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In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende New York Times and worldwide bestselling author Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.  An instant New York Times bestseller, In the Midst of Winter is about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that offers “a timely message about immigration and the meaning of home” (People). During the biggest Brooklyn …

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Halibut on the Moon by David Vann

Halibut on the Moon by David Vann [ARC] In his riveting new novel, internationally bestselling New York Times Notable author and Prix Medicis étranger-winner David Vann reimagines his father’s final days. Halibut on the Moon traces the roots of mental illness in one man’s life as he attempts to anchor himself to the places and people that once shaped his sense of identity. Middle-aged and deeply depressed, Jim arrives in California from Alaska and surrenders himself to the care …

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I Knew You’d Be Lovely by Alethea Black

I Knew You’d Be Lovely by Alethea Black Alethea Black’s deeply moving and wholly original debut features a coterie of memorable characters who have reached emotional crossroads in their lives. Brimming with humor, irony, and insights about the unpredictable nature of life, the unbearable beauty of fate, and the power that one moment, or one decision, can have to transform us, I Knew You’d Be Lovely delivers that rare thing—stories with both an edge and a heart. …

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The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker

The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker For fans of All the Light We Cannot See, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and The Nightingale comes an emotionally gripping, beautifully written historical novel about extraordinary hope, redemption, and one man’s search for light during the darkest times of World War II. Germany, 1942. Franciscan friar Anton Starzmann is stripped of his place in the world when his school is seized by the Nazis. He relocates to a small German hamlet …

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Whisper Me This: A Novel by Kerry Anne King

Whisper Me This: A Novel by Kerry Anne King Single mother Maisey Addington has always fallen short of her own mother’s expectations—never married, a bit adrift, wasting her high IQ on dead-end jobs. The only thing Maisey’s sure she’s gotten right is her relationship with her twelve-year-old daughter, Elle…until a phone call blows apart the precarious balance of their lives. Maisey’s mother is in a coma, and her aging father faces charges of abuse and …

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What Matters in Mayhew by Cassie Dandridge Selleck (The Beanie Bradsher Series #1)

What Matters in Mayhew by Cassie Dandridge Selleck (The Beanie Bradsher Series #1) Every town has at least one beloved, if misunderstood, eccentric and Beanie Bradsher belongs to Mayhew Junction. Some – LouWanda Crump, for example – would call Beanie a spectacle, but Beanie just marches (and dresses) to the beat of a different drum. Not much has changed over the years in this town. On any given morning, you’ll find the same people at …

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Green Girl: A Novel (P.S.) by Kate Zambreno

Green Girl: A Novel (P.S.) by Kate Zambreno With the fierce emotional and intellectual power of such classics as Jean Rhys’s Good Morning, Midnight, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and Clarice Lispector’s The Hour of the Star, Kate Zambreno’s novel Green Girl is a provocative, sharply etched portrait of a young woman navigating the spectrum between anomie and epiphany. First published in 2011 in a small press edition, Green Girl was named one of the best books of the year by critics …

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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890’s, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way. They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of …

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Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li An exuberant and wise multigenerational debut novel about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant. The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, is not only a beloved go-to setting for hunger pangs and celebrations; it is its own world, inhabited by waiters and kitchen staff who have been fighting, loving, and aging within its walls for decades. When disaster strikes, this working …

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The Things We Don’t Say: A Novel by Ella Carey

The Things We Don’t Say: A Novel by Ella Carey A beguiling painting holds the secrets of a woman’s past and calls into question everything she thought she knew about the man she loved… Nearly sixty years ago, renowned London artist Patrick Adams painted his most famous work: a portrait of his beloved Emma Temple, a fellow bohemian with whom he shared his life. Years after Patrick’s death, ninety-year-old Emma still has the painting hanging …

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Bloom by Shaida Escoffery

Bloom by Shaida Escoffery Autumn is tired of waiting for her life to pan out the way she’d like. When a woman gives her a seed to plant hoping to teach her a lesson about patience and faith, Autumn is resistant. But little does she know that planting those seeds can blossom her faith in Christ and change those around her as well.   FREE Download Bloom by Shaida Escoffery EPUB [Filescdn]

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Lies That Bind Us by Andrew Hart

Lies That Bind Us by Andrew Hart From a prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author comes a chilling novel of deception under the sun… Jan needs this. She’s flying to Crete to reunite with friends she met there five years ago and relive an idyllic vacation. Basking in the warmth of the sun, the azure sea, and the aura of antiquity, she can once again pretend—for a little while—that she belongs. Her ex-boyfriend Marcus will be …

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The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal

The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal Mona is a dollmaker. She crafts beautiful, handmade wooden dolls in her workshop in a sleepy seaside town. Every doll is special. Every doll has a name. And every doll has a hidden meaning, from a past Mona has never accepted. Each new doll takes Mona back to a different time entirely – back to Birmingham, in 1972. Back to the thrill of being a young Irish …

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Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa The Flamethrowers meets Let the Great World Spin in this debut novel set amid the heated conflict of Seattle’s 1999 WTO protests. On a rainy, cold day in November, young Victor–a boyish, scrappy world traveler who’s run away from home–sets out to sell marijuana to the 50,000 anti-globalization protestors gathered in the streets. It quickly becomes clear that the throng determined to …

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Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, …

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Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Tin Man by Sarah Winman This is almost a love story. Ellis and Michael are twelve when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more. But then we fast forward a decade or so, to find …

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The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us. Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September. Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in …

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If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino

If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino Italo Calvino’s masterpiece combines a love story and a detective story into an exhilarating allegory of reading, in which the reader of the book becomes the book’s central character. Based on a witty analogy between the reader’s desire to finish the story and the lover’s desire to consummate his or her passion, If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller is the tale of two bemused …

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Human Acts by Han Kang

Human Acts by Han Kang

Human Acts by Han Kang In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed. The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho’s best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory …

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The Lost Daughter of India by Sharon Maas

The Lost Daughter of India by Sharon Maas

The Lost Daughter of India by Sharon Maas One woman. One impossible choice. Her daughter or her happiness … When Caroline meets Kamal the attraction is instant. He’s enchanting, charismatic and she can’t wait to set up a new life with him in India. Both their families are against the union but Caroline is convinced they’ll come round, especially when she gives birth to a beautiful daughter, Asha. Asha is an adorable child but Caroline, …

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Once Upon a Happy Ending: An Anthology of Reimagined Fairy Tales by Casey Lane

Once Upon a Happy Ending: An Anthology of Reimagined Fairy Tales by Casey Lane

Once Upon a Happy Ending: An Anthology of Reimagined Fairy Tales by Casey Lane (and Others) 15 fairy tale classics reborn. 15 endings you’ll have to read to believe! What if Beauty was the beast? What if Little Red Riding Hood was a sacrifice? The stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty have been told countless times over, but never quite like this… Once Upon a Happy Ending features your favorite tales retold by 16 …

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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of …

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