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General fiction new titles

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Want to try something new? Here's a good mix of the most recent general fiction titles in book, large print or audio CD. This list updates when we add new titles to our collection.

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When we were brave  by Suzanne Kelman

When we were brave

Suzanne Kelman

Book

"The face of the woman in the photograph was tilted upwards, as if enjoying the sunshine just for a moment, even as the wreckage of the bombed-out street lay behind her... 1944, Cornwall: Blinded by love, Vivienne Hamilton eloped to Paris with a Nazi...

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The Golden Oldies Guesthouse  by Dee MacDonald

The Golden Oldies Guesthouse

Dee MacDonald

Book

"Tess and Simon Sparrow may have a few more grey hairs and wrinkles than they used to, but that doesn't stop them being swept up in a whirlwind romance and starting over again. Swapping their city lives for an escape to the countryside, they fall in love...

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More than just mum  by Rebecca Smith

More than just mum

Rebecca Smith

Book

"Hannah Thompson loves her family beyond words... but sometimes she wishes they would recognise her as more than just 'mum'. Eldest son Dylan is soon to be flying the nest, sixteen-year-old Scarlet keeps asking about penalties for worryingly specific...

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Just an ordinary family  by Fiona Lowe

Just an ordinary family

Fiona Lowe

Book

"Every family has its secrets... Alice Hunter is smarting from the raw deal life has thrown her way: suddenly single, jobless and forced to move home to her parents' tiny seaside town. And now she faces an uncomfortable truth: she wants her twin sister...

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The antidote for everything  by Kimmery Martin

The antidote for everything

Kimmery Martin

Book

"Urologist Georgia Brown's sense of self-preservation is kicked into high gear after she's sexually harassed by a male surgeon at her medical clinic, but her outrage grows when her best doctor friend, Jonah, is dismissed for treating transgender pati...

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The road to Zoe  by Nick Alexander

The road to Zoe

Nick Alexander

Book

"She ran away from the truth, but she can’t run forever... Seven years after his sister vanished without a trace, Jude is on the road, determined not to return home until he has found her. He wants to reunite his broken family, but more than this he wants...

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The liberation of Brigid Dunne  by Patricia Scanlan

The liberation of Brigid Dunne

Patricia Scanlan

Book

"When four feisty women from the same family get together at a family reunion, anything can happen... Marie-Claire, betrayed by her partner Marc, plans to teach him a lesson he will never forget. She travels home from Toronto to Ireland, to the house...

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Adults  by Emma Jane Unsworth

Adults

Emma Jane Unsworth

Book

"Jenny McLaine is an adult. Supposedly. At thirty-five she owns her own house, writes for a cool magazine and has hilarious friends just a message away. But the thing is: She can’t actually afford her house since her criminally sexy ex-boyfriend Art left....

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Child of the dust   by Tom Wascoe

Child of the dust

Tom Wascoe

Book

"An American soldier (Richie) and a Vietnamese woman (Linh) fall in love and have a baby during the war in Vietnam. He attempts to marry Linh but fails to get permission from the Army and is then pulled out of Vietnam. Linh and her son make an incred...

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Autism belongs  by Sharon A. Mitchell

Autism belongs

Sharon A. Mitchell

Book

"Manny is not like other children. He doesn't talk. He doesn't leave the house. His parents desperately try to arrange their world so that Manny does not get upset. Because, when he does, well, the aggression was getting worse. Too many times Tomas had...

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Autism runs away  by Sharon A. Mitchell

Autism runs away

Sharon A. Mitchell

Book

"Ethan is only in grade one and already has been kicked out of one school due to his tantrums and pattern of running away when in a panic. Now, his mom's enrolled him in a new school but remains glued to her phone, waiting for the call to tell her to...

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Autism talks and talks  by Sharon A. Mitchell

Autism talks and talks

Sharon A. Mitchell

Book

"Karen is a grade 6 student who has Asperger's Syndrome. She is bright, vivacious and highly verbal. Too verbal. She finds certain topics fascinating, and is all too willing to share her knowledge with others. She goes on and on and on, not realizing...

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Autism grows up   by Sharon A. Mitchell

Autism grows up

Sharon A. Mitchell

Book

"At twenty-one, Suzie has withdrawn from a world she finds alien and confusing. Ability is not the problem, nor is interest - many things fascinate her. But, she has Asperger's Syndrome and high anxiety. To her, the world is a harsh, scary place where...

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The great fall  by Peter Handke

The great fall

Peter Handke

Book

"[This novel] chronicles a day in life of an aging actor as he makes his way on foot from the outskirts of a great metropolis into its center. He is scheduled to receive a prestigious award that evening from the country's president, and the following...

