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Wroblewski’s talent dances on the page in a searingly gorgeous novel written with piercing, insightful language. Readers of David James Duncan, John Irving, and George Saunders will fall in love. Seriously recommended for all readers whose hearts were first broken by Wilson Rawls’s Where the Red Fern Grows. Don’t be daunted by the length; by the end of this book, readers will wish for even more.

By Any Other Name

Fans of nuanced social commentary, Shakespeare origin stories, and anyone open to giving space will enjoy this highly recommended book. Readers might even begin mentally amending “Shakespearean” to “Bassanian” after reading it.

The Sweet Blue Distance

These 800 pages are gone in a surprising flash. Highly recommended; don’t miss the invaluable author’s note.

Troubled Waters

Weaving together generational trauma, untold stories of the civil rights movement, and an exploration of the impacts of environmental trauma and climate change, Heglar packs a wallop in this lyrical, powerful story of Black women, family love, endurance, and the power of place.


Interesting Facts About Space

This is a sweet love letter to the awkward, the unseen, the cyberbullied, and everyone struggling to understand their place in the world. Austin is certainly finding hers, and fans will flock.

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.

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