By Annie Dillard
Set mostly in Provincetown,
By Jennifer Belle
Insightful and undeniably twisted, this novel centers on a Woody Allen-like director and a young writer obsessed with him (Riverhead, $24.95).
On Chesil Beach
By Ian McEwan
A deceptively slim novel, about a marriage's rocky start (Doubleday, $22).
Selected from books recently reviewed in the Globe.