Literary Fiction

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Motherhood

Sheila Heti

FICTION Heti Sheila
Literary Fiction

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This is a brilliant meditation on one of those great questions of life: To have children, or not? This is very much a book about that idea - it reads more like literary nonfiction or memoir than a novel. There isn't much by way of traditional plot or sense of place - the woman narrator takes us on a journey in her mind as she wrestles with ambivalence about whether or not to procreate. For me, this was a timely read and very reassuring that not everyone feels strongly about whether or not they want children. -Heidi K

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Clock Dance

Anne Tyler

FICTION Tyler Anne
Fiction, Literary Fiction

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother, yet the prospect is dimming. So, when Willa receives a phone call from a stranger, telling her that her son's ex-girlfriend has been shot, she drops everything and flies across the country to Baltimore. The impulsive decision to look after this woman and her nine-year-old daughter will lead Willa into uncharted territory--surrounded by eccentric neighbors, plunged into the rituals that make a community a family, and forced to find solace in unexpected places.

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Anne Tyler is one of my all-time favorite authors and Clock Dance doesn't disappoint. Don't be mislead by the saguro cactus the cover. The novel begins in Arizona but you are soon back in Tyler's Baltimore. If you are an Anne Tyler fan, you will not be disappointed. If you don't know her work, it is time to start reading. -Maeve

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An American marriage

Tayari Jones

FICTION Jones Tayari
Literary Fiction

"Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control"--

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When newlyweds Celestial and Roy are separated by Roy's incarceration for a crime he didn't commit, the life they've been trying to build together falls apart. This is a book written as letters between Roy and Celestial, which I really enjoyed. The writing is excellent, and the ending surprised me somewhat while still not being disappointing. -Heidi K

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Mr. Rochester

Sarah Shoemaker

FICTION Shoemake Sarah
Literary Fiction

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In this novel, author Sarah Shoemaker has imagined the backstory of Edward Fairfax Rochester. It's a good read in its own right, but mostly I enjoyed it because it allowed me to relive the story of Jane Eyre. It is faithful to the original, and the details of Mr. Rochester's youth seem plausible and apt. -Heidi L

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North and south

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

FICTION Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
Literary Fiction

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A wonderful romance set during the Industrial Revolution. If you like Jane Austen, you'll love this! -Amanda

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Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë

FICTION Bronte, Charlotte
Literary Fiction

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This is probably my favorite book of all time. It's weird, creepy, romantic, empowering, and suspenseful. All around incredible. -Amanda

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Pride and prejudice

Jane Austen

FICTION Austen, Jane
Literary Fiction

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The original rom-com! -Amanda

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Emma

Jane Austen

FICTION Austen, Jane
Literary Fiction

Amanda's picture

This book is HILARIOUS. Emma keeps trying to fix her friend up with different guys, but it just won't work. Nobody does it better than Jane Austen. -Amanda

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Drop City

T. Coraghessan Boyle

FICTION Boyle, T. Coraghessan
Literary Fiction

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Drop City

T. Coraghessan Boyle

FICTION Boyle, T. Coraghessan
Literary Fiction

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