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Attachment  by Isabel Fonseca

Attachment

Isabel Fonseca

Book

"After more than 20 years of life in London, Jean and Mark Hubbard decamp to a remote tropical island in the Indian Ocean. But when Jean discovers a salacious love letter addressed to her husband, she realizes that she has misdiagnosed some acute pat...

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Winter in Sokcho  by Elisa Shua Dusapin

Winter in Sokcho

Elisa Shua Dusapin

Book

"It’s winter in Sokcho, a tourist town on the border between South and North Korea. The cold slows everything down. Bodies are red and raw, the fish turn venomous, beyond the beach guns point out from the North’s watchtowers. A young French Korean woman...

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The illness lesson  by Clare Beams

The illness lesson

Clare Beams

Book

"In Ashwell, Massachusetts, at the farm of Samuel Hood and his daughter, Caroline, a mysterious flock of red birds descends. Samuel, whose fame as a philosopher has waned in recent years, takes the birds' appearance as an omen that the time is ripe for...

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The likely resolutions of Oliver Clock  by Jane (Novelist) Riley

The likely resolutions of Oliver Clock

Jane (Novelist) Riley

Book

"When a terrible tragedy takes Marie out of Oliver's life but leaves him with her private journal, he discovers too late that she secretly loved him back. Faced now with an empty love life, a family funeral business in trouble, a fast-approaching for...

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On parole  by Akira Yoshimura

On parole

Akira Yoshimura

Book

"After spending sixteen years in prison for a crime of the heart, Shiro Kikutani is released into a world he no longer recognizes. He must readjust to the bright and vigorous stimulus of Tokyo while fending off his own dark memories. In a spare yet p...

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Elephants with headlights  by Bem Le Hunte

Elephants with headlights

Bem Le Hunte

Book

"An encounter with Elephants with Headlights is a collision between east and west, modernity and tradition - between driverless cars and ancient lore - and a world that needs revolutionary reappraisal. In this world, Savitri, named after a Goddess, r...

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Desire lines  by Felicity Volk

Desire lines

Felicity Volk

Book

"Are you still a liar? The crafting of those five words, even without dispatch, left her chilled... Arctic Circle, 2012. On a lightless day at the end of the polar winter, landscape architect Evie Waddell finds herself exhuming the past as she burie...

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The girl in white gloves  by Kerri Maher

The girl in white gloves

Kerri Maher

Book

"Some women make headlines; an icon defies them. A vivid reimagining of the exhilarating and sensationalized life of Princess Grace of Monaco from the acclaimed author of The Kennedy Debutante. Hungry for her art and hopeful for the future, young Grace...

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The Lonely Hearts Dog Walkers  by Sheila Norton

The Lonely Hearts Dog Walkers

Sheila Norton

Book

"Can Nicola find her happy furever after? After separating from her husband, newly single Nicola decides to move back home to Furzewell - although living with her six-year-old daughter, Mia, and her mum, Ros, is not the future she'd ever imagined for...

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The river home  by Hannah Richell

The river home

Hannah Richell

Book

"The river can take you home. But the river can also drag you under... 'It's something she learned years ago - the hard way - and that she knows she will never forget: even the sweetest fruit will fall and rot into the earth, eventually. No matter how...

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Truths I never told you  by Kelly Rimmer

Truths I never told you

Kelly Rimmer

Book

"1959: Grace is a young mother with four children under four. All she ever wanted was to have a family of her own, but there are thoughts Grace cannot share with anyone about the true state of her marriage, and the terrifying numbness that engulfs her...

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Jerusalem's heart  by Bodie Thoene

Jerusalem's heart

Bodie Thoene

Book

"t is May 23, 1948, and Jewish and Muslim forces have been in brutal conflict since the new State of Israel was proclaimed nine days ago. The Zion Gate is closed and the Haganah patriots, struggling to hold on to the Old City, are running out of supp...

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Sunset  by Karen Kingsbury

Sunset

Karen Kingsbury

Book

"As John Baxter makes plans to marry Elaine, one of the Baxters enters into the most trying season of all. During a time of renewed love and hope for the future, the Baxters try to come together to establish the sacred ground of marriage and to chart...

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Temporary  by Hilary Leichter

Temporary

Hilary Leichter

Book

In Temporary, a young woman's workplace is the size of the world. She fills increasingly bizarre placements in search of steadiness, connection, and something, at last, to call her own. Whether it's shining an endless closet of shoes, swabbing the deck...

