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246 pp. Hardcover
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A Great Country
Shilpi Somaya Gowda

For readers of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett and Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, A Great Country explores themes of immigration, generational conflict, social class and privilege as it reconsiders the myth of the model minority and questions the price of the American dream.

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320 pp. Paperback
Fiction
A Woman of Pleasure
Kiyoko Murata

An unforgettable novel of fearless women banding together to pursue the lives they want, inspired by the real-life historic Japanese courtesan strike

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320 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Acts of Forgiveness
Maura Cheeks

With powerful insight and moving prose, Acts of Forgiveness asks how history shapes who we become and considers the weight of success when it is achieved despite incredible odds—and ultimately what leaving behind a legacy truly means.

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304 pp. Hardcover
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After Annie
Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen’s trademark wisdom on family, friendship, and the ties that bind us are at the center of this novel about the power of love to transcend loss and triumph over adversity, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Still Life with Bread Crumbs and One True Thing.

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368 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
All Our Yesterdays
Joel H. Morris

A propulsive and piercing debut, set ten years before the events of Shakespeare’s historic play, about the ambition, power, and fate that define one of literature’s most notorious figures: Lady Macbeth.

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240 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
American Spirits
Russell Banks

From one of America’s most celebrated storytellers come three dark, interlocking tales about the residents of a rural New York town, and the shocking headlines that become their local mythologies.

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400 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Anita de Monte Laughs Last
Xochitl Gonzalez

New York Times bestselling author Xochitl Gonzalez delivers a mesmerizing novel about a first-generation Ivy League student who uncovers the genius work of a female artist decades after her suspicious death.

A Most Anticipated Book of 2024: TIME, The Washington PostRefinery 29Barnes & Noble, LitHub

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390 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Burma Sahib
Paul Theroux

From the acclaimed author of The Mosquito Coast and The Bad Angel Brothers comes a riveting new novel exploring one of English literature’s most beloved and controversial figures—George Orwell—and the early years as an officer in colonial Burma that transformed him from Eric Blair, the British Raj policeman, into Orwell the anticolonial writer.

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256 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Change
Édouard Louis

An autobiographical novel from Édouard Louis, hailed as one of the most important voices of his generation―about social class, transformation, and the perils of leaving the past behind.

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320 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Choice
Neel Mukherjee

An ingenious, devastating, explosive novel about the ramifications of choice from "one of the most original and talented authors working today" (NPR).

A Booker Prize Finalist.

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219 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Crooked Seeds
Karen Jennings

A woman in post-apartheid South Africa confronts her family’s troubling past in this taut and daring novel about national trauma and collective guilt—from the Booker Prize–longlisted author of An Island.

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147 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Days at the Morisaki Bookshop
Satoshi Yagisawa

The wise and charming international bestseller and hit Japanese movie—about a young woman who loses everything but finds herself—a tale of new beginnings, romantic and family relationships, and the comfort that can be found in books.

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324 pp. Hardcover
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Diva
Daisy Goodwin

New York Times bestselling author Daisy Goodwin returns with a story of the scandalous love affair between the most celebrated opera singer of all time and one of the richest men in the world.

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386 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Family Family
Laurie Frankel

New from the New York Times bestselling author, a propulsive sharply funny and strikingly tender novel tackling first love, second love, parenting, adoption, and all the ways families are fraught, no matter how they're formed and even if you happen to be a movie star.

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256 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Fervor
Toby Lloyd

A chilling and unforgettable story of a close-knit Jewish family in London pushed to the brink when they suspect their daughter is a witch.

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363 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Fourteen Days: A Collaborative Novel
The Authors Guild, Margaret Atwood, Douglas Preston

Set in a Lower East Side tenement in the early days of the COVID-19 lockdowns, Fourteen Days is an irresistibly propulsive collaborative novel from the Authors Guild, with an unusual twist: each character in this diverse, eccentric cast of New York neighbors has been secretly written by a different, major literary voice—from Margaret Atwood and Celeste Ng to Tommy Orange and John Grisham.

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400 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Funny Story
Emily Henry

A shimmering, joyful new novel about a pair of opposites with the wrong thing in common, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Henry.

Named a Most Anticipated book of 2024 by TIME, The New York Times, Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly

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257 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Great Expectations
Vinson Cunningham

A historic presidential campaign changes the trajectory of a young Black man’s life in the highly anticipated debut novel from one of The New Yorker’s rising stars.

National Bestseller

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340 pp. Hardcover
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Hard by a Great Forest
Leo Vardiashvili

Amid rubble and rebuilding in a former Soviet land, one family must rescue one another and put the past to rest: a stirring novel about what happens after the fighting is over.

Named one of The Observer's 10 Best New Novelists for 2024

 

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425 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Honeybees and Distant Thunder
Riku Onda

Tender and intense from the million-copy award-winning Japanese bestseller, this is the unflinching story of love, courage and rivalry as three young people come to understand what it means to truly be a friend.

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320 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
James
Percival Everett

A brilliant, action-packed reimagining of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both harrowing and ferociously funny, told from the enslaved Jim's point of view. From the “literary icon” (Oprah Daily) and Pulitzer Prize Finalist whose novel Erasure is the basis for Cord Jefferson’s critically acclaimed film American Fiction.

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327 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Leaving
Roxana Robinson

An engrossing exploration of the vows we make to one another, the tensile relationships between parents and their children, and what we owe to others and ourselves.

