The Girl Before/ Delaney, J. P.
Alternates between two time periods. Back “then,” there is Emma, looking for the perfect flat. Her agent suggests One Folgate Street, built by architect Edward Monkford. In present day, Jane, a single thirty-something also ends up on Folgate Street. Both women learn the sinister history of the property and readers won’t know who to trust as Delaney’s debut clutches you by the throat and won’t let you go.
Heat and Light / Jennifer Haigh
Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then the mines closed, and the town wore away. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: it sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas. Told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, this novel depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources.
The Fortunes / Peter Ho Davies
Explores a century of American history through the lives of Chinese Americans, using the lives of four individuals to depict how an immigrant community survives and ultimately becomes American in the process.
Time Travel: a history / James Gleick
James Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea that becomes part of contemporary culture—from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Jorge Luis Borges to Woody Allen. He investigates the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics. Finally, he delves into a temporal shift that is unsettling our own moment: the instantaneous wired world, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future.
The Girl Before / Rena Olsen
In this powerful psychological suspense debut, when a woman’s life is shattered, she is faced with a devastating question: What if everything she thought was normal and good and true really wasn’t? Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara’s fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents. We see her now, sequestered in an institution, questioned by men and women who call her a different name–Diana–and who accuse her husband of unspeakable crimes.
A Lowcountry Heart: reflections on a writing life / Pat Conroy
A collection of letters, interviews and magazine articles spanning The Prince of Tides author’s long literary career is supplemented by touching pieces from the beloved author’s many friends.
Gilded Cage / Vic James
An American farm girl discovers that she’s an English heiress but claiming her fortune leads to danger and intrigue.
Moonglow: a novel / Michael Chabon
A man bears witness to his grandfather’s deathbed confessions, which reveal his family’s long-buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program.
Faithful / Alice Hoffman
Shelby Richmond loves Chinese food, bookstores, and a cocky, bad-boy type, so maybe her move from Long Island to New York City makes sense. But she’s still a lost soul, circling around others like her, because as a teenager she walked away unscathed from an accident that tragically changed the course of her best friend’s life. She’s since been shaped by survivor’s guilt, but perhaps somewhere, somehow, someone is watching over her.