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One of our recommended books is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava — in all other ways a normal girl — is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naive to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows,

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One of our recommended books is The Silenced by James DeVita

Marena struggles to remember what life was like before the Zero Tolerance Party installed listening devices in every home. Before they murdered her mother and put her father under house arrest. A time when difference was celebrated.

When the new Minister of Education cracks down in her school, eliminating personal expression and independent thought, Marena decides she has to fight back. Fueled by her memories and animated by her mother’s spirit, Marena forms a resistance group—the White Rose. With little more than words, Marena defies the state officers lurking around every corner, and embarks on a campaign of life-affirming civil disobedience.

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From the acclaimed author of The Bones of

You comes a haunting and heartbreaking new

psychological thriller that is both a masterpiece of

suspense and a powerful rumination on lost love.

“I was fourteen when I fell in love with a goddess…”

So begins the testimony of Noah Calaway, an

ex-lawyer with a sideline in armchair criminal

psychology. Now living an aimless life in an

inherited cottage in the English countryside, Noah is haunted by the

memory of the beguiling young woman who left him at the altar sixteen

years earlier.

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Man Booker Prize Winner

A Best Books of the Year: The New York Times,

NPR, The Washington Post, The Minneapolis

Star-Tribune, The Economist, The Seattle Times,

Financial Times

August, 1943: Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans

is haunted by his affair with his uncle’s young

wife two years earlier. His life, in a brutal Japanese POW camp on the

Thai-Burma Death Railway,

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Nine Open Arms, a vivid historical novel, is compellingly mysterious as well as dramatic, humorous, and entertaining. A ghost story, a fantasy, and a family saga all wrapped into one, the novel begins with the Boon family’s move to an isolated, dilapidated house that seems to have turned its back on the world.

It is 1937, and nine people set out for the middle of nowhere: a house at the end of a long, dusty road. Is it the site of a haunting tragedy, as one daughter believes, or an end to all their worries,

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A #1 Indie Next Pick

A Library Journal Editor’s Pick

A B&N Discover Great New Writers Selection

When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather,

who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs, is

found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan

inherits the decades-old business. But his

grandfather has left the family estate to a stranger

thousands of miles away, Seda, an aging woman in a retirement home in

Los Angeles.

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