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1 - The Prophets

Robert Jones · G.P. Putnam's Sons

A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existenceIsaiah was Samuel's and Samuel was Isaiah's. That was the way it was since the beginning,...
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2 - What Could Be Saved: A Novel

Liese O'Halloran Schwarz

is a delicious hybrid of mystery, drama, and elegance: rich with detail, lush in language, and capable of keeping you on the edge of your seat." - Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of LightWashington, DC, 2019: Laura Preston is a reclusive artist at odds...
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3 - Outlawed

Anna North

The Crucible meets True Grit in this riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West.In the year of our Lord 1894, I became an outlaw. The day of her wedding, 17 year old Ada's life looks good; she loves...
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4 - The House on Vesper Sands

Paraic O'Donnell

"The House on Vesper Sands is a delicious book. Somehow it manages to do a hundred marvelous things at once: Funny, eerie, tender, haunting and unsettling, smokily atmospheric and fantastically enjoyable, it's a nineteenth-century supernatural procedural mystery that is also an impassioned...
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5 - The Push: A Novel

Ashley Audrain · Pamela Dorman Books

A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family--and a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for--and everything she fearedBlythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet...
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6 - Better Luck Next Time: A Novel

Julia Claiborne Johnson · Custom House

"Do you want to read something funny? Let's say, a novel set at a divorce ranch in Reno in the 1930s? A book with memorably eccentric characters, sparkling dialogue, a satisfying plot twist, and some romance and sex? A feel-good literary comedy/western? Here it is, then, the book...
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7 - The Fortunate Ones

Ed Tarkington

When Charlie Boykin was young, he'd thought his life with his single mother was really just fine. But when his mother's connections get Charlie into boarding school and give them access to the upper echelons of Nashville society, Charlie falls under the spell of all that a life...
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8 - The Center of Everything: A Novel

Jamie Harrison · Counterpoint

In this compelling family drama set against the dangerous beauty of the Yellowstone, Polly is still trying to get her life back on track after a recent accident, not always trusting reality. For Polly, the town of Livingston, Montana, is a land charmed by natural beauty and a close network...
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9 - The Wife Upstairs: A Novel

Rachel Hawkins

Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates--a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled...
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10 - The Inland Sea: A Novel

Madeleine Watts

Drifting after her final year in college, a young writer begins working part-time as an emergency dispatch operator in Sydney. Over the course of an eight-hour shift, she is dropped into hundreds of crises, hearing only pieces of each. Callers report car accidents and violent spouses and homes...
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11 - The Liar's Dictionary: A Novel

Eley Williams · Doubleday

n. the phenomenon of false entries within dictionaries and works of reference. Often used as a safeguard against copyright infringement.Peter Winceworth, Victorian lexicographer, is toiling away at the letter S for Swansby's multivolume Encyclopaedic Dictionary. His disaffection compels...
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12 - You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism

Amber Ruffin

Now a writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers and host of The Amber Ruffin Show, Amber Ruffin lives in New York, where she is no one's First Black Friend and everyone is, as she puts it, "stark raving normal." But Amber's sister Lacey? She's still living...
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13 - The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Marie Benedict · Sourcebooks Landmark

In December 1926, Agatha Christie goes missing. Investigators find her empty car on the edge of a deep, gloomy pond, the only clues some tire tracks nearby and a fur coat left in the car—strange for a frigid night. Her husband and daughter have no knowledge of her whereabouts, and England...
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14 - Hades, Argentina: A Novel

Daniel Loedel · Riverhead Books

In 1976, Tomás Orilla is a medical student in Buenos Aires, where he has moved in hopes of reuniting with Isabel, a childhood crush. But the reckless passion that has long drawn him is leading Isabel ever deeper into the ranks of the insurgency fighting an increasingly oppressive regime....
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15 - A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life

George Saunders · Random House

For the last twenty years, George Saunders has been teaching a class on the Russian short story to his MFA students at Syracuse University. In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, he shares a version of that class with us, offering some of what he and his students have discovered together over...
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16 - Across the Green Grass Fields

Seanan McGuire · Tor.com

"Welcome to the Hooflands. We're happy to have you, even if you being here means something's coming."Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late.When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to "Be...
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17 - The Children's Blizzard: A Novel

Melanie Benjamin · Delacorte Press

The morning of January 12, 1888, was unusually mild, following a punishing cold spell. It was warm enough for the homesteaders of the Dakota territory to venture out again, and for their children to return to school without their heavy coats--leaving them unprepared when disaster struck....
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18 - Black Buck

Mateo Askaripour

There's nothing like a black salesman on a mission. An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks...
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19 - Our Darkest Night: A Novel of Italy and the Second World War

Jennifer Robson · William Morrow Paperbacks

To survive the Holocaust, a young Jewish woman must pose as a Christian farmer's wife in this unforgettable novel from USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Robson - a story of terror, hope, love, and sacrifice, inspired by true events, that vividly evokes the most perilous days of World...
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20 - A Crooked Tree: A Novel

Una Mannion

A haunting, suspenseful literary debut that combines a classic coming of age story with a portrait of a fractured American family dealing with the fallout of one summer evening gone terribly wrong."The night we left Ellen on the road, we drove up the mountain in silence." It is the early...
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