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The Breakaway

Weiner’s deeply moving novel will make readers think, weep, and open their hearts and minds to strangers in unexpected ways. Her writing about biking is a bonus for readers in the know.

A Grandmother Begins the Story

Highly recommended, especially for fans of stories of generational relations and the connections between women. The tender, tough, funny, and heartbreaking voices of the characters will seep into readers’ souls.

Little Monsters

Family drama novels abound, but Brodeur’s searing insight into character, motivations, and relationships will leave readers gasping in recognition and appreciation. Don’t miss this masterpiece.


This title is excellent for book clubs. Highly accessible, with a variety of engaging topics to discuss (racism, Catholicism, disability, bullying, death), it will resonate with fans of psychological thrillers and dark academia.

One Summer in Savannah

While emotionally ambitious in its choice of topic, this debut takes on too many challenges and fails to fully execute.


Appiah’s storytelling is heartrending, with a sharp insight that few have dared attempt.

The Society of Shame

Roper’s second novel (after Eden Lake) is simultaneously a sendup of internet fame and a love letter to earnest activists. The comic tale’s mother-daughter journey keeps it grounded and refreshing.

Meredith, Alone

In a world contending with the mental health fallout from COVID, Meredith is immediately relatable. Executed with care, humor, and grace, this novel pokes at the bubble of solitude to show each of us that suffering has a sense of community and with that, the prospect of optimism.

The White Hare

A refreshing and comforting read for fans of Alice Hoffman and V. E. Schwab. Gorgeous eco-supernatural elements make hauntings attractive.

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