Three new novels take a whimsical approach.
The Good Luck of Right Now (Harper) by Matthew Quick (The Silver Linings Playbook) is the picaresque story of a man who finds the key to how to grieve for his late mother when he discovers a letter to Richard Gere in her underwear drawer.
A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or, A Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World (Melville House) by Rachel Cantor is set in a future where the planet is ruled by fast-food delivery companies, and one disgruntled worker stands between them and the end of civilization.
The Weirdness (Melville House) by Jeremy P. Bushnell is the tale of an aspiring author in New York who wakes one day to find that Satan has just brewed him a cup of fair-trade coffee — and has a little deal to discuss.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor