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American Spirits

Banks’s stories are about fragile, everyday people whom, despite their resilience and strength, life still manages to break. An imaginatively constructed novel from a late master storyteller.

Where There Was Fire

Arias’s debut, overflowing with ancestral ghosts and portentous omens, should resonate with readers seeking a poignant, multi-generational family saga.

Flores and Miss Paula

Rivero’s emotional plot explores a fragile mother-daughter relationship influenced by generational and cultural effects. An exciting second outing after Affairs of the Falcons.

The General and Julia

Clinch’s compelling study conveys the complicated legacy of Grant, who had no pretense for pageantry, deeply loved his wife and children, and treated everyone with decent human kindness. A remarkable novel, utterly gripping.

The Librarianist

The Booker Prize–shortlisted deWitt creates an endearing character in Bob Comet, who, at the age of 72, and after a lifetime of low expectations, finds life’s answers and the friends he deeply needs. This novel begs to be read.

The Memory of Animals

A riveting, don’t-miss account of what some may see as the reality to come; long-time Fuller readers will relish this completely engrossing story, which questions what we value most.

Waiting for Wovoka: Envoys of Good Cheer and Liberty

Of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, the award-winning Vizenor (Native Provenance) here fictionalizes his great-uncles as he constructs a powerful portrait of the Indigenous condition through innovative setting and characters.

The End of Drum-Time

Even as the distinctive time period and locale set apart this complex saga of birth, death, love, and broken hearts, Pylväinen deftly shows how people can become mired in poverty and personal entanglements any time, any place.

The Winners

Backman leaves no emotion unturned, sweeping up the reader in riveting family dramas that jump the boundaries of hockey-town rivalries. Another winner.

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