The Best Reads Of June Are Right Here

Here's a secret. At Refinery29, we spend the first six months of every year waiting very, very impatiently for brand spankin' new books to hit shelves. That's because June tends to be an abundantly good time for bibliophiles across the board. And 2017 is already shaping up to be even better stacked than we could have hoped.
From Our Little Racket (a novel that's probing in all the right places and looks at the way a major financial crisis impacts women in a well-to-do town) to The Shark Club (a by-the-sea adventure if we've ever encountered one) and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (a spellbinding look back at the life and times of a secretive former starlet) we can't wait to spend lazy days swimming in the pages of all these awesome reads. And there are plenty more where those came from. So far, we've got eight picks that shouldn't be missed. Let summer book club begin!
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The Answers

By Catherine Lacey, Out June 6

Mary Parsons is broke — between medical bills and credit card debt, she's not sure how she'll make it through. When starts looking for a second job on Craigslist and winds up on a posting called the "Girlfriend Experience", she decides to give it a shot.

The details: A famous actor has hired a team of biotech researchers to build him a harem of women who, together, will constitute the "perfect" relationship. Mary joins the gang, which includes a Maternal Girlfriend (who does the laundry), a Mundanity Girlfriend (who mostly hangs around) plus a host of others tasked with meeting Kurt's intimacy needs. What follows is a wacky look at the way human beings connect — and how, even with all the planning in the world, the ideal relationship isn't something you can create with an algorithm.
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Perennials

By Mandy Berman, Out June 6

Rachel and Fiona grew up going to camp together, summer after summer. Now, with freshman year of college behind them, they're reunited for yet another season at Camp Marigold — this time, as counselors. But their lives, and their friendship, have shifted; for the first time ever, they find themselves keeping secrets from each other. When a tragedy spends the camp into tailspin, the young women must confront the precipice they stand on: the edge that defines childhood and the moment you really start to grow up.
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The Shark Club

By Ann Kidd Taylor, Out June 6

On a gorgeous summer beach day in Florida, two things happen to Maeve Donnelly that will forever impact her life. The first is that she gets kissed by the boy of her dreams. The second is that she is bitten by a blacktip shark. Eighteen years later, Maeve has made her name for herself as a marine biologist specializing in the minds of misunderstood sharks. But when she returns to the seaside town of her youth, she gets more than she bargained for in the romance department. So what comes first: Her love life — or her career? And should she rekindle an old romance, or kick up a new one with a colleague who has a secret swimming below the surface?
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

By Taylor Jenkins Reid, Out June 13

When aging Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the story of her glamorous, scandalous life, she picks unknown, down-on-her-luck magazine reporter Monique Grant to take on the challenge of writing her biography. The only question is: Why? Monique's career is in a state of standstill; her husband has flown the coop — and it's not like her star isn't exactly on the rise. But the more Monique finds out about Evelyn, the more it becomes clear that their lives are eerily, unpredictably connected. Jenkins Reid's book is a look back at the Golden Age of Hollywood with more than a dash of suspense thriller; mysterious, artfully told, and impossible to put down.
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Small Hours

By Jennifer Kitses, out June 13

What does a relationship — and the secrets contained within it — look like, as it spills out over the course of a day? In this suspenseful, beautifully written debut, we get an hour-by-hour look at a marriage that's trying to outrun the past. But the clock is ticking, and they're running out of time.
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Hunger: A Memoir Of (My) Body

By Roxane Gay, Out June 13

“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.”

Gay — a master writer who has made an indelible mark across literary, fiction, essay, comics and cultural criticism — has outdone herself once again with this intimate, vulnerable memoir about her relationship with food, physicality, and the kinds of yearnings that never feel fulfilled.
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Our Little Racket

By Angelica Baker, Out June 20

When an investment bank shutters, its CEO suddenly becomes a pariah in his own cloistered community — and the five women in his life must scramble to readjust to this jarring new normal. His teenage daughter, Madison, wants to know the truth about what her dad did — or may not have done; while her mother, her nanny, her best friend, and a family friend begin to question their own relationship to power, privilege, and the man who made it all possible.

A probing social novel about contemporary culture, family, wealth, and the line between ignorance and complicity: Our Little Racket is a captivating read that you must throw in your beach bag, posthaste.
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The End Of Men

By Karen Rinaldi, Out June 20

Isabel, Anna, Beth, and Maggie are the epitome of modern, independent women. Their version of "happily ever after" definitely isn't something you'd find in a Disney movie; it's simple, something to seek out on your own terms — and it's also the beating heart of this hilarious novel.

From lusting after a former lover (even while you're in a perfectly happy marriage!) to starting a pregnancy lingerie company, the lively stories in this book made us laugh out loud — and also reconsider the social pressures women face in order to be thought of as "successful" across all areas of their lives. Read it once, read it again, and gift a copy to your best girlfriend so you can giggle about it together.
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Aftercare Instructions

By Bonnie Pipkin, Out June 27

At 17, Genesis doesn't jibe with her small New Jersey town; her only refuge is her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter. But when he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to get an abortion, her whole world is turned upside down — and Genesis has to redefine her identity, all on her own. Told through the arc of a young love story that builds toward betrayal, this sharp, complex narrative is a coming-of-age novel that will feel especially resonant for women in the lens of 2017.
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