Your Shelf Life: 6 Books to Read in April

From a premier craftsman of the short story, Rick Bass’s collection For a Little While includes new and old stories marked with eloquent prose.

Reporter Joanna Connors explores her past in I Will Find You: A Reporter Investigates the Life of the Man Who Raped Her. It’s a powerful lens into trauma, race, and class.

Charles Bock’s novel Alice & Oliver depicts a changing marriage when Alice gets leukemia and Oliver does his best to keep their lives in motion.

Jane Austen fans should thrill at Curtis Sittenfeld’s (Prep, American Wife) modern take on Pride and Prejudice. Eligible resurrects the endless mating dance, this time between New York–based magazine writer Liz and pompous neurosurgeon Mr. Darcy.

Ear to the Ground, by David Ulin and Paul Kolsby, originally serialized in the LA Reader, is the story of a seismologist who tries to prove he can predict earthquakes.

The newest novel from The Lifeboat author Charlotte Rogan, Now and Again, follows a whistleblower with proof of nefarious shenanigans at the munitions plant where she works.

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