Yara Zgheib’s The Girls at 17 Swann Street is the beautifully tragic story of a young woman’s fight against anorexia in a treatment facility that rips her of her autonomy and her ability to eat only apples and popcorn.
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Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give is the story of a young woman learning to use her voice to speak out about violence against and oppression of the Black community after watching her best friend die at the hands of a scared cop.
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Sophie Mackintosh’s The Water Cure is the thought-provoking story of three sisters’ survival in a world where men are physically toxic to women.
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Roxane Gay’s An Untamed State follows the heartbreaking story of a woman kidnapped and held in captivity for 13 days in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
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Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the subtly hilarious story of a woman’s attempt to recreate herself and improve her life. Eleanor Oliphant’s life has been hard. She was separated from her mother at an early age and grew up in foster care. While she’s always had ahome to live in and food to eat, her emotional needs have never been met – not in the entire 30 years of her life. So, for Eleanor, being alone and having no friends was completely fine, as long as she had dinners for one and a social housing roof over her head.
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Laurie Frankel’s This Is How It Always Is is the quick-witted story of a modern day family of seven whose youngest son begins wearing dresses and barrettes, carrying purses, and telling his family that when he grows up he wants to be a girl.
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Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire is a beautiful and devastatingly touching recount of the trials and tribulations of a British Muslim family during a time when the British government is cracking down on terrorism and encouraging Muslims to blend in.
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Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling is a devastating story of the resilience of children, despite the wickedness of the world they’re born into. 13-year-old Turtle was dealt a bad hand. She does not live – she only survives the trails of her relationship with her wicked father, fending for herself in the wilderness and convincing herself that she is loved and well-cared-for.
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John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down is a touching coming-of-age story about a young woman learning to live, love, and become an adult with a crippling mental illness.
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Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things portrays three very different people in modern-day Connecticut navigating the complexities of race and the justice system.
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