How many people do not live with some regret or the desire to have done things differently? It is 1995, and 15-year-old Maggie Dawes believes she lives in the shadow of her older sister, Morgan, wh
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“Strout, once again, demonstrates that she certainly knows human nature.”
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“this compulsively readable novel of historical fiction is about three courageous women trying to triumph over the forces of history and forced to make life-altering choices.”
“one tightly connected braid of liberty/imprisonment in forms that are political, physical, societal, emotional, and psychological.
Life is full of contradictions and paradoxes, and the course on which one sets out almost always leads to an unintended destination, lessons that are on full display in Joshua Henkin’s new novel
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“Matthew Clark Davison’s Doubting Thomas is an absorbing story of a gay man who finally learns to love.”
In the summer of 1981 came the New York Times’ article about “Forty-one homosexuals turning up in emergency rooms with a spectrum of mysterious and lethal symptoms.” Forty years later ther
“Complex and moving, this read will get one thinking.”
“If you have two days that you’re not using for anything in particular—well, even if you have plans, put them away, pick up this book—they will be two days well spent.”
“Of Women and Salt is a beautifully written novel that turns like a kaleidoscope in the light, illuminating the blurry delineation of who is an insider and who an outsider.”
Life is stagnant for 44-year-old Alice Holtzman.
Lynette’s alarm goes off at 3:15 a.m. She is 30 years old. She wears ten-year-old sweats and wool socks to bed. Her room’s warmth depends on a portable heater; it doesn’t work very well.
“A unique and heartfelt story that taps into an uncommon family dynamic, showcasing how love is resilient and healing, even among the broken and the brokenhearted.”
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“How Beautiful We Were is a masterful piece of storytelling with multiple storylines . . .”
“This is a timely read for those looking to face life’s darkest truths and learn the lessons our ancestors want us to hear.”