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If you hear me  by Pascale Quiviger

If you hear me

Pascale Quiviger

Book

"Sliding doors open and close automatically, exit to the left, entrance to the right. Beyond it, cars go by, and pedestrians and cyclists. A large park behaves as if nothing has happened. The mirage of a world intact. In an instant, a life changes fo...

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Chosen boys  by Petra Molloy

Chosen boys

Petra Molloy

Book

"It is 1974 and seven-year-old Jack leads a carefree life, playing in his Auckland street. But when a new priest selects him to train as an altar boy, Jack's world is imperiled and he shrinks away from his community, his friends and his mother. Set in...

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Two questions  by Danielle Murray

Two questions

Danielle Murray

Book

"Tish Louise, World War Two GI bride. And Meg, Lucie and the mysterious missing Annie. This is the tale of four different women from different corners of the world and in different periods in time who fall in love with a foreigner and follow him home....

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A long bridge home  by Kelly Irvin

A long bridge home

Kelly Irvin

Book

"When a wildfire forces her small Amish community to abandon their Montana homes, Christine Mast makes the decision not to move with her family to her father's childhood home in Kansas. On her own for the first time, Christine works at her uncle's store...

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The lucky star  by William T. Vollmann

The lucky star

William T. Vollmann

Book

"After being initiated into a coven of island witches, Neva begins to fulfill her fate in a Tenderloin dive bar. Her worshippers include Richard, the introverted, alcoholic, occasionally omniscient narrator; a profane, aggressive transgender sex worker...

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Behind closed doors  by Sadie Ryan

Behind closed doors

Sadie Ryan

Book

"She's in your house, now she wants your life... Tina Valentine has it all: the loving family, the beautiful house, the successful career. But then Megan Pearson starts work at Tina's law firm and with her arrival the perfect world Tina has built for...

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Here I am!  by Pauline Holdstock

Here I am!

Pauline Holdstock

Book

"Sometimes I forget that my Mum is dead. But that is probably better than remembering. When Frankie's mother dies, the six-year-old comes up with a plan: go to France, find a police station, and ask the officers to ring his father--and so begins...

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Low  by Jeet Thayil

Low

Jeet Thayil

Book

"Ullis went to the bathroom and carefully unfolded the business card and placed it on the sink. Then he rolled up a note and snorted the last of his wife's ashes... When Ullis discovers that his wife Aki has committed suicide, he escapes to Bombay with...

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Black Sunday  by Tola Rotimi Abraham

Black Sunday

Tola Rotimi Abraham

Book

"Twin sisters Bibike and Ariyike are enjoying a relatively comfortable life in Lagos in 1996. Then their mother loses her job due to political strife, and the family, facing poverty, becomes drawn into the New Church, an institution led by a charismatic...

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The circus  by Jonas Karlsson

The circus

Jonas Karlsson

Book

"The narrator of The Circus is perfectly content with his quiet life. He works at a bakery counter, and in his free time organizes (and reorganizes) his record collection. He's not up to much the day his old school friend Magnus invites him to a circus,...

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Diary of a lonely girl, or the battle against free love  by Miriam Karpilove

Diary of a lonely girl, or the battle against free love

Miriam Karpilove

Book

"Karpilove's Diary of a Lonely Girl was first published serially in the Yiddish daily 'di Varhayt' in 1916-1918 and appeared in book form in 1918. The novel, told from the perspective of a diarist writing about her own love life, offers a raw persona...

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No neat endings  by Dominic Carew

No neat endings

Dominic Carew

Book

"A young man can't make love. A pedantic father spots a blemish in his new shorts and returns to the shop to demand their exchange. A girl rocks up to a Tinder date wearing a helmet. In nineteen short stories, 'No Neat Endings' pits its characters against...

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Untold night and day  by Su-a Pae

Untold night and day

Su-a Pae

Book

"A seductive, disorienting story about parallel lives, unfolding over a day and a night in the sweltering heat of Seoul's summer. For two years, 28-year-old Kim Ayami has worked at Seoul's only audio theatre for the blind. But Ayami has just been mad...

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Include me out  by María Sonia Cristoff

Include me out

María Sonia Cristoff

Book

"Mara is a simultaneous interpreter who moves to a provincial town in Argentina in order to speak as little as possible for a year. Steeled with the ten rules of silence set out in her manual of rhetoric, she takes a job as a guard in the local museum....

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Blue flowers  by Carola Saavedra

Blue flowers

Carola Saavedra

Book

"Marcos has just been through a divorce and moved into a new apartment. He feels alienated from his ex-wife, from his daughter, from society; everything feels flat and fake to him. He begins to receive letters at his new address from an anonymous tro...

