What to Read in May

By Fiction Advocate

By Fiction Advocate

Boys of Alabama

Genevieve Hudson

$26.95 $24.79

โ€œIn this bewitching debut novel, a sensitive teen, newly arrived in Alabama, falls in love, questions his faith, and navigates a strange power. While his German parents donโ€™t know what to make of a South pining for the past, shy Max thrives in the thick heat. Taken in by the football team, he learns how to catch a spiraling ball, how to point a gun, and how to hide his innermost secrets. [โ€ฆ] Boys of Alabama becomes a nuanced portrait of masculinity, religion, immigration, and the adolescent pressures that require total conformity.โ€

Telephone

Percival Everett

$16.00 $14.72

โ€œZach Wells is a perpetually dissatisfied geologist-slash-paleobiologist. [โ€ฆ] After a field trip to the desert yields nothing more than a colleague with a tenure problem and a student with an unwelcome crush on him, Wells returns home to find his world crumbling. His daughter has lost her edge at chess, she has developed mysterious eye problems, and her memory has lost its grasp. Powerless in the face of his daughterโ€™s slow deterioration, he finds a mysterious note asking for help tucked into the pocket of a jacket heโ€™s ordered off eBay. Desperate for someone to save, he sets off to New Mexico in secret on a quixotic rescue mission.โ€