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The Current / a novel by Tim Johnston

Surviving the accident that killed her friend, a young woman delves into the case of another victim from a decade earlier to identify a killer among her neighbors.

The Burglar: a novel / Thomas Perry

An elite young burglar stumbles upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from a wealthy art dealer and must solve the crime to prevent becoming a next victim.

Her One Mistake / Heidi Perks

A day at the school fair takes a tragic turn for the worse for one mother when her best friend’s child goes missing on her watch, but when the police confront both women in trying to piece together the child’s fate, dark secrets begin to surface.

The Killer Collective / Barry Eisler

When a joint FBI-Seattle Police investigation into an international child pornography ring gets too close to powerful enemies, sex-crimes detective Livia Lone becomes the target of a hit that barely goes awry, and suspects that the FBI itself was behind it.

Looker: a novel / Laura Sims

An unraveling woman, unhappily childless and recently separated, becomes fixated on her neighbor–the beautiful, famous actress. The unnamed narrator cannot help noticing with wry irony that, though she and the actress live just a few doors apart, they are separated by a chasm of professional success and personal fulfillment. When an interaction with the actress at the annual block party takes a disastrous turn, what began as an innocent preoccupation spirals quickly, and lethally, into a frightening and irretrievable madness.

No Exit: a novel / Taylor Adams

A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do? Darby Thorne is a college student stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She’s on the way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have to spend the night in the rest stop with four complete strangers. Then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one of their parked cars. There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, no way out because of the snow, and she does not know which one of the other travelers is the kidnapper.

Her Kind of Case: A Lee Isaacs, Esq. novel / Jeanne Winer

A legal drama that centers on Lee Isaacs, a female defense attorney on the cusp of turning 60, who, out of curiosity, determination, and desire for a big, even impossible, professional challenge, chooses to take on a tough murder case in which a largely uncooperative young man is accused of helping kill a gay gang member.

Open Your Eyes / Paula Daly

Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything’s perfectly fine? Jane Campbell avoids confrontation at all costs. Given the choice, she’ll always let her husband, Leon–a bestselling thriller author–fight their battles. In Jane’s eyes, life is altogether sweeter than any individual bump in the road. But when Leon suffers a brutal attack in the driveway of their home, in front of their children, Jane has to finally face reality. Who would commit such a hateful offense in broad daylight?

An Anonymous Girl / Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Participating in a psychological study under the mysterious Dr. Shields, Jessica endures intense, invasive sessions and oppressive behavioral restrictions before she begins to lose her grasp on reality.

The Silent Patient / Alex Michaelides

Criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber becomes dangerously obsessed with uncovering the truth about what prompted his client, an artist who refuses to speak, to violently murder her husband in a way that triggers mass public speculation.

The Lost Night: a novel / Andrea Bartz

Edie was once the shining star in her 20-something circle in New York’s coolest neighborhood. Like Andy Warhol’s muse, the seductive, beguiling, and mercurial party girl had the social world in her thrall. Every girl wanted to be Edie, every boy wanted her, and she and her clique treated their slice of the city like a playground. When Edie committed suicide at the end of a long, drunken night, no one could quite believe it. Ten years later a chilling chance reunion forces Edie’s best friend to wonder if there was more to her friend’s death.

The Suspect / Fiona Barton

Pursuing the story of two British teens who disappeared during a Bangkok hostel fire, journalist Kate Waters struggles to remain objective when her estranged son is declared a main suspect.

Forget You Know Me / Jessica Strawser

When a video call between friends captures a shocking incident, no one was supposed to see, the secrets it exposes threaten to change their lives forever.

Miracle Creek / Angie Kim

A dramatic murder trial in the aftermath of an experimental medical treatment and a fatal explosion upends a rural Virginia community where personal secrets and private ambitions complicate efforts to uncover what happened.

The Invited / Jennifer McMahon

The story of a husband and wife who don’t simply move into a haunted house, they start building one from scratch, without knowing it, until it’s too late… In 1924, a young mother, Hattie Breckenridge, is hanged from a tree in her yard by the town mob, accused of a crime that was actually committed by her daughter. Nearly a century later, a young married couple, Helen and Nate abandon the comforts of suburbia to begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams on the same forty-four acres of rural land where Hattie once lived. When they discover that this charming property has a dark and violent past.

The Favorite Daughter / Kaira Rouda

The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie. Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane’s oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident and Jane has been grief-stricken ever since. But does someone know more about Mary, and about her last day, than they’ve revealed?

Keep You Close: a novel / Karen Cleveland

She knows her teenage son isn’t perfect. But when the FBI starts investigating the kid, she thought she

knew, will she jeopardize her own career at the Bureau to keep her child safe?

