By Anton DiSclafani (Fic DiSc)
Exiled to an equestrian boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school's strict environment.
By Maeve Binchy (Fic Binc)
Binchy returns with a cast of characters readers will never forget when they all spend a winter week together on holiday at Stone House, a restful inn by the sea in Ireland.
By Sophie Kinsella (Fic Kins)
When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, Lottie jumps at the chance. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben's rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember... or one to forget?
By Louise Erdrich (Fic Erdr)
The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel and a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, comedy, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today.
By Christina Baker Kline (Fic Klin)
Orphan Train weaves together the stories of two women, one of whom is a widow from Maine who as a child was among the orphans transported from East Coast cities to Midwestern farmlands. The other is a teen girl who grew up in foster care and is assigned to help the widow clean out her attic for community service. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.
By Robin Sloan (Fic Sloa)
A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.
By Neil Gaiman (Fic Gaim)
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home and is drawn to the farm at the end of the road where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.
By Beatriz Williams (Fic Will)
Returning to the idyllic Rhode Island oceanfront community for the summer of 1938, New York socialite Lily Dane is devastated by the appearance of her newly married ex-fiancé and her former best friend.
By Tara Conklin (Fic Conk)
Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned pre-war artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.
By Carolyn Hart (M Hart)
Reckless, gorgeous, and young, Shell Hurst creates havoc in island society. As fireworks blaze, she walks into the pines and is never seen again. Despite those who want to leave Shell's fate forever unknown, Annie and Max Darling follow a twisting path of deception and danger to save an appealing—and very bright— teenager from a murder charge.
By Sarah Jio (Fic Jio)
In the summer of 1942, 21-year-old Anne Calloway sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiancé, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. Under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world—until they witness a gruesome crime, Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war. The Bungalow chronicles Anne's determination to discover the truth about the twin losses—of life, and of love—that have haunted her for seventy years.