Sad Janet, Lucie Britsch, Riverhead Books - Janet has a live-in boyfriend, a job at a dog shelter in the woods and a mother who depends on prescription drugs to make it through her life. None of this makes Janet particularly happy.
Three Ways to Disappear, Katy Yocom, Ashland Creek Press - In Three Ways to Disappear, Katy Yocom tells story of sisters Quinn and Sarah’s return to India, where they spent time as children and were marked by a family tragedy.
A Springtime Affair, Katie Fforde, Cenutry - Sunday Times bestselling author, Katie Fforde is a successful British romance novelist who has been published since 1995. She is founder of the Katie Fforde Bursary for writers who have yet to secure a publishing contract.
Almond, Won-pyung Sohn, Harper Collins - Yunjae was born with small amygdalae which kept him from feeling anger or fear or knowing how to respond with other emotions. He lives with his mother and grandmother who love him but obsess over teaching him emotions so he won’t be an oddity at school.
Review: 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love, Daphne Merkin, Macmillian - "In this story there is no final scene, no decisive change of heart or firm resolve so much as a furious inner struggle—a struggle that has left no discernible traces yet has marked me as surely as bruises after a fall."
A Small Thing to Want, Cawood, Press 53 - A Small Thing to Want is a series of stories about the tricky nature of love and relationships. It chronicles how the choices we make are often influenced by the ghosts of failed relationships and lost love. Shuly Xóchitl Cawood discusses the creation of the collection, working across genres and how to stay motivated.
Sharks in the Time of Saviors, Kawai Washburn, Macmillan Books - Seven-year-old Nainoa falls from the boat while his family is on an excursion off the coast of Hawaii. When sharks appear, the situation seems even more tragic. But to everyone’s amazement, the sharks rescue Nainoa.
Lake Life, David James Poissant, Simon and Schuster - Lake Life, David James Poissant’s debut novel, begins with a tragic accident that brings up long buried family secrets and forces members of the Starling family to examine their relationships.
The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History, Nathalia Holt, Ph.D., Little, Brown and Company - “From Snow White to Moana, from Pinocchio to Frozen, the animated films of Walt Disney Studios have moved and entertained millions. But few fans know that behind these ground-breaking features was an incredibly influential group of women who fought for respect in an often, ruthless male-dominated industry and who have slipped under the radar for decades.
Godshot, Chelsea Bieker, Catapult - Fourteen-year-old Lacey May, her mother and her grandmother Cherry are faithful members of Pastor Vern’s church in the small town of Peaches in California’s Central Valley.