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The wreckage  by Robin Morgan-Bentley

The wreckage

Robin Morgan-Bentley

Book

"Ben is driving on the motorway, on his usual commute to the school where he works. A day like any other - except for one man who, in a final despairing act, jumps in front of Ben's car, turning the teacher's world upside down in a single horrifying ...

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Real life  by Brandon (Brandon L. G.) Taylor

Real life

Brandon (Brandon L. G.) Taylor

Book

"A novel of rare emotional power that excavates the social intricacies of a late-summer weekend - and a lifetime of buried pain. Almost everything about Wallace, an introverted African-American transplant from Alabama, is at odds with the lakeside Mi...

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The opposite of fate  by Alison McGhee

The opposite of fate

Alison McGhee

Book

"Twenty-one-year-old Mallie Williams - scrappy, headstrong, and wise beyond her years - has just landed on her feet following a tumultuous youth when the unthinkable happens: she is violently assaulted. The crime leaves her comatose, surrounded by friends...

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Actress  by Anne Enright

Actress

Anne Enright

Book

"This is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O'Dell, as told by her daughter Norah. It tells of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London's West End. Katherine's life is a grand performance, with young N...

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The black swan  by Thomas Mann

The black swan

Thomas Mann

Book

"Thomas Mann's bold and disturbing novella, written in 1952, is the feminine counterpart of his masterpiece Death in Venice, Written from the point of view of a woman in what we might now call mid-life crisis, The Black Swan evinces Mann's mastery of...

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Restored  by Clark James

Restored

Clark James

Book

"From the darkness emerges a new ruler. Continuing from Snowgirls, Heather has the Irene righted and repaired for their accommodation. She also helps to relocate people, including a girl of her own age. This girl learns that she is the next in line for...

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The cactus league  by Emily Nemens

The cactus league

Emily Nemens

Book

"Jason Goodyear is the star outfielder for the Los Angeles Lions, stationed with the rest of his team in the punishingly hot Arizona desert for their annual spring training. Handsome, famous, and talented, Goodyear is nonetheless coming apart at the seams....

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I know you know who I am  by Peter Kispert

I know you know who I am

Peter Kispert

Book

"In the linked and tightly thematic stories of I KNOW YOU KNOW WHO I AM, Kispert explores deception, performance, and the uneasiness of reconciling a queer identity with the wider world, with characters who try to navigate that dissonance by acting l...

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Anna Eva Mimi Adam  by Marina Antropow. author. Cramer

Anna Eva Mimi Adam

Marina Antropow. author. Cramer

Book

"Three generations of women suffer the consequences of a single violent act. Mimi has no memory of the beating she endured at her mother Eva's hand. Both struggle to understand and perhaps overcome the detachment that defines their adult relationship....

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My part of her  by Javād Javāhirī

My part of her

Javād Javāhirī

Book

"For our unnamed confessor, the summer months spent on the Caspian Sea during the 1970s are a magically transformative experience. There, he is not the "poor relative from the North," but a welcome guest at his wealthy cousin Nilou's home and the gatekeeper...

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Ghosts of the missing  by Kathleen Donohoe

Ghosts of the missing

Kathleen Donohoe

Book

"On Saturday, October 28, 1995, a girl vanished. She was not a child particularly prized in town...When questioned by reporters, those who'd known Rowan described her as 'quiet' and 'loner' and 'shy' and even 'awkward.' Words for pity. Culleton, New...

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Indelicacy  by Amina Cain

Indelicacy

Amina Cain

Book

"In "a strangely ageless world somewhere between Emily Dickinson and David Lynch" (Blake Butler), a cleaning woman at a museum of art nurtures aspirations to do more than simply dust the paintings around her. She dreams of having the liberty to explore...

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Heathcliff redux  by Lily Tuck

Heathcliff redux

Lily Tuck

Book

"A provocative and haunting collection from critically acclaimed writer Lily Tuck, Heathcliff Redux explores, with cool precision, the hidden dynamics and unspoken conflicts at the heart of human relationships. In the title novella, a married woman r...

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Mountain road, late at night  by Alan Rossi

Mountain road, late at night

Alan Rossi

Book

"Nicholas and his wife April live in a remote cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains with their four-year-old son, Jack. They keep their families at a distance, rejecting what their loved ones think of as 'normal'. In the early hours of a Wednesday morning,...

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Theft  by Luke Brown

Theft

Luke Brown

Book

"Paul’s charmed life is over. He is about to be kicked out of his flat in gentrified east London and his sister has gone missing after an argument about what to do with the house where they grew up. Now that their mother is dead this is the last link...

