Wise Men by Stuart Nadler
The 1 percent: Nadler's brilliant debut novel magnifies the difference between what it's like to be male, white, and rich or not. Plot notes: In 1952, Hilly Wise's wealthy lawyer father moves his family to a beach house in Cape Cod for the summer. But when Hilly befriends the house's caretaker, family secrets are exposed, which Hilly carries with him for the rest of his life. Read him now: The author was recently selected as one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" to watch, meaning he'll be on the radar for years to come.