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Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown: In this captivating dual narrative novel, a modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, a quintessential 1950s housewife. As she discovers remarkable parallels between this woman’s life and her own, it causes her to question the foundation of her own relationship with her husband—and what it means to be a wife fighting for her place in a patriarchal society.
Cesare by Jerome Charyn: Seventeen-year-old Cesare stumbles upon a gang beating up a tramp, whose life he saves and is none other than spymaster Wilhelm Canaris, chief of the Abwehr, German military intelligence. Canaris is a man of contradictions who, while serving the regime, seeks to undermine the Nazis and helps Cesare hide Berlin’s Jews from the Gestapo. When the woman Cesare loves, a member of the Jewish underground, is captured and sent to Auschwitz, Cesare must find a way to rescue her.
The Sword of Kings by Bernard Cornwell: It is a time of political turmoil once more as the fading King Edward begins to lose control over his successors and their supporters. There are two potential heirs—possibly more—and doubt over whether the once separate states of Wessex and Mercia will hold together. Political alliances and loyalties throughout the land result in a battle for kingship—and England’s fate.
The Innocents by Michael Crummey: A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland’s northern coastline. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing but the family’s boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to keep them. Muddling through years of meagre catches and storms and ravaging illness, it is their fierce loyalty to each other that motivates and sustains them. But as seasons pass and they wade deeper into the mystery of their own natures, even that loyalty will be tested.
The Other Windsor Girl by Georgia Blalock: In a historical debut evoking the style of The Crown, the daughter of an impoverished noble is swept into the fame and notoriety of the royal family and Princess Margaret’s fast-living friends when she is appointed as Margaret’s second Lady-in-Waiting. But while Margaret, as a member of the Royal Family, is not free to act on her desires, Vera soon wants the freedom to pursue her own dreams. As time and Princess Margaret’s scandalous behavior progress, both women will be forced to choose between status, duty, and love.
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara: In a sprawling Indian city, three friends venture into the most dangerous corners to find their missing classmate. In a chaotic and cramped urban neighborhood, the unfolding of a tragedy is seen through the eyes of a child as he has his first perilous collisions with an unjust and complicated wider world. It captures the fierce warmth, resilience, and bravery that can emerge in times of trouble and carries the reader headlong into a community that, once encountered, is impossible to forget.
On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl: A lonely newlywed and her wayward brother-in-law follow divergent and dangerous paths through the postwar American West. Muriel is newly married and restless, but the limits of her new life seem to be closing in. She begins slipping off to the Del Mar racetrack to bet and eavesdrop, learning the language of horses and risk. Meanwhile, Julius is testing his fate in Las Vegas, working at a local casino where tourists watch atomic tests from the roof. On Swift Horses is a debut of astonishing power: a story of love and luck, of two people trying to find their place in a country that is coming apart even as it promises them everything.
The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher: When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she stumbles across her grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants until she encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself. Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors—because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you