Each week as part of SunLit — The Sun’s literature section — we feature staff recommendations from book stores across Colorado. This week, staff from BookBar in Denver recommend “Carrie Soto Is Back,” “Such a Quiet Place” and “Fake Accounts.”
Carrie Soto Is Back
By Taylor Jenkins Reid
Random House Publishing Group
From the publisher: Carrie Soto is fierce, and her determination to win at any cost has not made her popular. But six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself sitting in the stands of the 1994 U.S. Open, watching her record be taken from her by a brutal, stunning player named Nicki Chan. At 37 years old, Carrie makes the monumental decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record.
From Rosie Loiacono, Booktender: Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master at writing multifaceted, interesting women who can be both easy to love and hard to like. The only glimpse of her we have prior to this book is as a raging, scorned woman whose boyfriend is cheating on his wife with her. TJR works her magic yet again as she lays out Carrie’s backstory, explains why she’s so hardened against the world, and doesn’t let her lose an ounce of her fierceness as she learns to open up and trust others after decades of being closed off to everyone in her life.
Such a Quiet Place
By Megan Miranda
Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books
From the publisher: Hollow’s Edge used to be a quiet place. A private and idyllic neighborhood where neighbors dropped in on neighbors, celebrated graduation and holiday parties together, and looked out for one another. But then came the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. A year and a half later, Hollow’s Edge is simmering. The residents are trapped, unable to sell their homes, confronted daily by the empty Truett house, and suffocated by their trial testimonies that implicated one of their own — Ruby Fletcher. And now, Ruby’s back.
From Amanda Myers, Lead Booktender: A chilling story set in a “perfect” suburban community. But when one of their neighbors commits a heinous crime and returns after their stint in prison, what they thought was safe haven becomes a nightmare. An Agatha Christie-esque novel that will transition perfectly from the beach to under a cozy blanket!
Fake Accounts: A Novel
By Lauren Oyle
From the publisher: On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, a young woman snoops through her boyfriend’s phone and makes a startling discovery: He’s an anonymous internet conspiracy theorist, and a popular one at that. Already fluent in internet fakery, irony, and outrage, she’s not exactly shocked by the revelation. Actually, she’s relieved — he was always a little distant — and she plots to end their floundering relationship while on a trip to the Women’s March in DC. But this is only the first in a series of bizarre twists that expose a world whose truths are shaped by online lies.
From Amanda Davidson, Lead Booktender: “Fake Accounts” is so smart and funny and sharp. About the internet, how we create a persona on and offline, online dating, and being young and not really knowing what you’re doing. Buckle in for a timely critique of our current culture. Subplot: Are straight men OK?
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