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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Garrard Conley’s Boy Erased is a very personal memoir about Conley’s experience being gay in, and subsequently being enrolled in “ex-gay” therapy in, the Bible Belt.
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Emma Cline’s The Girls is a trippy yet grave story about a lonely young girl’s journey to getting wrapped up in the most famous cult of all time. This story is completely fictitious, but is inspired by the real-life Manson Family.
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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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