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By Melissa Broder
Bottoming out after a dramatic breakup, a habitual student accepts her sisters invitation to dog-sit on Venice Beach for the summer, where she meets an eerily attractive swimmer one night whose Sirenic identity transforms her understanding of what real love looks like. Think The Shape of Water.
Days Without End
By Sebastian Barry
Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Barry’s latest is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona, “Days Without End” is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.
The Queen of the Night
By Alexander Chee
The Sweeping and engrossing saga of Lillet Berne. Chee’s characters were rich and unpredictable, but none were more so than the titular character, whom we see transform from circus performer to courtesan to mute servant to empress to renowned opera superstar. And while they say the book is better than the movie, keep an eye out for a film adaptation.
The Midnight Cool
By Lydia Peelle
Tennessee, 1916 – the cusp of U.S. involvement in World War I. Two grifters – horse traders and con-men eager for an opportunity to improve their luck – take a job in a town outside Nashville buying mules for the British army. As the war in Europe rages and the U.S. joins the Allies, the pressure on Billy and Charlie increases, while their lifelong bond is weakened, possibly severing for good.
By Samantha Schweblin
A first English translation by an award-winning Spanish author follows the nightmarish experiences of a dying woman and a boy beside her hospital bed, who explore the dynamics of broken souls, toxic relationships, and the power and desperation of family. Eerie beyond belief – this Man Booker Prize finalist is a haunting campfire story for grown-ups.
By Susan Rieger
A riveting portrait of a family, told with compassion, insight, and wit, “The Heirs” wrestles with the tangled nature of inheritance and legacy for one unforgettable, patrician New York family. Moving seamlessly through a constellation of rich, arresting voices, “The Heirs” is Edith Wharton for the 21st century.