Deception Cove / Owen Laukkanen

Former US Marine Jess Winslow reenters civilian life a new widow, with little more to her name than a falling-down house, a medical discharge for PTSD, and a loyal dog named Lucy. When Jess’s late husband piloted his final “fishing” expedition, he stole and stashed a valuable package from his drug dealer associates. Now the package is gone, and the sheriff’s department has seized Jess’s dearest possession-her dog.

Tell Me Everything: a novel / Cambria Brockman

By Senior Day, on the cusp of graduation, Malin’s secrets — and those of her friends — are revealed. While she scrambles to maintain her artfully curated image, her missteps set in motion a devastating chain of events that ends in a murder. As their fragile relationships hang in the balance and close alliances start shifting, she will test the limits of what she’s capable of to stop the truth from coming out.

Good Girl, Bad Girl: a novel / Michael Robotham

A dangerous young woman with a unique ability to detect lies sues for her emancipation from a secure children’s home, while the psychologist on her case finds himself in a battle of wits for survival.

The Second Sleep / Robert Harris

Arriving in a remote mid-15th-century Exmoor village, a young priest discovers his late predecessor’s possibly fatal obsession with the ancient coins, glass and human bones strewn throughout the region.

The Wolf Wants In: a novel / Laura McHugh

Roger Calhoun and his young daughter Macey have been missing for months. In a town where everyone knows each other’s business, the bitterness of the Calhoun’s divorce and ensuing custody battle was public knowledge, and when the young girl’s skull is identified in the woods, along with the bones of her father nearby, her mother, a notorious addict and an old friend of Sadie’s, becomes a prime suspect.

Lock Every Door: a novel / Riley Sager

Jules takes a job as an apartment sitter at a posh Manhattan building to escape heartbreak and earn some cash, but when a fellow apartment sitter disappears, Jules digs into the building’s past and what she finds sends her racing to unmask a killer.

The Last House Guest: a novel / Megan Miranda

When her longtime best friend is found murdered, Avery Greer combs through her idyllic Maine tourist community to uncover local secrets and clear her name of suspicion.

Those People / Louise Candlish

Could you hate your neighbor enough to plot to kill him?” Lowland Way is the suburban dream. The houses are beautiful, the neighbors get along, and the kids play together on weekends. But when Darren and Jodie move into the house on the corner, they don’t follow the rules. They blast music at all hours, begin an unsightly renovation, and run a used-car business from their yard. It doesn’t take long for an all-out war to start brewing. Then, early one Saturday, a horrific death shocks the street.

Too Close: a novel / Natalie Daniels

A veteran forensic psychiatrist assigned to the case of a wife and mother who committed an unforgiveable crime finds her professional and personal limits tested as she begins to feel sympathy for her.

The Escape Room / Megan Goldin

In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high-flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to get ahead. When the four of them are ordered to participate in a corporate team-building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator, things start to go horribly wrong.

City of Windows / Robert Pobi

City of Windows introduces Lucas Page, a brilliant, reluctant investigator, matching wits with a skilled, invisible killer. To identify and hunt down this ruthless, seemingly unstoppable killer, Page must discover what hidden past connects the victims before he himself loses all that is dear to him.

Lost You: a novel / Haylen Beck

A provocative and unputdownable psychological suspense about two women locked in a desperate fight over a child each believes is rightfully hers.

The Perfect Wife: a novel / JP Delaney

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband.

Impossible Causes / Julie Mayhew

For seven months of the year, the remote island of Lark is fogbound, cut off completely from the mainland. Three strangers arrive before the mists fall: Ben Hailey, a charismatic teacher looking to make his mark, teenager Viola Kendrick, and her mother, both seeking a place to hide from unspeakable tragedy. As the winter fog sets in, the presence of the newcomers looms large in this tight-knit community. They watch as their women fall under the teacher’s spell. And they watch as their daughters draw the mysterious Viola into their circle.

Fishnet / Kirstin Innes

A woman’s search for her missing sister leads her into the world of contemporary sex work. Rona Leonard was only twenty years old when she walked out of her sister Fiona’s flat and disappeared. Six years later–worn down by a tedious job, childcare, and an aching absence in her life–Fiona’s mundane existence is blown apart by the revelation that Rona had been working as a prostitute before she vanished. Driven to discover the truth, Fiona embarks on an obsessive quest to investigate the sex industry that claimed her sister. However, as she is drawn into this complex world, Fiona finds herself seduced by the power it offers women in a society determined to see them only as victims.

