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6 Must-Read Novels New in Paperback This June

Kay Cosgrove is a freelance writer and poet, and the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Westchester Review, and Inprint Houston. Her work has appeared in the Southern Review, the Massachusetts Review, and the Boston Review, among other journals. She teaches at Saint Joseph’s University as a visiting professor of English. For more information, visit kaycosgrove.com.

June brings a slew of new paperback releases that are sure to break your heart in the best way possible. From new voices like Stephen Markley and Thea Lim to fan favorites like Stephen King and Signe Pike, our June picks are a diverse collection of stories that explore love and loss, family and friendship, trust and deception. You’ll be on the edge of your beach towel with these excellent summer reads.


The Lost Queen
by Signe Pike

Historical fantasy fans, rejoice! The June Book Club Favorites pick, Signe Pike’s THE LOST QUEEN is the first installment in a stunning trilogy. THE LOST QUEEN brings a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland back to life, and fans can’t get enough of Languoreth and her twin brother, Lailoken. The pair fight to preserve the old world of their ancestors on a changing continent. Part romance, part political intrigue, and part myth, THE LOST QUEEN rightly restores Languoreth’s place in the legend of Merlin.

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The Lost Queen
Signe Pike

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Ohio
by Stephen Markley

Stephen Markley’s debut explores in lyrical prose many of our hot-button topics: financial recession, the opioid crisis, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, climate change, and increasingly tense racial and political dynamics. One night in summer 2013, four former classmates find themselves together again in their small Ohio town, each haunted and harrowed by the reality of life in our day and age. Murder, drugs, depression, love, and loss will keep you turning the pages of this not-to-miss novel.

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Ohio
Stephen Markley

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How to Love a Jamaican
by Alexia Arthurs

Alexia Arthurs makes her literary debut with HOW TO LOVE A JAMACIAN, an extraordinary short story collection that will break your heart and leave you wanting more. From a story about an estranged twin brother, to a wild teenager brought back to Jamaica, to a ghost haunting an athlete at his Iowa college, the stories in the collection give voice to the myriad, complex, beautiful, and strange experiences of Jamaican immigrants and their families back home.

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How to Love a Jamaican
Alexia Arthurs

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The Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai

THE GREAT BELIEVERS tells two interwoven stories of heartbreak in the wake of the AIDS epidemic. In 1985, Yale Tishman is working as the development director for an art gallery when the virus disrupts his life. Thirty years later, a woman tracking down her estranged daughter discovers photographs of her brother, whose life was claimed in the 1980s by AIDS, a coincidence that brings the characters together in their shared loss.

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The Great Believers
Rebecca Makkai

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An Ocean of Minutes
by Thea Lim

An unforgettable debut from a refreshing, nuanced storyteller, AN OCEAN OF MINUTES is about the endurance of human beings and the complexity of love. When Polly’s boyfriend, Frank, is diagnosed with a deadly strain of the flu, she decides to travel twelve years into the future in exchange for a life-saving treatment for Frank. Polly finds herself five years too far in the future, alone, poor, and forever changed in a country that she does not recognize. Can love persist in such dire circumstances?

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An Ocean of Minutes
Thea Lim

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The Outsider
by Stephen King

Stephen King’s tome of a book, THE OUTSIDER, is finally available in a commute-friendly size. Terry Maitland is a beloved teacher, husband, father, and coach in Flint City. When the town is rocked by the news that Terry’s fingerprints are found on the violated body of a dead eleven-year-old boy, everyone is shocked. The investigation leads to more horror and more questions as the town—and readers—begin to wonder just who can be trusted.

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The Outsider
Stephen King

Soon to be an HBO limited series starring Ben Mendelsohn!

Evil has many faces…maybe even yours in this #1 New York Times bestseller from master storyteller Stephen King.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is discovered in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens—Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon have DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying details begin to emerge, King’s story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

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