People can whine and moan. Books can’t. The books on this week’s list do such complete and memorable jobs of evoking the places they’re about—Siberia, Spain, Hawaii, among others—that you might as well just cancel your next vacation and pick up these stories instead.
"Hemmings pulls off a remarkable feat in making the Kings' sense of loss all the more wrenching for being directed at a woman who was neither a good wife nor a good mother."
Hemming's first novel expands on a short story, "The Minor Wars," that appeared in her debut story collection (House of Thieves, 2005) about a self-consciously privileged Hawaiian family in crisis. Read full book review >