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What’s new: An oral history of ‘Angels in America,’ novels by Paul Goldberg and Kim Fu

"The World Only Spins Forward," by Isaac Butler

"The World Only Spins Forward," by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. Credit: Bloomsbury

THE WORLD ONLY SPINS FORWARD: The Ascent of “Angels in America,” by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. With “Angels” returning to Broadway, it’s a good time for this oral history of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the AIDS epidemic and American history. Don’t take our word on the play’s significance; Meryl Streep calls it “the ‘Hamilton’ of its time.” (Bloomsbury, $40)

THE CHÂTEAU, by Paul Goldberg. In this outrageous comic romp, a Washington Post reporter who has lost his job heads to Florida to investigate the apparent death of a plastic surgeon — and finds himself drawn into the antics (and crooked politics) of Château Sedan Neuve, the condo where his dad, one Melsor Yakovlevich Katzenelenbogen, plots to take over the board. (Picador, $26)

THE LOST GIRLS OF CAMP FOREVERMORE, by Kim Fu. Forevermore is a sleepaway summer camp in the Pacific Northwest, and the Lost Girls are Nita, Andee, Isabel, Dina and Siobhan — five campers who in 1994 set out on a kayaking expedition that ends badly. Fu toggles between the young girls’ complex relationships and the women they become in the years to come. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $23)

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