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Summer Newsletter 2023 Fiction - Paperback

Love Marriage by Monica Ali

If you’re looking for a well-written, delightful read, where all the characters are worth cheering for and you’re as pleasantly surprised as you are thought-provoked, look no further than Love Marriage. Set in London and centered around the newly betrothed Yasmin Ghorami and Joe Sangster, it’s a social comedy where all seems to be going well, until race and class differences, insecurities, and of course secrets threaten to come between the couple and their families. This is big-hearted fun that leaves you feeling nourished.

—Melinda

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781982181482
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Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2023

Moorewood Family Rules by HelenKay Dimon

This fast-paced novel is a great choice for anyone who loves a good heist, and is a perfect summer read. After serving 3 years in prison, Jillian Moore is back and ready to take down her dysfunctional family of con artists. With secrets to uncover, killer cousins to avoid, and a budding romance to navigate, Moore enlists the help of a grumpy but sharp-witted bodyguard. HelenKay Dimon's skillful character development contributes to a thrilling read that channels the energy and excitement of Ocean’s 8. This fun and satisfying book left me eager to read more from Dimon.  —Kalani

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780063240520
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Published: Avon - April 25th, 2023

You Have a Friend in 10A: Stories by Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead’s The Great Circle was one of my favorite books of 2021. In her latest, she shows the range of her prowess by stunning us all with a collection of short stories from all walks of life. From Montana to Paris, from Romania to Hollywood, You Have a Friend in 10A traverses the globe with tales about our shared experiences in love, loss, and connection. A fellow Bookshop bookseller told me that they thought Shipstead might be one of the best short story writers of our time and after reading this collection, I completely agree.  

—Casey

 

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781984897718
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Published: Vintage - April 18th, 2023

We Do What We Do in the Dark by Michelle Hart

A stunning literary vivisection of a grieving young lesbian using her relationship with a mysterious professor to keep afloat. Michelle Hart’s incendiary debut reveals in total clarity the infinite dimensions of one girl’s life, before and after the relationship at its dark heart, and tangles with everything from daughterhood to sexuality. A glittering, underrated must-read.  

—Yves

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ISBN: 9780593329689
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2023

Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen

Ava is a successful lawyer and mother who seems to have it all, until her old college roommate, Winnie Fang, shows up. Although happy to reconnect with her old friend, Ava becomes increasingly wary of Winnie’s sudden wealth and luxurious lifestyle. It’s not long before Ava discovers that Winnie is involved in a sophisticated counterfeit scheme. Chen skillfully weaves together suspense, drama, and romance to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Her vivid descriptions and well-developed characters make the story come to life, drawing readers into the intricate world of counterfeit goods and the people who profit from them. 

—Kalani

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ISBN: 9780063119550
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 13th, 2023

Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

At its surface, Fellowship Point is about a friendship between two best friends in their eighties, Agnes and Polly, and what will happen to the land along Maine’s coast that their families have owned for generations. The brilliance of Alice Dark’s writing is evident on every page as she brings the land and the characters to life, and the end to this novel had me reeling. I will be recommending this book to as many people as I know. 

—S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9781982131821
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - May 9th, 2023

Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi Obaro

After decades apart and living dramatically different lives on two continents, three college friends reunite in Nigeria for the wedding of one of their daughters. Tomi Obaro’s work explores the unique bond of the female friends who were with you when making some of the messy, early decisions of your life and what those friendships mean when you realize that the changes and decisions continue well into middle age. Layering on issues of power and class, Dele Weds Destiny’s heartfelt story goes beyond mere sentimentality to something even more powerful and real. 

—Casey

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ISBN: 9780593314500
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Published: Vintage - June 13th, 2023

The Return of Faraz Ali by Aamina Ahmad

Aamina Ahmad’s historical fiction debut, The Return of Faraz Ali, is addictive, evocative, and eminently compelling. Ahmad’s characters are parents and children, sex workers and cops, all flawed, heartbreakingly human. Wending through the streets of Lahore’s red light district, World War II’s deserts, and 1970’s Pakistan’s shifting politics and identities, they careen through mysteries criminal and personal, torn between reaching out for one another and dreaming of a better life. You won’t be able to put it down. 

—Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780593330197
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2023

Gods of Want: Stories by K-Ming Chang

This collection of stories is as magical as it is powerful. The line between real and not blurs as ghosts and aunties relentlessly remind the main characters of the weight of their ancestry. K-Ming Chang’s fantastical prose asks how one balances love and lots of family. Just like her previous book, Bestiary, this is both a love letter to and critique of the modern-day Asian American experience.

—Ian

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ISBN: 9780593241608
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Published: One World - June 20th, 2023

My Stupid Intentions by Bernardo Zannoni and translated by Alex Andriesse

This sleek, stealthy, award-winning debut novel translated from Italian, is unlike any animal novel I’ve read, tackling the complexity of higher consciousness while remaining viscerally grounded in the baseness of instinct. My Stupid Intentions is the story of Archy the beech marten and his semi-anthropomorphic life as he learns to read and write from Solomon the trader-fox and struggles with the concepts of Time and Meaning that upend the feral here and now. A fascinating, intimate, and philosophical read that I can’t get out of my head. 

—Melinda

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By Bernardo Zannoni, Alex Andriesse (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781681377285
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Published: New York Review Books - June 13th, 2023

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