The Great Believers / Rebecca Makkai
A novel set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris follows the director of a Chicago art gallery and a woman looking for her estranged daughter in Paris who both struggle to come to terms with the ways AIDS has affected their lives.
The Dependents: a novel / Katharine Dion
Feeling adrift after his wife of nearly 50 years passes away, Gene seeks to repair his relationship with his daughter and reflects on the loyalties, betrayals and secrets that shaped the family’s ties to another couple.
Tango Lessons: a memoir / Meghan Flaherty
Traces the author’s decision to overcome trauma-related intimacy issues by taking dance lessons in New York’s vibrant tango underground, where she learned unexpected lessons in strength, balance and love.
Tell the Machine Goodnight: a novel / Katie Williams
A woman whose job it is to help people find happiness finds a challenge in her own son, who seems to get the most joy out of being unhappy.
Convenience Store Woman / Sayaka Murata
A Japanese woman who has been working at a convenience store for eighteen years finds friendship with an alienated, cynical, and bitter young man who becomes her coworker.
Salt Houses / Hala Alyan
Foreseeing blessings and troubles in the lives of her daughter and grandchildren, Salma endures hardships stemming from the Six-Day War of 1967 in Palestine before rebuilding in Kuwait, before the family is scattered by Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Call Me American memoir / Abdi Nor Iftin with Max Alexander
Now a proud resident of Maine, on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin’s dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why western democracies still beckon to those looking to make a better life.
How to Walk Away / Katherine Center
When an accident on what was supposed to be the happiest day of her life lands her in the hospital with a very uncertain future, Margaret struggles to come to terms with family secrets, heartbreak and starting over before discovering love in an unexpected place.
Circe : a novel / Madeline Miller
Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
Tin Man / Sarah Winman
A heartbreaking celebration of love in all its forms gradually reveals a fallout between two longtime friends and Oxford students over the course of a decade marked by the marriage of one and the disappearance of the other.
The Madonna of the Mountains / by Elise Valmorbida
An epic, inspiring novel about one woman’s survival in the hardscrabble Italian countryside and her determination to protect her family throughout the Second World War—by any means possible.