10 New Must-Reads for May

The Lola Quartet, Emily St. John Mandel (May 1)

If you like your literary fiction with a strong shot of detective novel, Emily St. John Mandel is your girl. In The Lola Quartet, members of a performing arts high school jazz ensemble reunite after ten years to find that their lives have not shaken out quite the way they had imagined. Gavin, newly fired from his journalism job, finds out that he may or may not be the father of a 10-year-old named Chloe. Daniel has morphed into a bitter and twice-divorced cop, Jack and Sasha each into their own private kind of addict. The noir-ish storyline will hook you from the first page, but you’ll stay for the well-drawn relationships and all-too-familiar grown-up angst.