The Butterfly Girl: a novel / Rene Denfeld

a riveting novel that ripples with truth, exploring the depths of love and sacrifice in the face of a past that cannot be left dead and buried. A year ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she finds the younger sister who has been missing for years.

Ninth House / Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. What is the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street’s biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

Say You’re Sorry / Karen Rose

FBI Special Agent Gideon Reynolds did not have a conventional upbringing. Raised in a cult in Northern California, his mother smuggled him out when he was thirteen, and he never saw her again. Daisy Dawson lived a sheltered childhood. Her father, a former military man, believed that the woman he loved, and her daughter were being hunted, so he took extreme measures to keep his family safe. But despite his best efforts, Daisy is done being scared. New to Sacramento, she is ready to jump headfirst into life–until she is attacked one night. Gideon is caught unawares by Daisy, who is unlike any victim he has ever met. But the attacker is far from finished and tracking him will threaten to pull Gideon back to the world he fought so hard to leave.

Deep State: a thriller / Chris Hauty

Recently elected President Richard Monroe–populist, controversial, and divisive–is at the center of an increasingly polarized Washington, DC. In the midst of contentious political turf wars, the White House chief of staff is found dead in his house. A tenacious intern discovers a single, ominous clue that suggests he died from something other than natural causes, and that a wide-ranging conspiracy is running beneath the surface of everyday events: powerful government figures are scheming to undermine the rule of law–and democracy itself.

Long Bright River / Liz Moore

A policewoman races to find her missing sister, a homeless addict, amid a vicious killing spree in a Philadelphia neighborhood, in a story that alternates between the investigation and memories of their shared childhood.

The Other People: a novel / C.J. Tudor

Driving home one night, Gabe is stuck behind a rusty old car. He sees a little girl’s face appear in its rear window. She mouths one word: Daddy. It is his five-year-old daughter, Izzy. He never sees her again. Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights traveling up and down the highway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe she’s dead. When the car that he saw escape with his little girl is found abandoned with a body inside, Gabe must confront not just the day Izzy disappeared but the painful events from his past now dredged to the surface.

The Only Child: a novel / Mi-ae Seo

Criminal psychologist Seonkyeong receives an unexpected call one day. Yi Byeongdo, a serial killer whose gruesome murders shook the world, wants to be interviewed. Yi Byeongdo, who has refused to speak to anyone until now, asks specifically for her. Seonkyeong agrees out of curiosity. That same day Hayeong, her husband’s eleven-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, shows up at their door after her grandparents, with whom she lived after her mother passed away, die in a sudden fire. At work and at home, Seonkyeong starts to unravel the pasts of the two new arrivals in her life and begins to see startling similarities.

Strike Me Down: a novel / Mindy Mejia

Nora Trier catches thieves. As a forensic accountant and partner in her downtown Minneapolis firm, she’s unearthed millions in every corner of the world. She prides herself on her independence, the most essential currency of accounting, until her firm is hired by Strike.

No Going Back: a novel / Sheena Kamal

From Strand Critics Award winner Sheena Kamal, comes the third novel featuring the brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts whose vendetta against a triad enforcer escalates when he places a target on her daughter’s back.

The Truants / Kate Weinberg

People disappear when they most want to be seen. Jess Walker has come to a concrete campus under the flat grey skies of East Anglia for one reason: To be taught by the mesmerizing and rebellious Dr Lorna Clay, whose seminars soon transform Jess’s thinking on life, love, and Agatha Christie. Swept up in Lorna’s thrall, Jess falls in with a tightly-knit group of rule-breakers–Alec, a courageous South African journalist with a nihilistic streak; Georgie, a seductive, pill-popping aristocrat; and Nick, a handsome geologist with layers of his own. But when tragedy strikes the group, Jess turns to Lorna. Together, the two seek refuge on a remote Italian island, where Jess tastes the life she’s long dreamed of–and uncovers a shocking secret that will challenge everything she’s learned.

Mr. Nobody: a novel / Catherine Steadman

When a man is found on a British beach, drifting in and out of consciousness, with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately. From the hospital staff who find themselves inexplicably drawn to him, to international medical experts who are baffled by him, to the national press who call him Mr. Nobody, everyone wants answers. Who is this man?

Oppo: a novel / Tom Rosenstiel

A breathless and highly charged political thriller: the story of a senator who is offered the VP slot by both parties’ presidential nominees and then gets ominous threats.

Lost Hills / Lee Goldberg

A video of Deputy Eve Ronin’s off-duty arrest of an abusive movie star goes viral, turning her into a popular hero at a time when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is plagued by scandal. The sheriff, desperate for more positive press, makes Eve the youngest female homicide detective in the department’s history. Eve… and her burned-out, soon-to-retire partner are called to the blood-splattered home of a missing single mother and her two kids. The horrific carnage screams multiple murder—but there are no corpses. Eve has to rely on her instincts and tenacity to find the bodies and capture the vicious killer.

