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Fiction Recommendations

Summer by Ali Smith

What if I told you that your heart will bloom with the particular fusion of hope and sadness that only the feeling of being seen by a book can produce, when you read Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet? Summer is the end of that quartet, and it incorporates a love for the mail, the cyclical atrocities of internment camps, and the effect that political windbags are having on our children, while somehow also re-instilling faith in the power of human connection. —Jess

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ISBN: 9781101870792
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Pantheon - August 25th, 2020

Daddy: Stories by Emma Cline

Emma Cline has proven to be a master storyteller. I don’t know of any other writer that could string connections between such disparate stories of things like a holiday dinner, a scandalous nanny, and illicit underwear sales. Yet each story feels familiar and new at the same time. Some are uncomfortable, some are funny, but all are excellent. Cline is truly at the start of an impressive and promising career and I can’t wait to see what comes next. —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780812998641
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Published: Random House - September 1st, 2020

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth by Meryem Alaoui

Jmiaa is 34, a sex worker for almost 15 years, with a 7-year-old daughter, a mother she’s lying to, and a disaster of an ex-husband (she’ll tell you the story). Armed with wine, beer, and a pack of cigarettes, Jmiaa has no pity for herself, nor for anyone else in her working class Moroccanneighborhood. Meryem Alaoui’s debut novel is real and smart, with a touch of hope and the day-time talk show drama that will keep you reading. —Jocelyn

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By Meryem Alaoui, Emma Ramadan (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781892746795
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Published: Other Press - September 15th, 2020

Little Eyes by Samantha Schweblin

In a world eerily similar to our own, kentukis live in nearly everyone's home. Little stuffed animals on wheels with cameras for eyes, you can adopt one and be its "keeper," or you can live in one and be its "dweller." The locales are international and the inhabitants lonely geriatrics, hyperactive kindergarteners, or heroic scammers. Confronting the morality of voyeurism, anonymity behind technology, and intimacy, this smart book asks all the rigjht questions and leaves the readers to other answers. -Celeste

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ISBN: 9780525541363
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 5th, 2020

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters By Balli Kaur Jaswal

I will read anything and everything that Jaswal (Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows) writes. This fantastically written book about three sisters on a journey arranged by their recently deceased mother charmed me. Within a story of sisterhood and family, Jaswal explores an immigrant experience as well as the complexities women go through in different ways. Sisterhood isn’t always about getting along and having everything in common, and Jaswal dives into that in this novel. I will be thinking about the Shergill sisters for a while, finding new things to love about them. — Karena

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ISBN: 9780062645159
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 7th, 2020

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

It’s all in the title: Susan Choi takes the unreliable narrator to the next level in this book, challenging the reader to suspend all judgment and hang on for the ride. Trust Exercise examines perspective and character in a whole new way, leaving the reader to wonder at the end just what, exactly, they’ve been through. As in life, more questions are generated than answers. A great book to awaken your mind to the possibilities of fiction!

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ISBN: 9781250231260
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

Reproduction by Ian Williams

Winner of the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize in Canada, Reproduction is a playful novel that begins with the meeting of two very different strangers in a hospital room occupied by their mothers, and weaves through three decades of the family and relationships that follow such an unexpected and unbidden encounter. Williams writes with a poet’s ear and an inventive spark, exploring love, class, race, and the multicultural community in Toronto where this artful story unfolds in ways both light and deeply felt.

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ISBN: 9781609455750
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Published: Europa Editions - April 21st, 2020

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

This lesbian slow-burn romance hit all the right spots. Under the bright and shiny lights of Hollywood, we meet Jo and her assistant, Emma. Wilsner handles the boss/employee dynamic with skill. The dialogue is smart and the plot a breath of fresh air. There’s a lot of wonderful tension and you’re gonna be yelling, “Kiss already!” But the payoff will be worth it.

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ISBN: 9780593102527
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Published: Berkley - May 26th, 2020


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