Three new books in bookstores this week

Posted Sunday, Jul. 14, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:

•  Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett (Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99) — The author, who describes herself as “an aging, bitter, unpleasant woman living in Escondido, Calif. . . .,” has written a new novel about an aging novelist living in Escondido, Calif. Amy is prickly and disgruntled. She hasn’t written anything in years. When she falls and bumps her head on a backyard birdbath, Amy becomes an accidental celebrity, thanks to an unfiltered interview she can’t even remember. A follow-up to The Writing Class, the novel skewers the world of publishing and pretentious authors. And there’s a basset hound, too.

•  Freud’s Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $25.95) — The writing partners ( Literacy and Longing in L.A., A Version of the Truth) turn to 19th-century Vienna for their historically based novel. The inspiration is the suspected love triangle between Sigmund Freud, his wife, Martha, and her sister, Minna. When she loses her job as a lady’s companion, Minna moves in with the Freuds to help her overwhelmed sister care for six children. First comes the attraction to Freud’s beautiful mind, then the obsession with her sister’s husband, then her struggle with guilt.

•  The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman (Henry Holt and Co., $25) — The author’s debut novel gets inside the head of a 30-something self-absorbed modern man and how he navigates the messy entanglements of relationships. Nate Piven, a brilliant literary star in Brooklyn, is a tortured artist, a self-proclaimed “nice guy” and, by they way, totally clueless. He tends to overthink everything, including why his love life never works out — although he has his pick of fabulous women. It’s a wild ride inside Nate’s head, but, love him or (mostly) hate him, it turns out he’s just not that into you.

— Celeste Williams

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