The Silence of the Girls: a novel / Pat Barker
The Iliad, as experienced by the captured women living in the Greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War.
The House of Broken Angels: a novel / Luis Alberto Urrea
Across one bittersweet weekend in their San Diego neighborhood, revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of family patriarch Miguel “Big Angel” De La Cruz and his mother, and recounting the many tales that have passed into family lore.
The Splendor Before the Dark: a novel of the Emperor Nero / Margaret George
When a fire engulfs ancient Rome, Nero Augustus is targeted with suspicion about his complicity, forcing him to navigate a web of false friends and spies to save the empire, in a follow-up to The Confessions of a Young Nero.
I Didn’t Talk / Beatriz Bracher
A professor packing up for retirement in the countryside of Brazil is besieged by memories of being arrested and tortured alongside his brother-in-law, who was eventually killed, in 1970 during the country’s totalitarian rule.
Conversations with Friends: [a novel] / Sally Rooney
Devoting herself to an intellectual life and the self-possessed lover with whom she performs spoken-word poetry readings, a college student is drawn into the lives of a sophisticated journalist and her husband before the increasingly intimate relationship tests the boundaries of her resolve.
Valley Forge / Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
Recounts the Continental Army’s six-month stay at their winter camp in Valley Forge, where George Washington took his starving and depleted troops and transformed them into a professional army.
A Terrible Country: a novel / Keith Gessen
After Andrei Kaplan returns to Moscow to care for his ailing grandmother, he becomes entangled with a group of leftists and he is forced to come to terms with the Russian society he was born into and the American one he has enjoyed since he was a kid.
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock: a history in three volumes / written by Imogen Hermes Gowar
When one of his trading vessels returns to eighteenth-century London with the remarkable body of a mermaid, Jonah gains entry into high society and falls in love with a highly accomplished courtesan, with unexpected consequences.
The Shortest Way Home: a novel / Miriam Parker
Despite having a fast track to a successful professional and romantic life in Manhattan, Hannah leaves it all to take a job helping to save a failing Sonoma winery.
Virgil Wander / Leif Enger
Virgil Wander survives a car crash with some speech and memory problems, and encounters a kite-flying stranger searching for information about his long-lost son. Enger explores and intricately layers the feelings and stories of an entire town full of people, each trying to survive their own life-changing experiences.
So Much Life Left Over / Louis de Bernières
A closely-knit group of British men and women struggle to cope with the world, and their own traumas, in the aftermath of World War I.
Brother / David Chariandy
One sweltering summer in the Park, outside of Toronto, Michael and Francis are coming of age and learning about the careless prejudices and low expectations that confront them as young men of immigrant ancestry. While their Trinidadian single mother works double shifts so her boys might fulfill the elusive promise of their adopted home, Francis helps the days pass by inventing games and challenges. Propelled by the beats and styles of hip-hop, Francis dreams of a future in music. Michael’s dreams are of Aisha, the smartest girl in their high school whose own eyes are firmly set on a life elsewhere. But, a tragic shooting violently irrevocably thwarts the bright hopes of all three.