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Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize–winning debut was a mesmerizing force with a dizzying style and a powerful cross-cultural impact. The God of Small Things resonated internationally, immediately, and permanently. Now, after 20 years of writing nonfiction, Roy has written a second novel! Early readers speak of this book with excitement and praise. Set in Delhi, it features Roy’s effortless interlaced narratives, richly imagined characters, and a storyline of intense, kaleidoscopic beauty. - a.c.

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$28.95
ISBN: 9781524733155
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 6th, 2017

It is one thing to say that Baume’s character-narrator is a stranger in her depressed life; another that I fell into her life with her. Frankie’s move to her dead grandmother’s cottage does not heal her wounds but instead revitalizes her artistic sensibilities. The photographs Frankie takes of dead animals found on the property provide a strange connection to remembered works of art. These frame her persistence in this unexpectedly uplifting story of reclamation and hope. - Karen

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ISBN: 9780544716957
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 18th, 2017

Murder, revenge and unforgivable transgressions scar the pages of Tóibín’s latest novel. In his brutal retelling of the classical Greek tragedy, Clytemnestra vows revenge after Agamemnon’s sacrificial slaughter of their eldest daughter. I appreciated the first-person narrative accounts of the women in this book, although they were rife with hostility. Not recommended for the faint of heart! - Ashley

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ISBN: 9781501140211
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 9th, 2017

In one story, a man dies of lovesickness; in another, a man learns of the death of his grade-school crush from an alarming late-night call. This is vintage Murakami: mysterious abandonments that lead to journeys of self-discovery, nostalgic narrators waxing poetic about romantic days of yore. Nods to the Beatles, Hemingway, and Kafka add flavor to this elegant selection of stories. A must-have for all Murakami fans. - Jason

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Men Without Women: Stories Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator), Ted Goossen (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780451494627
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 9th, 2017

The author of this penetrating debut novel about the early days of the war with Iraq is an Army veteran who served there. What you see through the characters’ eyes won’t soon be forgotten: the mundanity and violence of war; the adversity faced by female soldiers within a decidedly male culture. Van Reet’s gift for narrative, his ability to evoke the nuances of place and culture, and his cast of characters create a haunting and tragic story of the dysfunction of contemporary war. - Chorel

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316316163
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - April 18th, 2017

There is so much to love about this quirky debut novel. Wang’s narrator must come to terms with her stalling chemistry research, her dear devoted boyfriend, and her complicated relationship with her Chinese immigrant parents, and she attempts to do so with hilarity and heart. Wang writes with such personality, adding unexpected resonance through scientific principles and Chinese culture, and ultimately creating a multifaceted love story and one endearing heroine. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781524731748
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 23rd, 2017

Poet Halan Aylan’s debut novel (which has earned starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly) takes place in Palestine in 1967 and follows the Yacoub family during and after the Six-Day War. Salt Houses is a beautifully written story of family and belonging, displacement and immigration, and is particularly relevant given our current state of the world. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780544912588
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 2nd, 2017

When people tell me they don’t like short fiction, I recommend the title story of this collection: a clear-eyed, perfect-length punch in the gut, emblematic of Ferris’s dark wit and panoramic insightfulness. Few writers can, within one sentence, inspire a belly laugh while highlighting the misery of life’s everyday drudgeries—and still give a wink toward the awkward, beautiful mysteries of life. - Julia

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ISBN: 9780316465953
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 2nd, 2017

Omar El Akkad’s debut novel is challenging and full of uncomfortable truths, but it is also incredibly relevant and an intensely compelling read. Set in a near future rife with climate crises and acts of war on home soil, American War follows Sarat Chestnut and her family as they play out the many ways terror can manifest itself and take its toll. We talk about using literature to better see ourselves, to better understand others, and American War is eye-opening in the most powerful of ways. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780451493583
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 4th, 2017

For fans of literary fiction, there’s so much to love in Elizabeth Strout’s beautiful and quietly disturbing stories, which trace the secret lives of the residents of a small town in Illinois. The stories in Anything Is Possible are rich variations on several tightly connected themes: poverty, familial bonds and broken marriages, and the mysterious, subtle qualities of forgiveness and acceptance. - Chorel

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ISBN: 9780812989403
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Published: Random House - April 25th, 2017

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