Fiction

Cambridge, 1958. Late for class, Eva Edelstein swerves to miss a dog and crashes her bike. Jim Taylor hurries to help her. In that brief moment, three outcomes are born for Eva and Jim. As the strands of their lives weave together and apart across the decades from college through wildly different successes and disappointments, seductions and betrayals, births and funerals, joys and sorrows, the only constant is the power of their connection. 

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ISBN: 9780544947276
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Published: Mariner Books - April 18th, 2017

Protagonist 560-year-old “ancient mariner” Daniel Defoe’s gritty storytelling travels from an unmoored drop-out narrator in present-day Key West, then leaps to an enslaved Pirahao girl in 1560 Granada, then to three other questing youths in the years 2200 and 1750 and in the 2500s, in repeatedly rotating versions of America. There be greed and colonialist corruption along these edges of ruin, but smidgeons of love and grim humor also. Meta-fictional and psycho-economic glimpses of climate disruption are revealed in five diverse epochs.—Steve Lawton

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ISBN: 9781632860958
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 13th, 2017

This is an excellent anthology of great current fiction from California, representing our fair state in all of its beautiful and insane glory. Along with writers from many of the far corners of the territory, the book includes several Santa Cruzans, including Elizabeth McKenzie (The Portable Veblen), Micah Perks (What Becomes Us), Kat Meads (2:12 a.m.: Essays), and Gary Young (The Dream of a Moral Life). Sharp, intelligent, and often very funny, these pieces offer something for everyone. - Rico

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By Lisa Locascio (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781944853235
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Published: Outpost19 - June 6th, 2017

When a boy is accidentally killed on a North Dakota reservation, the family of the shooter undertakes a drastic attempt at redemption. The fraught but permanent tie between the families sparks questions of trust, loyalty, justice, and memory. As in life, there are no concrete answers, and Erdrich does not attempt to prettify that which life makes messy. Her prose, as ever, is unrelentingly affecting; the agonies, hopes, and longings of these characters become the reader’s own. LaRose traces its characters’ paths as they cross back and forth between old tradition and modernity, the spirit world and tangible experience, reconciliation and grief. - Julia

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ISBN: 9780062277039
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2017

Praised by Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See), this book immediately caught my eye. It is not an easy story to read, but it transcends despair with imaginative grace and voice. The book opens with 12-year-old twin sisters Stacha and Pearl as they enter Auschwitz, selected to be participants in Josef Mengele’s “Zoo.” Alternating between each sister’s point of view, Mischling is a lyrical tale of survival, loyalty, and love, where children create meaning and magic despite their surroundings; a beautiful read that had a profound impact. - S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780316308090
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Published: Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books - May 30th, 2017

It took me until my thirties to really appreciate characters who don’t have everything together, and Tess is certainly one of those characters. Her experience working in an elite New York City restaurant is adrenaline filled—a rock star lifestyle. This is an intense read that will forever change the way you see restaurants. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781101911860
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Published: Vintage - April 4th, 2017

A book about adults growing up, Modern Lovers follows a close-knit group of longtime friends who struggle to salvage the romance of their youth while raising teens of their own. The revelation that their kids are sleeping together forces the friends to confront secrets from their past and see the flaws in their picture-perfect lives. Sweaty and sincere, Modern Lovers is a summer beach read with just the right amount of substance. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781594634680
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 30th, 2017

After Josie extracts herself from a long relationship with a deadbeat, loses her dental practice in a lawsuit, and assumes guilt in a young patient’s death, she escapes to Alaska. Trekking across desolate highways and sweeping landscapes in a rundown RV with her confused children, Josie (often hilariously) tries her best to keep it all together—her kids’ tempers, the facade of their weird “vacation,” her sanity, and her falling-apart heart. - Julia

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ISBN: 9781101974636
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Published: Vintage - June 27th, 2017

This book broke my heart, put it back together, then repeated the process, in the best way possible. Homegoing follows two sisters and their descendants for 200 years, from Ghana to the United States, with some of the most powerful writing in the last few years. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

We all have something in our past that haunts us and steers our course in life: a missed opportunity, a tragic event, a lost love. Nathan Hill borrows an otherworldly creature  from Norwegian folklore—the nix—to embody this concept. Written with sharp wit and a mastery of language usually unseen in a debut novel, The Nix explores what happens  when the ghosts of our past suddenly come back to life. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781101970348
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

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