The Other Mrs. / Mary Kubica

Unnerved by her husband’s inheritance of a decrepit coastal property and the presence of a disturbed relative, community newcomer Sadie uncovers harrowing facts about her family’s possible role in a neighbor’s murder.

Eight Perfect Murders: a novel / Peter Swanson

Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack–which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders“–chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, and Ira Levin’s Death Trap. But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookstore in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list.

Pretty as a Picture: a novel / Elizabeth Little

Marissa Dahl, a shy but successful film editor, travels to a small island off the coast of Delaware to work with the legendary–and legendarily demanding–director Tony Rees on a feature film with a familiar logline. Some girl dies. It’s not much to go on, but the specifics do not concern Marissa. Whatever the script is, her job is the same. She will spend her days in the editing room, doing what she does best: turning pictures into stories. But she soon discovers that on this set, nothing is as it’s supposed to be–or as it seems.

The Body Double: a novel / Emily Beyda

A strange man discovers our nameless narrator selling popcorn at a decrepit small-town movie theater and offers her an odd and lucrative position: she will forget her job, her acquaintances, even her name, and move to Los Angeles, where she will become the body double of the famous and troubled celebrity Rosanna Feld. A nervous breakdown has forced Rosanna out of the public eye, and she needs a look-alike to take her place in the tabloid media circus of Hollywood. Overseen by Max, who hired her for the job, our narrator spends her days locked up in a small apartment in the hills watching hidden camera footage of Rosanna, wearing Rosanna’s clothes, eating the food Rosanna likes, practicing her mannerisms, learning to become Rosanna in every way.

The Doll Factory: a novel / Elizabeth Macneal

In 1850s London, the Great Exhibition is being erected in Hyde Park and, among the crowd watching the dazzling spectacle, two people meet by happenstance. For Iris, an arrestingly attractive aspiring artist, it is a brief and forgettable moment but for Silas, a curiosity collector enchanted by all things strange and beautiful, the meeting marks a new beginning. When Iris is asked to model for Pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly, her world begins to expand beyond her wildest dreams—but she has no idea that evil is waiting in the shadows.

Ghoster / Jason Arnopp

Your front door key is not unique. If a homicidal maniac walked from house to house for long enough, trying the same key in each front door, he might eventually open yours. Six-year-old Emilee finds this out the hard way when a smiling stranger coolly unlocks her suburban front door.

Little Secrets: a novel / Jennifer Hillier

All it takes to unravel a life is one little secret… Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They are admired in their community and are a loving family-until their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken. A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. This discovery sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix.

You Let Me In / Camilla Bruce

Cassandra Tipp is dead … or is she? After all, the notorious recluse and eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy–everyone in town remembers the shocking events leading up to Cassie’s infamous trial (she may have been acquitted, but the insanity defense only stretches so far). Cassandra Tipp has left behind no body–just her massive fortune, and one final manuscript. Then again, there are enough bodies in her past–her husband Tommy Tipp, whose mysterious disembowelment has never been solved, and a few years later, the shocking murder-suicide of her father and brother. Cassandra Tipp will tell you a story–but it will come with a terrible price.

2020 Summer Reads


Big Summer: a novel / Jennifer Weiner

Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.

28 Summers: a novel / Elin Hilderbrand

Their secret love affair has lasted for decades–but this could be the summer that changes everything.

Beach Read / Emily Henry

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

The Summer Deal: a novel / Jill Shalvis

Brynn Turner desperately wishes she had it together, but her personal life is like a ping-pong match that’s left her scared and hurt after so many attempts to get it right. In search of a place to lick her wounds and get a fresh start, she heads back home to Wildstone.

Hello, Summer / Mary Kay Andrews

Conley Hawkins left her family’s small-town newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, in the rearview mirror years ago. Now a star reporter for a big-city paper, Conley is exactly where she wants to be and is about to take a fancy new position in Washington, D.C. When the new job goes up in smoke, Conley finds herself right back where she started, working for her sister, who is trying to keep The Silver Bay Beacon afloat. Soon Conley is assigned the local gossip column, “Hello, Summer.” But when she witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman, she finds a story worth digging in to, no matter how dangerous it gets.

Queen Bee: a novel / Dorothea Benton Frank

A Sullivan’s Island beekeeper navigates her demanding hypochondriac mother and flamboyant rival sister while immersing herself in the lives of two young neighbor boys and their widowed father.

