Melmoth: a novel / Sarah Perry
Helen, an English translator working in Prague, disregards an obscure local monster legend before a friend’s disappearance reveals that Helen is being watched.
The Lake on Fire / Rosellen Brown
Fleeing antisemitism in Russia, Chaya and her brilliant brother Asher escape a failing farm in Wisconsin for Chicago, only to discover that the Gilded Age is as empty a facade as the beautiful Columbian Exposition attracting thousands to Lake Michigan’s shore. Chaya’s becomes a deeply conflicted love story and Asher, haunted by his loyalty to the Fair’s abandoned workers, is responsible for an astonishing terrorist act. The abandoned Fair burns to the ground as the city goes on as usual.
Orchid and the Wasp: a novel / Caoilinn Hughes
An iron-willed young woman comes of age while traveling through London, Dublin and New York to secure her dysfunctional family’s future after the departure of her career-oriented father.
Tiffany Blues: a novel / M.J. Rose
A candidate at Tiffany’s Jazz Age artist colony navigates her attraction to her host’s grandson and competes for a gallery spot before an unknown rival exposes her traumatic past.
A Ladder to the Sky: a novel / John Boyne
Enter the disturbing world of high stakes publishing and meet an author so twisted and unscrupulous you will beg for justice. For readers who like an unlikeable character and sardonic tone.
House of Gold / Natasha Solomons
An epic family saga about a headstrong Austrian heiress who will be forced to choose between the family she’s made and the family that made her at the outbreak of World War I.
French Exit: a tragedy of manners / Patrick deWitt
Bankrupted by her infamous litigator husband’s tabloid death, a scandal-fearing widow flees New York for Paris, where her deadbeat son and she navigate near-comic self-destructive choices.
The Witch Elm / Tana French
Toby leads a charmed life with an idyllic childhood, a good family, a loving girlfriend, and promising prospects. But a vicious attack changes everything. Atmospheric, twisty, and perfect for readers who like Gillian Flynn or Kate Atkinson.
How are you Going to Save Yourself / J.M. Holmes
Four friends come of age in a Rhode Island postindustrial enclave and struggle to liberate themselves from the limitations imposed on African Americans while navigating the dynamics of sex, drugs, class and family.
Bridge of Clay / Markus Zusak.
Upon their father’s return, the five Dunbar boys, who have raised themselves since their mother’s death, begin to learn family secrets, including that of fourth brother Clay, who will build a bridge for complex reasons, including his own redemption.
A River of Stars: a novel / Vanessa Hua
A Chinese woman makes her way to America with her unborn daughter, determined to make a life for them both. For readers who enjoy modern immigration stories like Behold the Dreamers and Little Fires Everywhere.
The Clockmaker’s Daughter: a novel / Kate Morton
The story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadows across generations, set in England from the 1860’s until the present day.