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Wildland  by Rebecca Hodge

Wildland

Rebecca Hodge

Book

"She'll do anything to save them. But what will she do to save herself? When Kat Jamison retreats to the Blue Ridge Mountains, she's counting on peace and solitude to help her make a difficult decision. Her breast cancer has returned, but after the death...

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More than we remember  by Christina Suzann Nelson

More than we remember

Christina Suzann Nelson

Book

"When Addison Killbourn's husband is involved in a car accident that leaves a woman dead, her perfectly constructed life crumbles apart. With her husband's memory of that night gone and the revelation of a potentially life-altering secret, Addison has...

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Big girl, small town  by Michelle Gallen

Big girl, small town

Michelle Gallen

Book

"Other people find Majella odd. She keeps herself to herself, she doesn't like gossip and she isn't interested in knowing her neighbours' business. But suddenly everyone in the small town in Northern Ireland where she grew up wants to know all about ...

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Greenwood  by Michael Christie

Greenwood

Michael Christie

Book

"2038. On a remote island off the Pacific coast of British Columbia stands the Greenwood Arboreal Cathedral, one of the world’s last forests. Wealthy tourists flock from all corners of the dust-choked globe to see the spectacle and remember what once...

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Shakti  by Rajorshi Chakraborti

Shakti

Rajorshi Chakraborti

Book

"Special powers are gifted, but there is a Faustian price to pay in this epic novel, packed with laughter, darkness, pain, dreams, superpowers, love and light. What if the greatest gift you ever received came from those you trusted least? What if it ...

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Saint X  by Alexis Schaitkin

Saint X

Alexis Schaitkin

Book

"Hailed as a "marvel of a book" and "brilliant and unflinching," Alexis Schaitkin's stunning debut, Saint X, is a haunting portrait of grief, obsession, and the bond between two sisters never truly given the chance to know one another. Claire is only...

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Give it to the Grand Canyon  by Noah Cicero

Give it to the Grand Canyon

Noah Cicero

Book

"On his most recent leg of a quest for belonging that has already taken him from his hometown in suburban Ohio to Arizona to Korea, Billy Cox finds himself at the Grand Canyon. Spiritually marooned and seeking to forget - or at least find meaning in -...

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Vera Violet  by Melissa Anne Peterson

Vera Violet

Melissa Anne Peterson

Book

"Vera Violet O’Neely’s home is in the Pacific Northwest - not the glamorous scene of coffee bars and craft beers, but the hardscrabble region of busted pickups and broken dreams. Vera’s mother has left, her father is unstable, and her brother is deep...

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Run me to earth  by Paul Yoon

Run me to earth

Paul Yoon

Book

"Alisak, Prany, and Noi--three orphans united by devastating loss - must do what is necessary to survive the perilous landscape of 1960s Laos. When they take shelter in a bombed out field hospital, they meet Vang, a doctor dedicated to helping the wounded...

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The god child  by Nana Oforiatta Ayim

The god child

Nana Oforiatta Ayim

Book

"Maya grows up in Germany knowing that her parents are different: from one another, and from the rest of the world. Her reserved, studious father is distant; and her beautiful, volatile mother is a whirlwind, with a penchant for lavish shopping sprees...

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The Penguin book of Christmas stories

The Penguin book of Christmas stories

Book

"Truman Capote makes whiskey-soaked fruitcake in Alabama; Laurie Lee slides across a frozen pond in Gloucestershire; and Shirley Jackson is outwitted by a wily Santa Claus at the bank. Ghosts haunt the Christmases of Muriel Spark and Elizabeth Bowen,...

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The island child  by Molly Aitken

The island child

Molly Aitken

Book

"A spellbinding, deeply felt debut novel--haunting and poignant, soaring and gorgeously wrought--about motherhood, freedom, and our own power to shape our destinies. Oona grew up on the island of Inis: a wind-blasted rock off the coast of Ireland where...

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Verge  by Lidia Yuknavitch

Verge

Lidia Yuknavitch

Book

"A fiercely empathetic group portrait of the marginalized and outcast in moments of crisis, from one of the most galvanizing voices in American fiction.Lidia Yuknavitch is a writer of rare insight into the jagged boundaries between pain and survival....

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Herbert  by Nabāruṇa Bhaṭṭācārya

Herbert

Nabāruṇa Bhaṭṭācārya

Book

"May 1992. In Russia, Boris Yeltsin is showing millions of communists the specter of capitalism. Yugoslavia is disintegrating. United Germany is uncertain about their next move, and communism is collapsing all around. And in a corner of old Calcutta,...

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Stand by me  by Wendell Berry

Stand by me

Wendell Berry

Book

"On a clear Kentucky night in 1888, a young woman risks her life to save a stranger from a drunken mob. Almost a hundred years later, her great-grandson Andy climbs a hill at the edge of town, and is flooded with memories of all he has lived, seen and...

