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.

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.

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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