Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Discontented, snobbish, cultured 19th-century bride goes west. Happiness doesn’t ensue.
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
Strains credibility. Nantucket Islanders without honor or decency behave stupidly.
The Divorce Party by Laura Dave
Starts breezy, familiar, then smacks you with surprises and depth.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Take three women. Add batshit-crazy, blackout-drunk and homocidal. Stir well.
The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
Incandescent, astonishing, emotionally-profound portrait of “contradictory multitudes” inside two women.
This is Where I leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Humor and pathos, horny and pathetic. Bitter, sex-obsessed family dysfunction.