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Two blankets, three sheets, a towel, a pillow, and a pillowcase  by Rodhan Al- Khalidi

Two blankets, three sheets, a towel, a pillow, and a pillowcase

Rodhan Al- Khalidi

Book

"Amsterdam Airport, 1998. Samir Karim steps off a plane from Vietnam, flushes his fake passport down the toilet, and requests asylum. Fleeing Iraq to avoid conscription into Saddam Hussein’s army, he has spent seven years anonymously wandering through...

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The snow collectors  by Tina May. Hall

The snow collectors

Tina May. Hall

Book

"Haunted by the loss of her parents and twin sister at sea, Henna cloisters herself in a Northeastern village where the snow never stops. When she discovers the body of a young woman at the edge of the forest, she's plunged into the mystery of a cent...

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The insiders club  by Echo Miller

The insiders club

Echo Miller

Book

"Keegan Harris has one weekend to persuade three other autistic guys to move into his group home. Using an 80s movie as his guide for socialization, he's organized a series of adventures designed to form deep connections and create lifelong friends. But...

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The tea chest  by Heidi Chiavaroli

The tea chest

Heidi Chiavaroli

Book

Hayley Ashworth's goal is to join the Navy SEALs. First she must return to Boston to confront memories of her abusive childhood. When she comes upon an old tea chest, she opens it and finds the remarkable story of Emma Malcolm, a 1773 Patriot sympathizer....

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Little bandaged days  by Kyra Wilder

Little bandaged days

Kyra Wilder

Book

"A mother moves to Geneva with her husband and their two young children. In their beautiful new rented apartment, surrounded by their rented furniture, and several Swiss instructions to maintain quiet, she finds herself totally isolated. Her husband's...

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The recipe for revolution  by Carolyn Chute

The recipe for revolution

Carolyn Chute

Book

"It's September 1999 and the world is on the cusp of a new millennium. In rural Maine, Gordon St. Onge, known as "The Prophet," presides over his controversial Settlement, a place rumored to be a cult, where his many wives and children live off the grid...

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Abigail  by Magda Szabó

Abigail

Magda Szabó

Book

"Abigail, the story of a headstrong teenager growing up during World War II, is the most beloved of Magda Szabó's books in her native Hungary. Gina is the only child of a general, a widower who has long been happy to spoil his bright and willful daughter....

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Perfect light  by Marcello Fois

Perfect light

Marcello Fois

Book

"Cristian is enterprising and determined. Maddalena is tenacious and quite able to imagine - and defend - her own future. Cristian and Maddalena have always known each other, and if fate had not gone awry they might already be married. But between th...

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The street  by Ann Petry

The street

Ann Petry

Book

"The Street tells the poignant, often heartbreaking, story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to raise her son amid the violence, poverty and racial dissonance of Harlem in the war years."--Provided by publisher.

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Everywhere you don't belong  by Gabriel Bump

Everywhere you don't belong

Gabriel Bump

Book

A darkly funny and heartfelt debut novel about what it means to grow up young and black on the south side of Chicago when it feels like your choices are slim to none.

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Shoe addicts anonymous  by Elizabeth M. Harbison

Shoe addicts anonymous

Elizabeth M. Harbison

Book

"Four different women. One common shoe size. And a shared lust for fabulous footwear.Helene Zaharis's politician husband keeps her on a tight leash and cancels her credit cards as a way of controlling her. Lorna Rafferty is up to her eyeballs in debt...

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Tugga's mob  by Stephen Johnson

Tugga's mob

Stephen Johnson

Book

"What happens on tour stays on tour was the mantra for the Southern Hemisphere backpackers who swarmed Europe in the 1980s. Foreign countries had to be explored and devoured in every way possible. Waikato-born Judy Williams worked hard for her big OE:...

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Mack the good shepherd  by Patricia Snelling

Mack the good shepherd

Patricia Snelling

Book

"Mack Reed has dreams of giving up working as a shearing contractor to buy a high country station. Perhaps it's only a pipedream and how will he ever find that kind of money? When he moves to Glenorchy, a remote rural area in the Southern Alps, his l...

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The gnome stories  by Ander Monson

The gnome stories

Ander Monson

Book

"The Gnome Stories focuses on characters who are loners in the truest sense; who are in the process of recovering from mental, physical, or emotional trauma; and who find solace - or at least a sense of purpose - in peculiar jobs and pursuits. A man whose...

