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Adam & Yves

Cone’s second novel (after The Counterfeiter) was written to celebrate SCOTUS’s 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision. Rich with sparkling courtship banter and tender moments of uneasy self-reflection, it is a joyous, quirky, charming, love story of two men stumbling through personal and societal roadblocks on their way to each other’s heart. An absolute delight.

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The Last Language

DuBois’s fourth novel (after The Spectators) is a deeply unsettling, haunting study of a brilliant scholar whose fall from grace and into prison demands that readers approach this tale with a deliberate analysis of Angela’s deep humanity and deeper flaws. Complicated, compelling, and wondrously constructed.


National Book Award winner McDermott frames this exquisite novel (a recent Barnes & Noble book club pick) against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Social class, awakening feminist consciousness, the bladed side of “good works,” and the power of one seemingly small event that changes lives forever are perfectly revealed in this correspondence between two women, connected over six decades by their shared experience.

Pete and Alice in Maine

Following the widely acclaimed Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future, Maine resident Shetterly has written a masterly debut novel about the first year of the plague and its corrosive effects on one family in the United States struggling to survive intact. Readers will be hard-pressed to leave this story behind.

The Three of Us

Debut novelist Agbaje-Williams brilliantly captures the toxic dynamics of an emotional train wreck that inevitably comes from the imbalance of a fragile marriage threatened by the presence of a conniving third party.

Thirst for Salt

With the eye of an artist and the heart of a poet, Lucas brings to life two enchanting, magnificently flawed characters as tied to the wild beauty of Australia as they are to each other.

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I Have Some Questions for You

Pulitzer Prize finalist Makkai (The Great Believers) knows whereof she writes; she lives on the campus of the boarding school she attended as a teenager, where her husband now teaches and her child is a student. Her lifelong, three-pronged immersion in that culture has resulted in a thought-provoking and delicious tale of life and death and justice that very well may have gone sideways.

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