The High Season: a novel / Judy Blundell

This story opens on Memorial Day weekend in a seaside town on Long Island, where Ruthie, her still-adored ex-husband Mike, and the couple’s sullen fifteen year old daughter Jem are packing up the last bits of their household, awaiting the yearly arrival of a wealthy renter from Manhattan. It is what Jem calls “the summer bummer”; her parents own a beautiful house that they have renovated by hand from top to bottom, but which they secretly can only afford to keep by leasing it out during the best part of the year. Every year they must do this and every year it gets harder, amassing a pile-up of low-grade resentments from everyone in the family. And thus begins the summer when every possible thing that can go wrong in Ruthie’s life seems to do so.

A Wedding on the Beach  / by Holly Chamberlin

Bess Culpepper has long been sure of two things–that her group of college friends would stay close, and that love is worth the wait. At forty-two, she’s found the right man, and she’s celebrating her upcoming wedding by inviting her best friends to beautiful Kennebunkport.

The Sea Glass Cottage / RaeAnne Thayne

The life Olivia Harper always dreamed of isn’t so dreamy these days. The 16-hour workdays are unfulfilling and so are things with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when she hears that her estranged mother, Juliet, has been seriously injured in a car accident, Liv has no choice but to pack up her life and head home to beautiful Cape Sanctuary on the Northern California coast.

Girls of Summer [sound recording] / Nancy Thayer

Lisa Hudson feels more alive than she has in a long time after hiring hunky carpenter Mack Whitney to renovate her old Nantucket home. There’s no denying the spark growing between them, despite the fact that Mack is ten years her junior. But her twentysomething children, Juliet, and Theo, on the island for the summer, worry that the new relationship will only lead to Lisa’s heartbreak.

Marriage


Committed: a skeptic makes peace with marriage / Elizabeth Gilbert

The author chronicles how the U.S. government gave her and her Brazilian-born lover, Felipe, an ultimatum–marry or Felipe cannot enter the country again–and how she tackled her fears through research and personal reflection on the enduring institution of marriage.

How to be Married: what I learned from real women on five continents about surviving my first (really hard) year of marriage / Jo Piazza

A lighthearted narrative on what it takes to make a great marriage traces the author’s haphazard first year as a newlywed and how it contrasted with traditional notions that rarely move past weddings, a journey marked by insights from married women of other cultures.

Drop the Ball: achieving more by doing less / Tiffany Dufu

An inspiring memoir by a leading figure in the women’s leadership movement counsels women on how to cultivate the essential skills of reevaluating expectations, setting realistic goals, and meaningfully engaging with others in order to thrive in personal and professional arenas.

Modern Love: true stories of love, loss, and redemption / edited by Daniel Jones

Edited by longtime “Modern Love” editor Daniel Jones—this is the perfect book for anyone who’s loved, lost, stalked an ex on social media, or pined for true romance: In other words, anyone interested in the endlessly complicated workings of the human heart.

Something New: tales from a makeshift bride / by Lucy Knisley

In 2010, Lucy and her long-term boyfriend John broke up. Three long, lonely years later, John returned to New York, walked into Lucy’s apartment, and proposed. This is not that story. It is the story of what came after: The Wedding.

Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give / Ada Calhoun

In Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, Ada Calhoun presents an unflinching but also loving portrait of her own marriage, opening a long-overdue conversation about the institution as it truly is: not the happy ending of a love story or a relic doomed by high divorce rates, but the beginning of a challenging new chapter of which the first twenty years are the hardest..

The Commitment: love, sex, marriage, and my family / Dan Savage

Dan Savage recounts his family’s campaign to convince him and his boyfriend, Terry, to get married, and explores how his family’s attitudes towards gay marriage reflect those of contemporary American society.

The Story of a Brief Marriage / Anuk Arudpragasam

Set on a single day towards the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War, a newlywed couple tries to balance love and intimacy in an evacuee camp which is constantly being bombarded by enemy shells.

The Bromance Book Club / Lyssa Kay Adams

When his wife asks for a divorce, Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

Fates and Furies / Lauren Groff

Marrying in a glamorous whirlwind amid predictions of future greatness, Lotto and Mathilde are shaped throughout a subsequent shared decade by complications, secrets, and powerful creative drives.

An American Marriage: a novel / Tayari Jones

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

Stay with Me / Ayobami Adebayo

The story of what wanting a child can do to a person, a marriage, and a family.

Marriage of a Thousand Lies / SJ Sindu

A married man and woman in India who hide their gay orientations from their conservative families find their arrangement compromised when one of them returns home to care for a family member, only to reconnect with a beloved ex whose marriage to a heterosexual stranger has been arranged.