What to Read

Late spring's fiction covers a vast terrain, with novels set in lovely London, the English countryside, corrupt New York and Midwestern Ohio.

Salon's critics
May 6, 2005 6:47PM (UTC)

Spring has definitely arrived, and summer's on the way. It might be a little early to start packing your beach bag, but it's the perfect time to grab a book and spend one of May's sunnier afternoons in the park or on your patio, soaking up a great story along with the rays. Or, if you're stuck with a weekend filled with spring rain, what could be better than staying in bed with a good book?

We recommended a handful of novels for your early spring reading, and here are a few more to carry you into the warmer months. Laura Miller suggests a novel that visits our favorite sleuth on Baker Street; Andrew O'Hehir raves about a strange tale of a secretive boarding school in the English countryside; Hillary Frey speaks up for a tangled New York story involving a confused fashion model and a middle-aged doctor; and Rebecca Traister puts in a vote for an ambitious first novel about a big, crazy Midwestern family.


It's a mix, but we like it that way. There's something for everyone in this spring bouquet.

Our first pick: A lovely work of literary fiction offers a look at a beloved detective in his later years, as he struggles to hold on to his very identity

Salon's critics

MORE FROM Salon's critics

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Books Fiction What To Read


Read Now, Pay Later - no upfront
registration for 1-Hour Access

Click Here
7-Day Access and Monthly
Subscriptions also available
No tracking or personal data collection
beyond name and email address


Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •