The Map of Salt and Stars / Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel follows the journeys of Nour and Rawiya as they travel along identical paths across the region eight hundred years apart, braving the unknown beside their companions as they are pulled by the promise of reaching home at last.
The Girl who Smiled Beads: a story of war and what comes after / Clemantine Wamariya
Wamariya has written a heartbreaking account of her survival of the Rwandan genocide. In 1994, she and her sister fled Rwanda and spent the next six years migrating through Africa, looking for a safe haven. Told in alternating chapters, between her harrowing escape and her arrival in the US as a refugee.
The Ensemble / Aja Gabel
Forging a familial bond over their shared artistic talents and secrets, four young people navigate a cutthroat world and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion and love reinforce and divide them throughout the course of their lives.
The Perfect Mother: a novel / Aimee Molloy
A group of new moms who all gave birth in the month of May gather twice weekly at the park to offer support and companionship before one of the babies is shatteringly abducted, subjecting his traumatized mother to invasive questions and prompting the others to go to increasingly risky lengths to help.
The Pisces: a novel / Melissa Broder
Bottoming out after a dramatic breakup, a habitual student accepts her sister’s invitation to dog-sit on Venice Beach for the summer, where she meets an eerily attractive swimmer one night whose Sirenic identity transforms her understanding of what real love looks like.
The Overstory: a novel / Richard Powers
A National Book Award-winning author presents an impassioned novel of activism and natural-world power that is comprised of interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest.
You think it, I’ll say it: stories / Curtis Sittenfeld
A collection of ten short stories from the author of Eligible. Well-developed characters in fascinating circumstances. Poignant, timely, sad, funny, and cohesive. Sittenfeld shows her craft in a new form.
Lawn Boy: a novel / Jonathan Evison
Faced by a life of menial prospects in the years after high school, Mike Munoz, a young Mexican-American, attempts over and over to change his life for the better and achieve the American dream, only to be stymied by social-class distinctions and cultural discrimination.
The Glitch: a novel / Elisabeth Cohen
A high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two finds her over-scheduled life turned upside-down by the baffling appearance of a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself.
The Only Story / Julian Barnes
A man who ran away as a teen university student with a married woman more than twice his age reflects on how they fell in love, how he freed her from a sterile marriage, and how their relationship fell apart as she succumbed to depression.
There There / Tommy Orange
A large cast of interwoven characters depicts the experience of Native Americans living in urban settings. Perfect for readers of character-driven fiction with a strong sense of place.