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FICTION


The Whites  by Harry Brandt

High suspense and sharp prose highlight this electrifying police procedural. Billy Graves is marking time on night duty when he catches a case that threatens his career, friends, and family. A gritty, darkly humorous and compelling examination of justice and vengeance.

(Hardboiled mystery; Gritty; Suspenseful)


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

 

Rosemary’s story begins when she is arrested; from there the tragedy at the heart of her family is slowly revealed.  A moving tale of familial love and loss that examines the bonds of sisterhood. For full impact, avoid reading spoilers.

(Literary fiction; Moving; Thought-provoking)
 
 

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

This profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive domestic portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which family members struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

(Psychological fiction; Gripping; Thought-provoking)

 

The Things They Carried  by Tim O'Brien 

The men of Alpha Company battle the enemy, miss the lives they left behind, and struggle with loneliness, rage, and fear in a testament to the devastating legacy of the Vietnam War. This modern classic is a painful, lyrical, and intensely personal account of the war. (Literary Fiction; War Stories; Haunting)

 

The Buddha in the Attic  by Julie Otsuka

 

Unforgettable choral-like narrative recounts the experiences of six Japanese “picture brides” who struggle to adjust to a new culture, raise families, and face the prospect of wartime internment.

(Literary fiction; Spare: Elegant)

  


Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea 

Inspired by the film The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli and her three friends leave their tiny Mexican village to bring home seven men to protect their home. As Nayeli marches north, she finds far more than she'd been looking for.

(Humorous fiction; Multicultural; Rollicking adventure)