Required Reading: New Books for 2016

Five anticipated titles to add to the night-table stack. 

Freshdracula
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My Name Is Lucy Barton

In this quietly affecting and deeply human novel, a writer, recovering in hospital after an operation, is visited by the mother she hasn’t seen in years. Turning hometown gossip into a balm for wounds that won’t heal, Pulitzer-winner Elizabeth Strout weaves an intimate tale of estrangement, love, and the redemptive power of storytelling ($26, penguinrandomhouse.com).