Literary Fiction

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Maria Adelman’s How to Be Eaten has a fabulous premise—in modern day New York, five women gather for a trauma support group, each of them a modern reimagining of a fairy tale heroine.

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Holding Her Breath is a generational story written in descriptive language with steady pacing. . . .

The writing is excellent, the characters well rounded with believable human flaws and peculiarities, and the plot intriguing with lots of learning for the reader.”

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A multilayered story with a narrative driven by fate and a passionate search for identity and survival in the face of meaningless trauma, Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang i

The Fashion Orphans is highly recommended for readers who enjoy stories about family ties and the unexpected behavior of relatives and friends, w

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Engaging, suspenseful, courageous, and brimming with a warm heart, Take My Hand will stay with you long after the last page.”

The Patron Saint of Second Chances is a wry and inventive novel about a small-town mayor, Signor Speranza, in the cobblestoned hamlet of Prometto (Italian for "promise").

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“a pithy, enjoyable, modern-day story from start to finish, with a cast of fully realized characters you’ll champion to the end.”

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“’Over my dead body will you go back to that land of demons and monsters. . . . Did you learn nothing from the past?’”

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“a page-turner . . . the two stories intertwine ingeniously.”

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“a deeply charming story full of complex insights delivered from a simple, humanistic point of view . . .”

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“In The Town of Babylon, Alejandro Varela, whose educational background is in public health, combines a social scientist’s powers of observation and analysis with a master writer’s

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“a carefully crafted work of fiction that makes good writing seem easy.”

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Family and home: They’re the grounding of this novel and of humanity.”

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All Come to Dust is one of the best African mysteries of the year.”

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Eleutheria . . .

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“soars on the strength of language and passion for the ideas [the author] works hard to depict here, so that if you loved The Sympathizer, and you don’t mind the insistent history

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Isabel Allende is a wonderful storyteller. Her distinct voice and her vivid imagination have delighted readers for many years now.

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“Pankaj Mishra’s new novel is no less stimulating and insightful than anything else he has written, although there’s no tightly hewn plot here—and the drama that matters is internal.”

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“Past and present, fact and fiction loop and intersect, echoes of history filter into modern life . . .”

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“a tale of love—platonic, familial, romantic—and of forgiveness and growth, along with acceptance of what life doles out.”

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One of the joys of reading literature is discovering an astute author’s powers of observation and finding these deliciously woven throughout the narrative.

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“a fascinating piece of writing from a master storyteller”

New Year is a novel about uncontrollable panic, repressed trauma, and the psychological patterns that persist in their aftermath.

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“Ultimately, Perpetual West is an engaging tapestry of ideas.”

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