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The Rules of Civility
by Amor Towles
A chance encounter with Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar on New Year’s Eve 1938 catapults twenty-five-year-old Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into a year-long journey in the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne’er-do-well, and a single-minded widow. The novel offers a sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, intricate imagery and themes, a finely crafted unfolding of the unforseen, and immensely appealing characters, the heroine in particular. (2011, 335 pgs; Fiction)
by Christina Baker Kline
In this gorgeous novel, Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective, through the experiences of Evangeline, Hazel, and Mathinna. While life in Australia is punishing and often brutally unfair, it is also, for some, an opportunity: for redemption, for a new way of life, for unimagined freedom. (2020, 371 pgs; Fiction)
by Alex Michaelides
This psychological thriller from the author of The Silent Patient takes place partly in London and partly at Cambridge University. The main character, Mariana, a psychotherapist, feels compelled to solve the murders of her niece’s classmates before another young girl falls prey. (2021, 337pgs; Fiction)
by Heather Morris
Against all odds, three Slovakian sisters have survived years of imprisonment in the most notorious death camp in Nazi Germany: Auschwitz. Livia, Magda, and Cibi have clung together, nearly died from starvation and overwork, and the brutal whims of the guards in this place of horror. Due to a last minute stroke of luck, the three of them are able to escape and hide in the woods for days before being rescued. And this is where the story begins. From there, the three sisters travel to Israel, to their new home, but the battle for freedom takes on new forms. They must face the ghosts of their past–and some secrets that they have kept from each other–to find true peace and happiness. Inspired by a true story and with events that overlap with those of Lale, Gita, and Cilka, this is the finale of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka’s Journey trilogy. (2021, 404pgs; Fiction)
The Secret Keeper of Jaipur
by Alka Joshi
Back in the Pink City where he was once a wily street urchin, Malik, assigned to help Samir Singh’s feckless son Ravi build the new public cinema, finds his livelihood, reputation, and the people he loves most threatened after Ravi implicates him in a ruthless scandal. (2021, 357pgs; Fiction)
Cloud Cuckoo Land
by Anthony Doerr
Described as a triumph of imagination and compassion, this is a soaring novel about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world, who find resilience, hope, and story. The heroes of Cloud Cuckoo Land are children trying to figure out the world around them, and to survive. In the besieged city of Constantinople in 1453, in a public library in Lakeport, Idaho, today, and on a spaceship bound for a distant exoplanet decades from now, an ancient text provides solace and the most profound human connection to characters in peril. (2021, 626pgs; Fiction)
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