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Every Note Played

A disappointment for Genova's fans as her promising premise falls short in its execution.

Over the Plain Houses

Readers who enjoy a seamless blend of drama and historical fiction with an Appalachian flavor such as Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker will delight in discovering the work of Franks, a promising new writer.

Twain's End

Cullen expertly portrays both Samuel Clemens, the real man behind the myth who displayed a fierce temper at home with his wife and three daughters, and Mark Twain, his charming, gregarious alter ego, the author everyone loved. Fans of historical fiction and biographies will enjoy Cullen's book, which is similar to her previous novel Mrs. Poe in terms of style. Readers interested in Twain's life and work may find this a valuable addition.

Inside the O'Briens

This is a gut-wrenching and memorable read, most similar to Genova's Still Alice in its detailed portrayal of the disintegration and rebuilding of a family in the face of a horrible illness. [See Editors' Spring Picks, LJ 2/15/15, p. 31.]

The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell

Covering the same period as Laird Hunt's Neverhome and Kathy and Becky Hepinstall's Sisters of Shiloh, this novel is similar to both titles in terms of exploring a woman's journey of self-discovery in a time when women had little freedom or rights. This is an important book that will take its rightful place in the annals of quality historical fiction.

Sisters of Shiloh

Similar to Laird Hunt's Neverhome in content and theme, this novel differs in its use of the omniscient perspective (as opposed to the first-person narration in Hunt's book), as well as in its love story that acts as a perfect foil to the gritty realities of war. Fans of Civil War-era historical fiction will find this exciting page-turner thoroughly engaging.

This Is the Life

Told with equal parts humor and sadness, this book is especially poignant for anyone who has ever had a complicated relationship with a sibling. Reminiscent of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, this is a thoughtful reflection of what is truly important in life.


Historical fiction fans will not be disappointed by this wonderful story of Ash's struggles with her identity and of her personal ties to the war. An amazing book. [See Prepub Alert, 3/31/14.]

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

Fans of mystery and suspense novels will enjoy this clever melding of TV shows Twin Peaks and The Killing as well as a liberal dusting of themes from The Exorcist. Already an international best seller and a winner of three French literary prizes, this is an astonishing and clever treatise on the nature of evil.

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