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In this engaging novel, Straub (The Vacationers) explores the ups and downs of a somewhat disaffected 21st-century family with warmth, sympathy, and humor. [See Prepub Alert, 4/11/19.]



In this somber and beautifully written debut novel, British writer Kemp skillfully draws readers in with her expert storytelling. She knows just when and how much to reveal about her intriguing characters’ secrets and troubled lives.

The Secrets We Kept

For a debut novelist, Prescott writes with astonishing assurance, enthralling readers with tales of secret agents and intrigue, love, and betrayal. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]



Ella has an awkward encounter with a drunken Carlow after she finally parts from Lonnie. He seems desperate and sad, a good description of all four characters, who can’t find their way to adulthood in this morose novel.


More News Tomorrow

In a well-told tale that is partly a murder mystery, veteran novelist Shreve (You Are the Love of My Life) knows how to build suspense. But mostly this is a family drama about long-hidden secrets and resilience in the face of one sorrow after another.


Cape May

This erotic debut novel will draw in readers and stay with them. The author's perceptive exploration of innocence and experience, corruption and betrayal, makes for compelling reading. [See Prepub Alert, 10/15/18.]

The Study of Animal Languages

Offering sympathetic characters and wry, rueful humor, debut novelist Stern proves to be an astute observer of both university politics and human behavior in an engaging debut that certainly raises thought-provoking questions while seldom becoming pedantic or ponderous. [See Prepub Alert, 8/16/18.]

Vacuum in the Dark

This sad, startling, and disturbing novel is best appreciated by readers who like edgy stories with dark humor. [See Prepub Alert, 8/6/18.]

The Girls at 17 Swann Street

While young women make up the target readership for this gripping story, it will give anyone a clearer understanding of what it's like to look at life (and food) from the viewpoint of someone suffering from this terrible disease. [See Prepub Alert, 8/27/17.]

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