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1 - Trust Exercise: A Novel

Susan Choi · Henry Holt and Co.

"Brilliant and challenging . . . An uncanny evocation of the not-so-distant past."
-- Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Fletcher

Pulitzer finalist Susan Choi's multipart, narrative-upending novel in which what happens in high school...

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2 - The Water Dancer

Ta-Nehisi Coates · One World

OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK * From the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.

"This potent book about America's most disgraceful sin establishes...
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3 - The Innocents: A Novel

Michael Crummey · Doubleday

From prizewinning author Michael Crummey comes a spellbinding story of survival in which a brother and sister confront the limits of human endurance and their own capacity for loyalty and forgiveness.

A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern...
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4 - Dominicana: A Novel

Angie Cruz · Flatiron Books

"Gorgeous writing, gorgeous story." -- Sandra Cisneros

"An essential read for our times." -- Cristina Garcia

Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when...

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5 - Everything Inside: Stories

Edwidge Danticat · Knopf

From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of Brother, I'm Dying, a collection of vividly imagined stories about community, family, and love.

Rich with hard-won wisdom and humanity, set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean...
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6 - Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel

Bernardine Evaristo · Grove Press

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE"A must-read about modern Britain and womanhood . . . An impressive, fierce novel about the lives of black British families, their struggles, pains, laughter, longings and loves . . . Her style is passionate, razor-sharp, brimming with energy and humor. There...
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7 - Sabrina & Corina: Stories

Kali Fajardo-Anstine · One World

Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West take center stage in this haunting debut story collection - a powerful meditation on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine's magnetic story collection breathes...
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8 - The Topeka School: A Novel

Ben Lerner · Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Named one of the most anticipated fall books by:
The New York Times Book Review, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Vogue, Vulture, The Observer, Kirkus, Lit Hub, The Millions, The Week, Oprah Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, Nylon, Pacific Standard, Publishers...

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9 - Lost Children Archive: A novel

Valeria Luiselli · Knopf

From the two-time NBCC Finalist, a fiercely imaginative novel about a family's summer road trip across America--a journey that, with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity, probes the nature of justice and equality in America today.

A mother and father set out with...
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10 - Lanny: A Novel

Max Porter · Graywolf Press

An entrancing new novel by the author of the prizewinning Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

There's a village an hour from London. It's no different from many others today: one pub, one church, redbrick cottages, some public housing, and a few larger houses dotted about....

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11 - Normal People: A Novel

Sally Rooney · Hogarth


A wondrous and wise coming-of-age love story from the celebrated author of Conversations with Friends

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He's popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football...
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12 - On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong · Penguin Press

Poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter...

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13 - The Nickel Boys: A Novel

Colson Whitehead · Doubleday


In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys...
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