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The Books Briefing: Ann Patchett

The Books Briefing: Ann Patchett

[ad_1] This is an edition of the revamped Books Briefing, our editors’ weekly guide to the best in books. Sign up for it here. The last book I read may be the perfect summer novel, one that almost seems engineered to hit every pleasure center in the brain: Ingredients include a feel-good romance, a bucolic setting, a narrator slowly spilling a story full of bittersweet nostalgia under a beating sun, afternoon swims in a lake, and lots of ripening fruit. I’m thinking of Ann Patchett’s newest novel, Tom Lake. The book was one of my contributions to our summer reading list, which we updated this week with some new titles that are out this month. First, here are four new stories about books from The Atlantic: Patchett is perhaps best known for her 2001 novel, Bel Canto, in which hostage-takers and their hostages somehow find common ground. She always seems to want her characters to achieve transcendence, giving them exits from the otherwise messy, dark emotions of life. And Tom Lake is no different. I …