Sophomore Triumphs | The Reader’s Shelf, October 15, 2016

Second novels can be tricky. Will the buzz surrounding a first splash be repeated, or will that sophomore effort turn out to be a one-hit wonder? Here are six titles that shine as much as the debuts that preceded them.

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee | LJ Review

A completely engrossing work that should appeal to the widest range of readers, especially those with a taste for historical fiction.

The Art of Reading | Wyatt’s World

Novels centered on the experiences and fortunes of the creative class (as well as the scandalous, notorious, and demanding) make for great reading. Here are five forthcoming titles featuring at their core artists of all kinds