Are We There Yet? by Kathleen West
A mother who has used social media to pass judgment on others faces her own reckoning when her children are accused of poor school performance and bullying, causing her to become targeted online in friendship-polarizing ways.
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The Arsonists' City by Hala Alyan
The scattered members of a Middle-Eastern clan unite at an ancestral home in Beirut to change a new patriarch's decision to sell the property, igniting revelations about their family's past in Lebanon, Syria and the United States.
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The Art of Losing by Alice Zeniter. Trans by Frank Wynne.
The Algerian-French daughter of a man who claims he does not remember the past discovers her heritage when her grandmother's return to their native home reveals their family's secret past and the inescapable legacies of colonialism.
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Brood by Jackie Polzin
An unnamed narrator recounts her year-long attempt to overcome a loss while taking pains to safeguard four chickens from challenges ranging from predators and an interfering mother to a tornado and a brutal Minnesota winter. A first novel.
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Destined for You by Tracie Peterson
A smallpox survivor who would protect her family and a railroad manager whose reunion with a brother is shattered by an act of vengeance find comfort and support in each other. By the award-winning author of the Willamette Brides series. Ladies of the Lake No. 1
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Foregone by Russell Banks
A septuagenarian leftist documentary filmmaker gives a last interview from his mythologized life to a former star student to whom he discloses his experiences as a draft dodger who fled to a new life in Montreal.
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The Fourth Child by Jessica Winter
Overcome by spiritual restlessness as her children gain independence, a devout Catholic adopts a child from Eastern Europe whose complicated needs estrange the woman from her biological children. By the author of Break in Case of Emergency.
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Good Eggs by Rebecca Hardiman
Three generations of a boisterous Irish family are upended by a matriarch's shoplifting activities and an upbeat American home aide whose initial support catapults the family into the worst crisis they have ever faced. A first novel.
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Half Life by Jillian Cantor
A reimagining of the life of Marie Curie is told through two parallel timelines, including one that reflects her real-world achievements and another that explores how the world might be different had she made other choices.
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Let's Get Back to the Party by Zak Salih
Reconnecting with a childhood friend in the weeks after the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, an art history teacher observes the contrast between his own closeted youth and the open relationships of a younger generation.
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Life After Death by Sister Souljah
A sequel to the best-selling The Coldest Winter Ever continues the gritty experiences of a returned Winter Santiaga. By the author of No Disrespect and A Deeper Love Inside. Coldest Winter Ever No. 2
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The Life of the Mind by Christine Smallwood
A disaffected adjunct professor finds her life and sense of self upended by a miscarriage that she hides from her colleagues and therapists, a loss that forces her to confront the disappointments of the body and the limitations of intimacy.
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The Lowering Days by Gregory Brown
Growing up in a riverside region of 1980s Maine, three brothers from the Penobscot Nation find their childhood innocence shattered by a nearby paper mill fire that divides their community. A first novel.
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Lurkers by Sandi Tan
The director of the Shirkers documentary presents the story of a wary Los Angeles community of immigrants, lovers and predators who find their daily realities upended by a suicide, a drama teacher with boundary issues and a lonely gay novelist.
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A Million Reasons Why by Jessica Strawser
Suffering from irreversible kidney failure, worrying for her young son and mourning other devastating losses, Caroline considers reaching out to Sela, a vulnerable potential donor who is unaware that she is Caroline's half-sister.
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My Friend Natalia by Laura Lindstedt
One of Finland’s most dynamic novelists bursts onto the American literary scene with an erotic story of an ambitious therapist’s sessions with an unforgettable patient.
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My Heart by Semezdin Mehmedinovic. Trans by Celia Hawkesworth. Intro by Aleksanda Celia.
An intimate work of autobiographical fiction by the author of Sarajevo Blues traces the experiences of a writer who in the wake of a life-risking heart attack reevaluates his past as a member of a Bosnian war refugee family.
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My Old Home: A Novel of Exile by Orville Schell
A former Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism dean and Emmy Award-winning PBS producer presents the story of a rare Chinese student at 1950 San Francisco's Conservatory of Music who upon returning home is confronted by an erratic new government.
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The Northern Reach by W. S. Winslow
A grieving mother keeps vigil by the coast of her Maine community while her neighbors endure the hardships of dirt farming, bootlegging and tourism throughout the 20th century. A first novel.
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Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
The daughter of a Cuban immigrant battles addiction and the fallout of her decision to take in the child of an ICE detainee, while her mother wrestles with displacement trauma and complicated family ties. A first novel.
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The Performance by Claire Thomas
An unbending professor on the cusp of retirement, a philanthropist with a traumatic past and a theater usher worried for her girlfriend become unexpected companions during a play that is interrupted by a suddenly out of control wildfire.
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Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff
Fleeing into the woods believing that they have accidentally murdered an abusive parent, two young boys, unaware that they have become the focus of a desperate search, navigate dangerous natural threats in their effort to survive.
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Red Island House by Andrea Lee
The National Book Award-nominated author of Lost Hearts in Italy presents a tale of love and identity that follows two decades in a marriage between an African-American professor and her wealthy Italian husband in tropical Madagascar.
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Silence Is a Sense by Layla AlAmmar
Rendered mute by trauma in war-torn Syria, an isolated young woman witnesses the small dramas of her neighbors in England while writing pseudonymous stories about her refugee experiences, before a local hate crime challenges her voicelessness.
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Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi
Adopted from Afghanistan 40 years earlier by an American diplomat in the aftermath of a coup and assassination, Aryana has a chance encounter with the soldier who saved her life and killed her family.
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The Sweet Taste of Muscadines by Pamela Terry
Returning to her Southern hometown in the wake of a tragedy, Lila and her brother uncover details surrounding their domineering mother's suspicious death, who had been in the care of their third sibling. A first novel.
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Three O'Clock in the Morning by Gianrico Carofiglio
Visiting Marseilles to seek medical care, an estranged father and his epileptic son endure two caffeine-imbued nights of bonding in the culturally rich city while encountering a diverse array of remarkable locals.
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Vera by Carol Edgarian
Narrowly surviving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, a bordello proprietor's daughter bonds with an unlikely new family, from a Chinese clan and an orphan caregiver to tenor Enrico Caruso and tabloid celebrity Alma Spreckels.
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The Vietri Project by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye
A search for an elusive customer leads a young bookseller to research the complicated history of her family in Rome and how it was shaped by mental illness, a communist murder trial and devastating wartime losses.
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What Sammy Knew by David Laskin
A turbulent coming-of-age novel about a young man who loses his innocence and finds his soul in the ferment of New York City in 1970.
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What's Mine and Yours by Naima Coster
Integrated into a predominantly white high school, an anxious young Black student and a half-Latina whose mother would have her pass as white join a bridge-building school play that shapes the trajectory of their adult lives.
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