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The general and the nightingale  by Dan Davin

The general and the nightingale

Dan Davin

Book

Dan Davin was the author of the only substantial body of war fiction written by a New Zealand soldier during any of the wars of the 20th century in which the nation was engaged. The General and the Nightingale brings together Davin's 20 war stories, some...

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Independence Square  by Andrew Miller

Independence Square

Andrew Miller

Book

"Twelve years ago, Simon Davey prevented a tragedy, and ruined his own life. Once a senior British diplomat in Kiev, he was sacked after a lurid scandal. Back in London, still struggling with the aftermath of his disgrace, he is travelling on the Tube...

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Amnesty  by Aravind Adiga

Amnesty

Aravind Adiga

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"Danny - formerly Dhananjaya Rajaratnam - is an illegal immigrant in Sydney, Australia, denied refugee status after he fled from Sri Lanka. Working as a cleaner, living out of a grocery storeroom, for three years he’s been trying to create a new identity...

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Mercy House  by Alena Dillon

Mercy House

Alena Dillon

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"In the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn stands a century-old row house presided over by renegade, silver-haired Sister Evelyn. Gruff and indomitable on the surface, warm and wry underneath, Evelyn and her fellow sisters makes Mercy House a...

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Been there, married that  by Gigi Levangie Grazer

Been there, married that

Gigi Levangie Grazer

Book

"When he changes the locks, she changes the rules... Agnes Murphy Nash is the perfect Hollywood wife - she has the right friends, the right clothes, and even a side career of her own as a writer. Her husband Trevor is a bigshot producer, and from the...

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Weather  by Jenny Offill

Weather

Jenny Offill

Book

"Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years, she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering ad...

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Strange hotel  by Eimear McBride

Strange hotel

Eimear McBride

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"In the midpoint of her life, an unnamed woman visits a series of hotel rooms. They are in Avignon, Prague, Oslo, Auckland, Austin - but they could be anywhere: each resembles the last, as all hotel rooms resemble one another. And in each of these sp...

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Two steps forward  by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Two steps forward

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Book

"Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted as long as he could through life on charm, good looks, and deep-set dimples. They always worked just fine for him - until they didn't. His smile has no effect on the violet-eyed beauty he met at...

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Promises of the heart  by Nan Parson Rossiter

Promises of the heart

Nan Parson Rossiter

Book

"Macey and Ben Samuelson have much to be thankful for: great friends, a beautiful - if high-maintenance - Victorian house on idyllic Tybee Island, and a rock-solid marriage. The only thing missing is what they want the most. After her fifth miscarriage...

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Four minutes to save a life  by Anna Stuart

Four minutes to save a life

Anna Stuart

Book

"Supermarket delivery driver Charlie enjoys his new job because he doesn't have to spend too long with people, who, he's found, are nothing but trouble. But when he's assigned the Hope Row street, he realises there are a lot of lonely people out there...

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Love and other thought experiments  by Sophie. author. Ward

Love and other thought experiments

Sophie. author. Ward

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"Rachel and Eliza, a married couple planning to have a baby together with their friends Hal and Greg. The experience brings the women even closer together until one night Rachel wakes in great distress, believing that an ant has crawled into her eye -...

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The quarry  by Ben Halls

The quarry

Ben Halls

Book

"In these interconnected short stories, we meet the men living on the Quarry Lane estate in west London. These are men at work, at the pub, at home, with their families, lovers and friends. Men grappling with addiction, sexuality and the corrosive effects...

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The little village library  by Helen J. Rolfe

The little village library

Helen J. Rolfe

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"Cloverdale is known for its winding roads, undulating hills and colourful cottages, and more recently, its Library of Things. Need a ladder, a hedge trimmer or a waffle-maker? You can borrow it from the Library of Things. Single dad Adam is doing a good...

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The neighbours  by Nicola Gill

The neighbours

Nicola Gill

Book

"Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four, renting a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Unfortunately, the latter applies to Ginny Taylor. Single and jobless, Ginny is certain her life can’t...

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Saving Missy  by Beth Morrey

Saving Missy

Beth Morrey

Book

"The world has changed around Missy Carmichael. At seventy-nine, she's estranged from her daughter, her son and only grandson live across the world in Australia, and her great love is gone. Missy spends her days with a sip of sherry, scrubbing the kitchen...

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Nightingale  by Marina Kemp

Nightingale

Marina Kemp

Book

"Marguerite Demers is twenty-four when she leaves Paris for the sleepy southern village of Saint-Sulpice, to take up a job as a live-in nurse. Her charge is Jerome Lanvier, once one of the most powerful men in the village, and now dying alone in his large...

