April’s Best Books

First and maybe last love, a juicy thriller and a look at the tremendous impact of trees.

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Comeback Love by Peter Golden (Washington Square Press, $15) Ah, the rapture of first love! In this extraordinary debut, Golden unfolds the shimmering story of Gordon and Glenna, two joined-at-the-hip lovers, who meet and meld in the swinging sixties, only to be torn apart by the Vietnam War and Gordon’s draft lottery number. But Gordon never forgets Glenna, and years later, he tracks her down, fighting against the secrets of the past to struggle to rekindle their bond. A tumultuously wonderful novel about lost love, passion and regret.

American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation by Eric Rutkow (Scribner, $29) They shade us, give us fruit and oxygen, and offer stunning beauty, but trees are also responsible for our industrial advances, military might, and even for the rise of the suburbs. In this lucid and fascinating book, Rutkow reveals how our forests have shaped our country and helped us evolve. Set against a bristling drama of famous faces, including Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt and more, Rutkow’s book will make you see and experience our greenery with brand new eyes and a greater appreciation.

The Reconstructionist by Nick Arvin (Harper Perennial, $14) Ellis is a forensic reconstructionist, recreating the details of fatal car accidents, even as he’s haunted by the collision that killed his brother. But when he falls for his mentor’s wife, and his mentor vanishes, Ellis is determined to find him. A blistering novel about secrets, science and the ways our lives can’t help but collide.

The Possibility of You by Pamela Redmond Satran (Gallery Books, $15) Satran catapults from the present day back to 1976 and then 1916 to tell the story of three very different women, all grappling with what it means to have a child, to make a choice, and to impact the lives that follow yours. Mesmerizingly good.

Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and April is second favorite month next to October. She can be reached at


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