Days of Distraction

01 June 2020 | By Alexandra Chang | Filed in: literature.

A wry, tender portrait of a young woman finally free to decide her own path, but unsure if she knows herself well enough to choose wisely from a captivating new literary voiceThe plan is to leave As for how, when, to where, and even why she doesn t know yet So begins a journey for the twenty four

The Nickel Boys

01 June 2020 | By Colson Whitehead | Filed in: literature.

Winner of the 2020 Pulizer Prize for Fiction n nAs the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart He is as good as anyone Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and n

Redhead by the Side of the Road

01 June 2020 | By Anne Tyler | Filed in: literature.

From the beloved and best selling Anne Tyler, a sparkling new novel about misperception, second chances, and the sometimes elusive power of human connection n nMicah Mortimer is a creature of habit A self employed tech expert, superintendent of his Balti apartment building, cautious to a fault

Allie and Bea

01 June 2020 | By Catherine Ryan Hyde | Filed in: literature.

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer With only two thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat on a mission to reclaim what s rightfully hers, even i

Sea Wife

01 June 2020 | By Amity Gaige | Filed in: literature.

From the highly acclaimed author of Schroder, a smart, sophisticated page literary page turner about a young family who escape suburbia for a yearlong sailing trip that upends all of their lives n n nJuliet is failing to juggle motherhood and her stalled out dissertation on confessional poetry when he

Hamnet

01 June 2020 | By Maggie O\'Farrell | Filed in: literature.

Drawing on Maggie O Farrell s long term fascination with the little known story behind Shakespeare s most enigmatic play, HAMNET is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child n nWarwickshire in the 1580s Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unus

Afterlife

01 June 2020 | By Julia Alvarez | Filed in: literature.

The first adult novel in almost fifteen years by the internationally bestselling author of In the Time of the Butterflies and How the Garc a Girls Lost Their Accents n nAntonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her She has just retired from t

Deacon King Kong

01 June 2020 | By James McBride | Filed in: literature.

In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a.38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project s drug dealer at point blank range n nIn Deacon King Kong, McBride br

Anything Is Possible

01 June 2020 | By Elizabeth Strout | Filed in: literature.

Short story collection Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others n nHere are two sisters one trades self respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spir

Sing, Unburied, Sing

01 June 2020 | By Jesmyn Ward | Filed in: literature.

A searing and profound Southern odyssey by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.In Jesmyn Ward s first novel since her National Book Award winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty first century America Drawing on Morrison and Faul

Can You Feel This?

01 June 2020 | By Julie Orringer | Filed in: literature.

In the chaos of a maternity ward, memories of tragedy and grief come flooding back for an anxious mother to be as she struggles to balance her child s needs with her own healing n nRushed into an emergency cesarean section, a woman finds herself in the same hospital where her suicidal mother died Sh

After You Left

01 June 2020 | By Carol Mason | Filed in: literature.

You want to know what the worst thing is It s not the embarrassment, or the looks on people s faces when I tell them what happened It isn t the pain of him not being there loneliness is manageable The worst thing is not knowing why n nWhen Justin walks out on Alice on their honeymoon, with no expl

The Friend

01 June 2020 | By Sigrid Nunez | Filed in: literature.

A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog n nWhen a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suf

Trace Elements (Comissario Guido Brunetti #29)

01 June 2020 | By Donna Leon | Filed in: literature.

When Dottoressa Donato calls the Questura to report that a dying patient at the hospice Fatebenefratelli wants to speak to the police, Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, waste no time in responding n n They killed him It was bad money I told him no, Benedetta Toso gasp

Leaving Blythe River

01 June 2020 | By Catherine Ryan Hyde | Filed in: literature.

n New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with an unforgettable story of courage nSeventeen year old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he s barely speaking to