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Kingdomtide  by Rye Curtis

Kingdomtide

Rye Curtis

Book

"The sole survivor of a plane crash, seventy-two-year-old Cloris Waldrip finds herself lost and alone in the unforgiving wilderness of Montana's rugged Bitterroot Range, exposed to the elements with no tools beyond her wits and ingenuity. Intertwined...

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Rock, paper, scissors  by Maksim Osipov

Rock, paper, scissors

Maksim Osipov

Book

"Maxim Osipov, who lives and practices medicine in a town ninety miles outside Moscow, is one of Russia's best contemporary writers. In the tradition of Anton Chekhov and William Carlos Williams, he draws on his experiences in medicine to write stories...

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Souls in the twilight  by Roger Scruton

Souls in the twilight

Roger Scruton

Book

"As the lights that have guided us go out, people begin to wander in the twilight, seeking their place of belonging. In these stories, set in recent times, but before the blinding glare of social media, Roger Scruton describes the remembered landscapes...

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Walks Away Woman  by Ki Longfellow

Walks Away Woman

Ki Longfellow

Book

"Overwhelmed, overwrought, and overweight, an everyday housewife walks into the Sonoran Desert to die. But there is more to a desert than sand: thorns, venom, heat, man, beast - and adventure."--Provided by publisher.

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Calling Mrs Christmas  by Carole Matthews

Calling Mrs Christmas

Carole Matthews

Book

"Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She's soon in huge demand and Cassie's business, Calling Mr...

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How pale the winter has made us  by Adam Scovell

How pale the winter has made us

Adam Scovell

Book

"Isabelle is alone in Strasbourg. The day after her partner leaves to travel abroad, she receives news of her father’s suicide, his body found hanging in a park back home in Crystal Palace. Isabelle misses her flight back to London and a new university...

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The sunken road  by Garry Disher

The sunken road

Garry Disher

Book

"This is a moving, powerful novel set in the wheat and wool country of mid-north South Australia. At once the story of a region, a town and people, it is also the story of Anna Tolley - "leggy, wilful and auburn-haired, always answering back" - who l...

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Winning at life  by Kathryn Wallace

Winning at life

Kathryn Wallace

Book

"It's back to a new school term for the kids. Their mums - Gemma and Becky - are breathing a huge sigh of relief and reaching for the gin bottle. Except for the fact that Becky appears to be accidentally a little bit pregnant....But that's not the first...

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The authenticity project  by Clare Pooley

The authenticity project

Clare Pooley

Book

"A story about a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love. "Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?" This is the question that Julian Jessop, an ...

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Forget me  by Andrew Ewart

Forget me

Andrew Ewart

Book

"Your partner has had a mysterious accident, leaving them with no memory. They don't remember anything: how you met, your first kiss, not even your wedding day. An experimental medical treatment promises a cure. A chance to relive the memories. Going...

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The regrets  by Amy Bonnaffons

The regrets

Amy Bonnaffons

Book

"Reality and dream collide in Amy Bonnaffons's dazzling, darkly playful debut novel about a love affair between the living and the dead. For weeks, Rachel has been noticing the same golden-haired young man sitting at her Brooklyn bus stop, staring off...

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The lost book of Adana Moreau  by Michael Zapata

The lost book of Adana Moreau

Michael Zapata

Book

The story of a Latin American science fiction writer and the lives her lost manuscript unites decades later in post-Katrina New Orleans. In 1929 in New Orleans, a Dominican immigrant named Adana Moreau writes a science fiction novel. The novel earns ...

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Djinn patrol on the purple line  by Deepa Anappara

Djinn patrol on the purple line

Deepa Anappara

Book

"Based on a true story--Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality police shows, thinks he's smarter than his friend Pari (even though she gets the best grades), and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though Faiz is the one with a job)....

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Minor dramas & other catastrophes  by Kathleen West

Minor dramas & other catastrophes

Kathleen West

Book

"Class Mom meets Small Admissions in this story about the privileged bubble that is Liston Heights High--the micro-managing parents, the overworked teachers, and the students caught in the middle--and the fallout for each of them when that bubble fin...

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The secret letter  by Kerry (Novelist) Barrett

The secret letter

Kerry (Novelist) Barrett

Book

"London, 1910. Twenty-one-year-old Esther Watkins would do anything for the Suffragette cause. Imprisoned, force-fed and beaten, she is determined to fight for what she believes is right – no matter what it costs her. With new love Joseph by her side,...

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A small revolution in Germany  by Philip Hensher

A small revolution in Germany

Philip Hensher

Book

"Everyone remembers what it’s like to be seventeen. The conversations you have; the ideas that burst on you; the kiss that transforms you. And then you grow up, and make a deal with adulthood. A Small Revolution in Germany is about that rapturous moment...

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