Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire by Paul Sorrentino (Belknap Press, 520 pages, June 5)
If you haven't read anything by the nihilistic, depressing, yet cuttingly hilarious Stephen Crane, you've been missing out on some great literature. Here's what I'll do: I'll link here to the Random Recommendation post I wrote about why Crane's writing is brilliant and you'll go out and read his novels and stories and then this new biography. I mean, not many people can pack a "life of fire" into just 29 years.
I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum (Touchstone, 352 pages, June 10)
A "reverse love story," So Much Fun follows one artist's attempt to win back his wife following the desertion of his mistress. Through art, Richard Hadden attempts to rebuild his life, beginning a new piece that he hopes will remind his family of the man he used to be. And the setting? Paris and London. Oh, yes.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Mulholland Books, 736 pages, June 19)
I had high hopes for the first novel in this series, The Cuckoo's Calling, but I was somewhat disappointed. The story was a bit dull, flat...you know, kind of meh. But I'm going to give it another try. This time, Detective Cormoran Strike is investigating the murder of a novelist. I know! Totally checking this one out.