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May 2018 – You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.
Song of a Captive Bird: a novel / Jasmin Darznik
Reimagines the life of rebel poet Forugh Farrokzhad, a passionate young writer in search of freedom and independence from the restrictions imposed on women in mid-twentieth-century Iran.
The End We Start From / Megan Hunter
In an alternate-world modern London submerged below flood waters, a woman who has just given birth to her first child is forced to flee her home with her baby to seek refuge in a variety of locations while the baby thrives against all odds.
A State of Freedom: a novel / Neel Mukherjee
Five characters in very different circumstances–from a domestic cook in Mumbai to a vagrant and his dancing bear–find the meanings of dislocation and the desire to get more out of life.
Improvement: a novel / Joan Silber
A young single mother living with her concerned eccentric aunt in New York makes fateful decisions that have unexpected implications, including her relationship with a Riker’s Island inmate who draws her into a cigarette smuggling scheme.
Little Broken Things: a novel / Nicole Baart
When Quinn Cruz receives a cryptic text message from her older sister, Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in nearly a year, and their relationship consists mostly of infrequent phone calls and the occasional e-mail. But when a haunted-looking Nora shows up just hours later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever. It’s a matter of life and death, of family and freedom, and the lengths a woman will go to protect the ones she loves.
Reservoir 13 / Jon McGregor
A teenage girl has gone missing and everyone is called upon to join the search. The villagers fan out across the English moors as the police set up roadblocks and news reporters descend. Meanwhile, there is still work that must be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. As the seasons unfold and the search for the missing girl goes on, there are those who leave the village and those who are pulled back; those who come together and those who break apart.
Brass: a novel / Xhenet Aliu
A fierce debut novel about mothers and daughters, haves and have-nots, and the stark realities behind the American Dream.
Next Year in Havana / Chanel Cleeton
A freelance writer returns to her grandmother’s homeland to fulfill her last wish to have her ashes scattered in Havana and discovers her family history amidst Cuba’s tropical beauty and dangerous political environment.
Daphne: a novel / Will Boast
Born with a rare (and real) condition in which she suffers degrees of paralysis when faced with intense emotion, Daphne has few close friends and even fewer lovers. Like her mythic namesake, even one touch can freeze her. But when Daphne meets shy, charming Ollie, her well-honed defenses falter, and she’s faced with an impossible choice.