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Fiction Recommendations

With Teeth by Kristen Arnett

Sammie is a married lesbian with a son she doesn’t understand and a suddenly-middle-aged-feeling life that leaves her desperate to find something more. As her son grows up and her marriage deteriorates, she seeks meaning and human connection. This novel is a captivating story that hasn’t quite been told yet; if the literary canon prized midlife crisis novels about queer women as highly as they do those of cis-het men, With Teeth would win every award. — Jess

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593191507
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 1st, 2021

Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen

In Eric Nguyen’s stunning debut novel, Huong and her two young sons are forced to leave Vietnam. They arrive in New Orleans in 1978, and over the next two decades, each must find themselves in their new lives—a single mother with one son reaching back to the heritage of his birth country, the other moving toward his newfound culture. Their diverging identities challenge the family dynamic and its enduring ties, adding an intimate, nuanced voice to the complexity of the experience of being an immigrant from Vietnam. — Melinda

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780593317952
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Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

Double Blind by Edward St. Aubyn

Edward St. Aubyn, author of the brutal and elegant five-part magnum opus, The Patrick Melrose Novels, tells the story of Olivia, an academic, her new boyfriend Francis, and her best friend Lucy, who arrives for a visit with interesting news. Over the course of the next year, the relationships between the tightly bound trio entangle Olivia’s parents, Lucy’s boss, and a young man named Sebastian, and change all of their lives forever. Moving from London to the South of France to Big Sur, the book is about ecology, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience, as well as love and courage. As ever, St. Aubyn’s writing is gorgeously precise and charged with emotional power. — Rico

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ISBN: 9780374282196
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 1st, 2021

The Souvenir Museum: Stories by Elizabeth McCracken

I feel certain that Elizabeth McCracken was born to write short stories. Her newest collection tracks the shared life of Jack and Sadie in four pieces threaded through the book, tracing the path and wholehearted truths of long relationships. The remaining standalones continue to explore our enduring, complicated, lovely relationships, with humor and heartbreak. How she is able to excavate and elevate humanity with such breathtaking poignancy, hitting different tonal marks in story after story is beyond me, but I will reread with pleasure until I figure it out. — Melinda

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ISBN: 9780062971289
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Published: Ecco - April 13th, 2021

Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

Praised by Haruki Murakami as his favorite young novelist, Kawakami is a rising star in the world of Japanese literature, with her first translated novel, Breasts and Eggs, making critical waves last year. In Heaven, Kawakami follows a 14-year-old boy as he endures relentless bullying at the hands of his classmates while also finding solace in a girl who is bullied herself. Together the two develop a precious bond to counter the violence in their lives and ponder what constitutes true strength. Heaven is a somber but beautiful piece of philosophical fiction. — Tori

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By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
$23.00
ISBN: 9781609456214
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Published: Europa Editions - May 25th, 2021

Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins

Caul Baby is a gripping intergenerational tale of Black womanhood, coming of age, infertility, and identity seeking. The Melancon women are born with the otherworldly power of caul. Yet caul’s healing power comes at an incalculable cost. Veiled secrets are fracturing the foundations of the family’s Harlem brownstone: Hallow’s birth is the story of a young mother unintentionally conceiving as another grieves miscarriage. When secrets crumble and hidden truths emerge, will Hallow find where she truly belongs? — Charlotte

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ISBN: 9780062873088
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Published: Harper - April 6th, 2021

What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins

At a time when our world can seem rooted in pitting ourselves against one another, this book is a beacon of hope. The brutal trauma of a murder/suicide of two teen boys who were lifelong friends leaves a small Washington town, and particularly the boys’ families, reeling. When 16- year-old Evangeline shows up alone and pregnant weeks after the tragedy, she holds a mysterious link to both boys’ past. We watch how three people start to form a bond that speaks to the depths and courage of our capacity to heal and to what it means to forge ahead when all seems lost. These characters are so real and true and complex. I recommend this book to anyone who is needing that reminder of just how redemptive the power of hope can be. — S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780593085998
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 13th, 2021

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

A murder mystery set in a California coastal city, We Begin at the End carries equal parts suspense, tenderness, and social commentary about the communities that we call home. We meet Duchess Day Radley, a 13-year-old "outlaw" who tries valiantly to hold her family together while everything works to tear them apart. Radley and her community seer deep into the readers mind, making the outcome not only surprising, but filled with heart. —Casey

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ISBN: 9781250759665
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 2nd, 2021

Bestiary by K-Ming Chang

K-Ming Chang’s debut novel is delicious to read, equally beautiful and grotesque, harrowing and tender. Told across three generations of Taiwanese American women, Bestiary is intimately recognizable and audaciously new: an immigrant journey, a love story, a family saga, a coming-of-age tale. All are exploded by imagery, mythos, and experimentation, where girls grow tails, damage is done, truths are built and shifted, and the reader is drenched, filled to the brim with wonder. Comparisons to Maxine Hong Kingston and Helen Oyeyemi are apt, but Chang’s promising young voice is all her own. — Melinda

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593132586
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Published: One World - September 29th, 2020

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

As the world becomes more anxious and frayed than ever, one of our greatest remedies is to read a Fredrik Backman novel. Backman, through his humor, emotion, and honesty, reminds us that it is precisely the messiness of being human that makes us more connected to each other than we ever think possible. In Anxious People, Backman introduces us to a group of characters who happen to be in the wrong place (hostage situation) at the wrong time (apartment viewing) but whose willingness to listen and connect to each other turn everything right. This novel is a balm for the soul. — Casey

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ISBN: 9781501160837
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Published: Atria Books - September 8th, 2020

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