Ilka Gordon

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Watching You

Recommended for the thriller/suspense collection of public libraries. ["Jewell weaves a taut multiperspective, domestic/community suspense story that is sure to please fans of Ruth Ware and A.J. Finn": LJ 11/15/18 starred review of the Atria hc.]
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The Reckoning

Highly recommended for fiction collections and especially for Grisham and William Faulkner fans, as well as those who enjoy historical fiction and stories set in the South.
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The Mandela Plot

Highly recommended for all public libraries. ["At times, this story reads like a YA adventure novel, with many brawls, harrowing escapes, outrageous plot twists, and some graphic violence. Martin's voice, replete with South African and Yiddish slang (a helpful glossary is included), rings authentic": LJ 4/15/18 review of the Houghton Harcourt hc.]—Ilka Gordon, Beachwood, OH
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Gateway to the Moon

Recommended for patrons who enjoy historical fiction and coming-of-age stories. ["The tales of the auto-da-fé and other graphic descriptions of torture from the Inquisition are gut-wrenching. However, it is the story of the Torres family and its successful maintenance of ancient traditions and, most importantly, Miguel's coming of age that will have readers cheering": LJ 12/17 review of the Nan A. Talese: Doubleday hc.]
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The Last Time I Lied

Recommended for all mystery and thriller fans. ["Reminiscent of Picnic at Hanging Rock, this tension-building sophomore release…offers dizzying twists and makes for a fun summer read": LJ Xpress Reviews 7/6/18 review of the Dutton hc.]
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Eternal Life

This powerful book is highly recommended for the fantasy and Judaic collections of public libraries. ["Both heady time travel and a thoughtful meditation on the meaning of life; highly recommended": LJ 11/15/17 starred review of the Norton hc.]
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Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here

Recommended for public libraries, particularly in the digital format so listeners can increase the speed.
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A Horse Walks into a Bar

Even though Barrett's interpretation is a little difficult to understand, this is highly recommended for the foreign and Jewish-themed collections of all libraries. ["Grossman brings real humanity to this heart-wrenching and well-written novel": LJ 9/15/16 starred review of the Knopf hc.]
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Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life

Highly recommended for biography and history collections of all libraries.

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