Ann Packer’s The Dive From Clausen’s Pier is the agonizing story of a young woman’s harsh transition to independent adulthood. When Carrie’s fiance, Mike – with whom she’s been in a relationship since high school – dives from a pier into shallow water and breaks his neck, she must face decisions about her life and relationship that – until now – she’s been able to sweep under the rug.
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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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Darcey Bell’s A Simple Favor tells the dramatic story of the disappearance of fashionista mother, Emily. She leaves behind a best friend, husband, and son to worry about her whereabouts and cope with the hole she’s left in their lives.
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A. J. Finn’s psychological thriller, The Woman in the Window, follows the mundane life of severely agoraphobic Anna, who fills her days confined at home by tracking the lives of her neighbors, playing chess, counseling other agoraphobes online, watching old black and white movies, and drinking wine – lots of wine. Life restricted within her home is dreadfully boring. That is, until new neighbors move in across the park and she meets Jane. Or is she really Jane? Or is Jane even real?
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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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Gillian Flynn’s psychological thriller-family drama combo, Sharp Objects, tells the dark story of a troubled woman’s childhood in and present visit to the problematic Missouri hometown she thought she had successfully broken free of, and that is now the site of two murders.
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Paula Hawkins’ psychological thriller Into the Water follows the inhabitants of a small town in northern England as they deal with the death of one of their own who’s died the way so many women before her have – in the Drowning Pool.
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Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians tells the complicated and exceptionally interesting story of the madness that ensues when Nick Young, the heir to one of the largest fortunes in Asia, brings his middle-class Asian-American girlfriend, Rachel Chu, home to Singapore for the summer to meet his family.
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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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