-key analyst at a tech start-up in New York, is desperately looking for her husband in the city, who, mourning his father’s death, has suddenly packed a suitcase and left. Our reviewer, Lauren Oyler, called Chin’s debut a “realistic portrayal of a woman in crisis” and a “subtly provocative portrayal of the tech industry and this country that is tilting ever more off-kilter.”

THE BIG MISTAKE, by Jonathan Lee. (Vintage, 304 p., $ 17.) Lee’s novel recreates the life of Andrew Haswell Green, an integral force behind the creation of Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was murdered in 1903. Our historical fiction columnist, Alida Becker, called it a “finely drawn tale” that ” suggests “by the whims that can seal the fate of any man.”

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