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Damien Wilkins’s “Max Gate” is a novel about the end of Thomas Hardy’s life.
In Gina Wohlsdorf’s debut novel, “Security,” surveillance cameras follow two masked killers in a hotel.
Alexander McCall Smith’s stories in “Chance Developments” were suggested by five anonymous images of the past.
A man struggles to keep his Los Angeles clinic afloat in Peter Spiegelman’s “Dr. Knox.”
The editor Terry McDonell writes fondly about James Salter, Richard Ford and other literary friends in “The Accidental Life.”
A laborer follows his infatuation to the war-torn Balkans in Jesse Armstrong’s debut novel, “Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals.”
Two girls set out in search of God and a missing neighbor in Joanna Cannon’s “The Trouble With Goats and Sheep.”
In Swan Huntley’s “We Could Be Beautiful,” an affluent woman thinks she’s found the ideal mate, but her lingering suspicions say otherwise.
Recommended reading by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.
Planetary destruction and other uses of mathematics in a far-future society; women in geekdom; and shapeshifters who prey on humans in the Mughal Empire, and today.
Jules Feiffer’s new graphic novel, “Cousin Joseph,” features a strange collection of characters: unionists, head honchos, dirty cops, bums, lackeys.
The comedian, actress, producer and author of “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo” reads everything by Elena Ferrante. “But not right before bed, because I have furious nightmares.”
Jeffrey Toobin’s “American Heiress” revisits the strange story of Patty Hearst’s kidnapping and career as an urban guerrilla.
“The Fire This Time,” an anthology of poems, columns and essays edited by Jesmyn Ward, looks at the joy and the pain of being black in America.
James Andrew Miller’s “Powerhouse,” a history of Creative Artists Agency, is full of vaunting ambition, immense wealth and power, and personal betrayal.
In Teju Cole’s essays in “Known and Strange Things,” imagination crosses and recrosses boundaries.
In Lara Vapnyar’s new novel, “Still Here,” four immigrant friends try to make their way in New York.
William Giraldi’s “The Hero’s Body” and Daniel Kunitz’s “Lift” examine the culture and history of bodybuilding and fitness.
In Nina Stibbe’s “Paradise Lodge,” a teenager finds her calling at an unorthodox nursing home.
True to the expansive spirit of the fantasy series’s multifaceted universe, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is a collaboration among J.K. Rowling, the playwright Jack Thorne and the director John Tiffany.