What do you recommend?

“Alexis M. Smith’s novel Marrow Island, out in June, concerns a mysterious colony that believes in ‘environmental remediation.’ Engrossing and atmospheric, a thorny meditation on environmental responsibility with a big haunted heart. The second is Philip F. Deaver’s masterful linked collection, Forty Martyrs, which explores the interconnected lives of the citizens of small-town Tuscola, Illinois. These stories are remarkable, devastating and deeply humane.”

Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me, now out in paperback

Van den Berg reads with Shara McCallum at 7 p.m. Thursday at University of Miami, Wesley Foundation Building, CAS Gallery, 1210 Stanford Dr. in Coral Gables