The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
By David Wroblewski
An ambitious first novel, set in rural Wisconsin, that draws on "Hamlet" (Ecco, $25.95).
The Lazarus ProjectBy Aleksandar Hemon
Two narratives 100 years apart trace the disillusion and dislocation of the immigrant experience (Riverhead, $24.95).
The Secret Scripture
By Sebastian Barry
In Ireland past and present, a doctor and patient plumb the depths of their souls (Viking, $24.95).
Selected from books recently reviewed in the Globe.