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Fiction

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy A vacation cruise turns nightmarish when children from two families disappear after the ship stops at a Central American port. What follows is a story not just of guilt, blame, and the desperate struggle to retrieve the children but of race, privilege, and parenthood. Read More »

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel Wilson

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel Wilson June travels the world seeking rare antique automatons. Her interest in such objects was fixed from an early age when her Russian grandfather told her a story of seeing a man on a World War II battlefield and then gave her a relic from that encounter, which seems to be a piece of intricate ... Read More »

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti Loo is twelve when she moves back to the New England fishing village of her early youth. Her father, Hawley, finds work on the boats, while she undergoes the usual heartaches of a new kid in school. But lurking over Loo are mysteries, both of the mother who passed away, of ... Read More »

Marlena by Julie Buntin

Marlena by Julie Buntin Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena.  An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. Read More »

August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones

August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones A fast-paced tale of murder, greed, sex, economic cyber-terrorism, race and urban decay in modern Detroit. Author Stephen Mack Jones is a poet, award-winning playwright, and recipient of the Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He lives in Farmington Hills. Read More »

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne Taking its title from a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale but set in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this thriller features Helena Pelletier, raised by an abusive father who had kidnapped her teenage mother. Now he’s escaped from prison, and the adult Helena is the only person who can hunt him down ... Read More »

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman A very funny novel about the survivor of a childhood trauma. At 29, Eleanor Oliphant has built an utterly solitary life that almost works. . . Honeyman’s endearing debut is part comic novel, part emotional thriller, and part love story. – Kirkus Read More »

My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith

My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith A hilarious new stand-alone novel about one man’s misadventures in travel and romance in the Italian countryside. When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already overdue cookbook, he expects it to be the perfect escape from stressful city life. But when he arrives, things quickly ... Read More »

Trajectory by Richard Russo

Trajectory by Richard Russo A new collection of short fiction that demonstrates that Richard Russo–winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls–is also a master of this genre. Read More »

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout In this collection of short stories centered in and near the fictional town of Amgash, Illinois, last visited in My Name Is Lucy Barton (2016), Strout once again shows her talent for adroitly uncovering what makes ordinary people tick. Here, for the most part, it’s sex. Nearly every story has sex at its core-not ... Read More »