The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, Kelly Harms, Lake Union Publishing - Amy Byler encounters her estranged husband in her local pharmacy, triggering a whole range of feelings. John walked out on her and their son and daughter three years ago.
The Poison Thread, Laura Purcell, Penguin Books - Dorothea Truelove is a young, beautiful and rich society woman, living a life of ease with her widowed father.
The Murmur of Bees, Sofia Segovia, Amazon Crossing - Sofìa Segovia's magical realism novel, “The Murmur of Bees,” is masterfully absorbing, and laced with delicious prose. Her characters are likewise captivating, so their journey becomes very personal.
Valencia and Valentine, Suzy Krause, Lake Union - Working over seventeen years as a debt collector, suffering a lifetime with crippling OCD, Valencia approaches her thirty-fifth birthday with trepidation.
Dahlia Black, Keith Thomas, Leopoldo & Company - In 2023 astronomer Dahlia Mitchell is the first to identify a signal beamed from outer space by an intelligence other than human.
The End of Loneliness, Benedict Wells, Penguin Books - A mournful, tragic family saga written by German novelist Benedict Wells and translated by Charlotte Collins, “The End of Loneliness” follows lives of three children during a 30-year period beginning in 1980 after their parents die in an automobile accident.
Summer Hours, Amy Mason Doan, Graydon House - Becc Reardon, ace student and fan of Nellie Bly and Ed Murrow, always intended to become a star print journalist.
The Object of Your Affections, Falguni Kothari, Graydon House - Paris Kahn Fraser and her Scottish husband Neal Singh Fraser have an idyllic life in NYC. Her career as assistant DA is blooming, and Neal’s family chain of furnishing and art stores is expanding.
Chelsea Girls, Fiona Davis, Random House - The historical novel, “Chelsea Girls,” verifies the old adage that history repeats itself. Fiona Davis’ drama unfolds during McCarthyism when entertainers living in the New York Chelsea Hotel were without evidence targeted for subversive practice and blacklisted as “communists” and “socialists.”
Ann Petry The Street, The Narrows, Farah Jasmine Griffin Editor - The Library of America has published two mind-boggling novels written by African-American Ann Petry, mostly obscure in the white-dominated 1940s-50s. Her acute observation and insight into human consciousness and foundations of racism in white-mainstream USA is profoundly provocative.