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You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden / stories by Denis Johnson
A posthumous story collection by the National Book Award-winning author of Jesus’ Son contemplates subjects ranging from old age and mortality to the unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe manifest, depicting haunted characters who would atone for the past, remember departed loved ones or come to terms with lifelong obsessions.
1947: Where Now Begins / Elisabeth Asbrink
The year 1947 marks a turning point in the twentieth century. Peace with Germany becomes a tool to fortify the West against the threats of the Cold War. The CIA is created, Israel is about to be born, Simone de Beauvoir experiences the love of her life, an ill George Orwell is writing his last book, and Christian Dior creates the hyper-feminine New Look as women are forced out of jobs and back into the home.
Asymmetry / Lisa Halliday
This novel explores the imbalances that spark and sustain dramatic human relations, tracing the overlapping stories of a young American editor’s relationship with a famous older writer, an unexpected New York romance during the early years of the Iraq War and an Iraqi-American man who is detained by immigration officers in Heathrow.
I am, I am, I am: seventeen brushes with death / Maggie O’Farrell
Presents a memoir told entirely in seventeen near-death experiences stemming from a dangerous childhood illness, accidents, an encounter with a disturbed person, and the author’s daily efforts to protect her daughter from the vulnerabilities of a high-risk condition.
Call Me Zebra / Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
From an award-winning young author, a novel following a feisty heroine’s idiosyncratic quest to reclaim her past by mining the wisdom of her literary icons–even as she navigates the murkier mysteries of love.
Only Child / Rhiannon Navin
Surviving a horrific school shooting, a six-year-old boy retreats into the world of books and art while making sobering observations about his mother’s determination to prosecute the shooter’s parents and the wider community’s efforts to make sense of the tragedy.
Blood Sisters: a novel / Jane Corry
Years after a child of their acquaintance dies on a sunny school morning, Kitty languishes in an institution with no memory of the accident that put her there, while artisan Alison works as an art teacher in a prison where a series of threatening notes and an assault on a prisoner reveals the workings of a vengeful killer.
As Bright as Heaven / Susan Meissner
Beautifully written, heartbreaking story of four women in Philadelphia in 1918 during the Spanish Flu.
Recommend to anyone who loves historical fiction.
Heather, the Totality: a novel / Matthew Weiner
The explosive debut novel – about family, power and privilege – from the creator of the award-winning Mad Men. Mark and Karen Breakstone have constructed the idyllic life of wealth and status they always wanted, made complete by their beautiful and extraordinary daughter Heather. But they are still not quite at the top. When the new owners of the penthouse above them begin construction, an unstable stranger penetrates the security of their comfortable lives and threatens to destroy everything they’ve created.