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Hardback Fiction from the 2016 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2016 Summer Newsletter.


The Girls by Emma Cline

Poignant, intense, and immersive, Emma Cline’s The Girls is a debut novel that makes such a strong mark on its readers that you begin to understand that you’re watching a star in the next generation of writers begin to soar. Evie, a self-conscious and largely invisible girl living in the Bay Area in the 1970s, happens upon a cult whose free spirit masks a much darker reality of what it means to belong. The Girls speaks to us about the plight of girls to be seen and heard in a world that largely leaves them angry and invisible. Extraordinary.  —Casey

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ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

What a lovely, quiet yet spirited gem of a novel, impeccably small and expansive at the same time. Swift transports us to a singular day in March 1924 as it is offered up to the young lovers, Master Paul of Upleigh and Jane the orphaned maid of a neighboring estate. We both are mesmerized here and led forward into Jane’s blossoming future to find her looking back from her nineties with remarkable observation on youth, truth, secrets, and cherished moments that change everything.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781101947524
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Published: Knopf - April 19th, 2016

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

At 700+ pages, Annie Proulx has quite possibly written her magnum opus, a commanding novel of North American history, its legacy of logging, struggle, and self-invention, the resulting deforestation and its ecological repercussions. Barkskins begins with two Frenchmen immigrating to Canada at the end of the 17th century and follows their families through the next three centuries. Written with Proulx’s unique turn of phrase and paced in easily digestible novellas, this is quite the satisfying epic.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780743288781
Availability: Backordered
Published: Scribner Book Company - June 14th, 2016

LaRose by Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich’s last novel, the National Book Award winner The Round House, was so spectacular that I didn’t think LaRose could come close to measuring up, and oh, how I was wrong. Erdrich’s mastery of language and character are evident in every word, but it is her gift of understanding the complexity of interconnectedness that stands out. No deed goes unmarked, whether it be a gift or a mistake, a prayer, or a betrayal. Erdrich dissolves the notion of ‘good guy’ and ‘bad guy’—she proves that each of us affects the other and that with that understanding, every choice is an act of endurance, toward completion, toward being, toward living. This will be a book you return to again and again.  —S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780062277022
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Published: Harper - May 10th, 2016

Zero K by Don Delillo

The author of the masterpieces White Noise and Underworld returns to form with a haunting novel about what it means to die in the age of ultrasophisticated biology and cryogenics. Like a wonderfully intelligent and benevolent alien being, DeLillo brings an outsider’s perspective to modern life, helping us understand and define who we are. As always, his prose is laser sharp, filled with powerful juxtapositions and observations, and he leavens the heaviest of subjects with wry humor.  —Rico

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ISBN: 9781501135392
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2016

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Amazing! Homegoing is an epic narrative that is sure to become a treasured staple. Two sisters in Ghana are marked by tragedy; one is married off to an Englishman (and slave trader) and the other is sold to be enslaved in America. The storyline follows their descendants, generation by generation. It will break your heart over and over, impress you with the resilience of the human spirit and the amazing power of forgiveness, and leave you optimistic and in awe.  —Nici

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ISBN: 9781101947135
Availability: Backordered
Published: Knopf - June 7th, 2016

Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss

In early 1980 in New York City, the utterly unique and unabashedly complicated worlds of an artist, an art critic, and a muse collide to both breathe in and survive the urban landscape that sits before them. Debut author and Santa Cruz native Molly Prentiss weaves together their stories in such a complete and intoxicating way that you will be stunned to learn that it is her first novel. Do yourself a favor—lose yourself in the contemplation of beauty, creativity, transformation, and regret that are at the heart of this book. You’ll be so happy you did.  —Casey

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ISBN: 9781501121043
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 5th, 2016

Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy

There is nothing like the feeling of opening a new novel by Simon Van Booy. Father’s Day is a gentle and absorbing story about a woman named Harvey and her adoptive father, a felon with a violent past. Shifting between scenes of Harvey as a girl and as a self-assured woman in Paris, Father’s Day is a meditation on the immense effect one human life can have on another. I couldn’t put it down.  —Kat

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ISBN: 9780062408945
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Published: Harper - April 26th, 2016

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, from the best-selling author of Little Bee, is storytelling at its finest. Ranging from the decimated streets of London after the Nazi Blitz to the island of Malta under siege, it introduces us to characters who bring humanity to the chaotic landscape of war. A book that will make you laugh as much as cry, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven illuminates the fascinating stories of everyday people living in extraordinary times.  —Casey

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ISBN: 9781501124372
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 3rd, 2016

Smoke by Dan Vyleta

In an imagined historical England where evil in one’s soul becomes visible, two friends uncover some disturbing secrets on holiday from their very creepy boarding school. With a lot of dark mystery and just enough of the fantastical, Smoke intriguingly digs into philosophical and moral questions about class, politics, and religion—when holiness translates not only into power but also wealth, righteousness becomes the justification for oppression.  —Julia

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ISBN: 9780385540162
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Published: Doubleday - May 24th, 2016


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