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Chances Are by Richard Russo
Russo’s first standalone novel in a decade mixes his signature themes—father-and-son relationships, unrequited love, New England small-town living, and the hiccups of aging—with stealthy clue-dropping in a slow-to-build mystery . . . In the final stretch, surprising, long-kept secrets are revealed. (2019, 321 pgs; Fiction)
A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean
A young woman’s quest to find the truth about her grandmother’s past reveals World War II intrigue, mistaken identity, and a labyrinth of romance, doubt, and lies. This is a satisfying and heartfelt page-turner that keeps readers guessing until the very last page. (2019, 412 pgs; Fiction)
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
It is 1974 when Leni Allbright’s impulsive father Ernt decides the family is moving to Alaska. But the Alaskan winter is just as unforgiving as Ernt, and life quickly becomes a struggle for survival. (2018, 440 pgs; Fiction)
Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank
Bestseller Frank, recently deceased, shows off her formidable storytelling chops and her gift for creating memorable characters in this quirky and delightful Southern tale. Holly McNee Jensen, a teacher and beekeeper also caring for her demanding hypochondriac mother (whom she refers to as the Queen Bee), is marking time on tiny Sullivan’s Island. This laugh-out-loud-hilarious novel with a wistful edge will satisfy anyone who wants to see flawed people getting second chances. (2019, 414 pgs; Fiction)
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
Fink writes of those stranded inside New Orleans’ Memorial Medical Center in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and chronicles the chaotic evacuation of the hospital and the agonizing ethical, physical, and emotional quandaries facing Memorial nurses and doctors. (2013, 558 pgs; Nonfiction)
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