A prehistoric giant squid

Amazon link.1950s Calcutta, a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a small town in south-east Ireland in the 1950s, Shanghai in 1937, and Alabama in 1931 – our Contemporary Fiction Recent Picks this month range across many different times and places. You’ll find sprawling sagas, broken dreams, personal tragedies, a guilty conscience, one journey of a lifetime, crumbling masonry, a garden choked with weeds, and a journalist in search of justice and a Pulitzer who finds himself in the sights of a murderer (Michael Connelly’s The Scarecrow). And did we mention the prehistoric giant squid? Check out our Contemporary Fiction Recent Picks.