The best books of the week

Leading Men 
Christopher Castellani (fiction, Viking)
Tennessee Williams and his lover Frank Merlo meet a young Swedish actress at a party in Portofino, July 1953. It’s an encounter, a friendship and a summer that will change their lives.

Talk to Me 
John Kenney (fiction, GP Putnam’s Sons)
Beloved anchor Ted Grayson has a public fall from grace when his obscenity-laced tirade is caught on camera. Now he has no job, a bad reputation, and his family members aren’t exactly supportive either: His daughter, who works at a website, asks if she can interview him.

Annelies
David R. Gillham (fiction, Viking)
What if Anne Frank had survived the Holocaust, reuniting with her father in postwar Amsterdam, trying to cobble together a new life? A beautifully imagined book on resilience and grief.

Looker
Laura Sims (fiction, Scribner)
A childless woman becomes fixated on her neighbor, a famous actress with her face in magazines, a perfect brownstone, an adoring husband and children. And then, a chance interaction with the actress at a block party takes a dark turn.

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