"Telegraph Avenue" by Michael Chabon (Harper, $27.99) Two longtime friends Archy and Nat are hanging on to Brokeland Records, a vinyl dream on the edge of Berkley and Oakland. When an ex-NFL quarterback announces his plans to build his latest megastore nearby, they find themselves in a battle for their professional existence. In addition, their wives, partners in a midwife practice, find themselves also in a battle, one that will test the limits of their friendship. In an intimate epic, "Telegraph Avenue" is at turns generous, imaginative, funny, moving, and thrilling. It is Chabon at his best.
"The People of Forever Are Not Afraid" by Shani Boianjiu (Hogarth, $24) Yael, Avishag, and Lea all grew up together in a dusty Israeli village, coming of age in boredom and innocence. Their lives are irrevocably changed when they are conscripted into the Israeli army, influencing the women they become and the friendship they struggle to sustain. With a remarkable voice, Boianjiu creates a heightened reality that combines the absurdities and complexities inherent in everyday life in Israel.
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