Books within books
In historical fiction and memoir, these new books mirror other great literary works.
A Burnable Book (William Morrow) by Bruce Holsinger is a medieval scholar's first novel, a mystery set in London in 1385 and narrated by poet John Gower — whose friends include a certain Geoffrey Chaucer.
Hyde (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Daniel Levine is a postmodern whodunit that reimagines Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the monster's point of view.
My Life in Middlemarch (Crown) by Rebecca Mead is an engaging literary memoir about Mead's relationship with George Eliot's masterpiece, a novel she first read at 17 and has re-read every five years since.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor