With all the books pouring into the Kirkus office, I sometimes notice funny trends in titles. Not just books with “girl” on the cover—including two coming out in June called simply The Girls (one by Emma Cline and one by Lisa Jewell). What’s with all these novels touting days of the week? And even more coincidentally, they all earned starred reviews:
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift: “In England of 1924, a maid who knows her affair with an estate owner’s son must end moves through that last day with sly humor and sensual detail….Swift has fun with language, with class conventions, and with narrative expectations in a novel where nothing is as simple or obvious as it seems at first.”
Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday by Christine Reilly: “This whimsical, bittersweet debut novel recalls the work of filmmaker Wes Anderson, both in subject (a complicated, tightknit family full of smart, worried people) and in style (full of quirky, impossible-to-ignore formal choices).”
Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss: “Prentiss’ sweeping debut follows three intertwining lives through the swirling energy, burning excitement, and crushing disappointment of New York City’s rapidly shifting art world at the dawn of the 1980s….As affecting as it is absorbing. A thrilling debut.”
Thursday’s Children by Nicci French: “Psychotherapist Frieda Klein’s fourth case is a lot more personal than she’d like, in all the worst ways. Though they were never friends back at Braxton High School, Madeleine Capel knows all about Frieda’s celebrity, and she wants her to have a chat with her 15-year-old, Becky, find out why she’s suddenly so withdrawn, and straighten her out….You’ll ache for Frieda as she tears open old wounds and cheer when she finally shows signs of healing from her lacerations.”
Laurie Muchnick is the fiction editor.