New in Paperback: ‘Oh William!’ and ‘The Great Mistake’

New in Paperback: ‘Oh William!’ and ‘The Great Mistake’

OH WILLIAM!, by Elizabeth Strout. (Random House, 256 pp., $18.) Lucy Barton, the narrator of Strout’s 2016 novel, “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” is widowed by her second husband and has become a famous author when her first husband, William, invites her on a trip to investigate a family secret. According to our reviewer, Jennifer Egan, Strout’s ninth novel is a testament to how making a family “creates a fresh structure of myth and meaning atop the primal one.”

MONKEY BOY, by Francisco Goldman. (Grove, 336 pp., $17.) In this autobiographical novel, a middle-aged writer who has recently fled Mexico after publishing an exposé of a political murder visits his Guatemalan mother in a Boston nursing home, where he grapples with his racial identity, the memories of an abusive father and the legacies of migration and war.

EDGE CASE, by YZ Chin. (Ecco, 320 pp., $16.99.) Edwina, a Malaysian immigrant and a lowly analyst at a tech start-up in New York, desperately searches the city for her husband, who, while mourning the death of his father, has suddenly packed up a suitcase and left. Our reviewer, Lauren Oyler, called Chin’s debut a “realistic portrayal of a woman in crisis” and a “subtly provocative depiction of the tech industry, and this country, as tilting ever more off-kilter.”

THE GREAT MISTAKE, by Jonathan Lee. (Vintage, 304 pp., $17.) Lee’s novel reimagines the life of Andrew Haswell Green, an integral force behind the creation of Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art who was murdered in 1903. Our historical fiction columnist, Alida Becker, called it a “finely drawn narrative” that “hints at the vagaries that can seal any man’s fate.”

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