06/22/2011 08:51 am ET Updated Aug 22, 2011

Washington Post Critics: Best Books For Summer Reading

AN ATLAS OF IMPOSSIBLE LONGING, by Anuradha Roy (Free Press; paperback, $14). A single act of pity rattles down generations to break a caste's rules, test a family's mettle and throw together two unlikely friends. -- Marie Arana

DOC, by Mary Doria Russell (Random House, $26).

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