Literary Fiction

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History of wolves : a novel

Emily Fridlund

FICTION Fridlund Emily
Literary Fiction

""So delicately calibrated and precisely beautiful that one might not immediately sense the sledgehammer of pain building inside this book. And I mean that in the best way. What powerful tension and depth this provides!"-Aimee Bender. Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong. And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Linda finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn't understand. Over the course of a few days, Linda makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do-and fail to do-for the people they love. Winner of the McGinnis-Ritchie award for its first chapter, Emily Fridlund's propulsive and gorgeously written History of Wolves introduces a new writer of enormous range and talent"--

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This novel reverberates beyond the page. This had been on my to-read list since it came out, and I'm glad I finally got around to it. I loved the portrayal of the rural Minnesota landscape. I was haunted by the ending. I can't wait to read future books by Emily Fridlund! -Heidi K

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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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Jane Austen

FICTION Austen, Jane
Literary Fiction

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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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