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112 pp. Paperback
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Love Novel
Ivana Sajko

Love in late capitalism: Ivana Sajko takes us to the frontlines of a war waged between kitchen and bedroom.

Winner of the HKW Internationaler Literaturpreis • Shortlisted for the 2023 Dublin Literary Award 

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333 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Matterhorn
Christopher Reich

A sudden family death and an old nemesis bring retired agent Mac Dekker in from the cold in this alpine thriller from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Reich.

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105 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Minor Detail
Adania Shibli

A searing, beautiful novel meditating on war, violence, memory, and the sufferings of the Palestinian people.

Finalist for the National Book Award

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107 pp. Paperback
Fiction
Morning and Evening
Jon Fosse

A child who will be named Johannes is born. An old man named Johannes dies. Between these two points, Jon Fosse gives us the details of an entire life, starkly compressed. Morning and Evening is a novel concerning the beautiful dream that our lives have meaning.

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2023

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352 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
My Beloved Life
Amitava Kumar

Piercing, fleet-footed, and undeniably resonant, here is a novel about how we tell stories and write history, how individuals play a counterpoint to big movements, how no single life is without consequence, tracing the arc of a man’s life, an ordinary life made exceptional by the fact that he has loved and has been loved in turn.

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398 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
My Friends
Hisham Matar

A devastating meditation on friendship and family, and the ways in which time tests—and frays—those bonds.

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320 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Neighbors and Other Stories
Diane Oliver

A bold and haunting debut story collection that follows various characters as they navigate the day-to-day perils of Jim Crow racism from Diane Oliver, a missing figure in the canon of twentieth-century African American literature, with an introduction by Tayari Jones

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400 pp. Paperback
Fiction
Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology
Shane Hawk, Theodore C. Van Alst Jr. (Editors)

Introduced and contextualized by bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones, these stories are a celebration of Indigenous peoples’ survival and imagination, and a glorious reveling in all the things an ill-advised whistle might summon.

National Bestseller; Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in an Anthology 

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256 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Parasol Against the Axe
Helen Oyeyemi

The prize-winning, bestselling author of Peaces and Gingerbread returns with a novel about competitive friendship, the elastic boundaries of storytelling, and the meddling influence of a city called Prague. 

A Most Anticipated Book of the Year by Elle, LitHub, The Millions.

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662 pp. Paperback
Fiction
Praiseworthy
Alexis Wright

An astonishing and monumental masterpiece from the towering Australian writer Alexis Wright whose “words explode from the page” (The Monthly)

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285 pp. Paperback
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Ripley Under Ground
Patricia Highsmith

In this second Ripley novel, Patricia Highsmith offers a mesmerizing and disturbing tale in which Ripley will stop at nothing to preserve his tangle of lies.

Now a Netflix Series!

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232 pp. Paperback
Fiction
Self-Portraits
Osamu Dazai

In these short stories, collected and translated by Ralph McCarthy, we can see just how closely Dazai’s life mirrored his art, and vice versa, as the writer/narrator falls from grace, rises to fame, and falls again.

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122 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Shy
Max Porter

A novel about guilt, rage, imagination, and boyhood, about being lost in the dark and learning you’re not alone.

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309 pp. Paperback
Fiction
Sisters of Belfast
Melanie Maure

In the spirit of Heather Morris, Kate Quinn, and Pam Jenoff, an enthralling and deeply moving story that begins during World War II, about orphaned twin sisters in Ireland whose lives diverge for decades, until fate—and faith—reunite them in the twilight of their lives.

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182 pp. Paperback
Fiction
Spirit Nights
Easterine Kire

A powerful, magical indigenous novel from Nagaland, India's foremost writer.

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174 pp. Paperback
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Sula
Toni Morrison
From the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner: Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. This brilliantly imagined novel brings us the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio.
National Book Critics Circle Award; An Athenaeum Read With Us Book Club Pick
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352 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Sylvia's Second Act
Hillary Yablon

Her husband’s cheating on her. She hates Boca. Sylvia is mad and she isn’t going to take it anymore. She’s moving back north, to the city of her dreams—with her best friend, Evie, in tow. Think a screwball comedy featuring a sophisticated Thelma and Louise with martinis in hand . . .

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451 pp. Hardcover
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Table for Two: Fictions
Amor Towles

From the bestselling author of The Lincoln HighwayA Gentleman in Moscow, and Rules of Civility, a richly detailed and sharply drawn collection of stories, including a novella featuring one of his most beloved characters.

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352 pp. Hardcover
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The Alternatives
Caoilinn Hughes

From the writer Anthony Doerr calls “a massive talent,” the story of four brilliant Irish sisters, orphaned in childhood, who scramble to reconnect when the oldest disappears into the Irish countryside.

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360 pp. Hardcover
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The Curse of Pietro Houdini
Derek B. Miller

From the Dagger Award–winning author of Norwegian by Night comes a vivid, thrilling, and moving World War II art-heist-adventure tale where enemies become heroes, allies become villains, and a child learns what it means to become an adult—for fans of All the Light We Cannot See.

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397 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
The Deep Sky
Yume Kitasei

An enthralling sci-fi thriller debut about a mission into deep space that begins with a lethal explosion that leaves the survivors questioning the loyalty of the crew.

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288 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
The Extinction of Irena Rey
Jennifer Croft

From the International Booker Prize-winning translator and Women's Prize finalist, an utterly beguiling novel about eight translators and their search for a world-renowned author who goes missing in a primeval Polish forest.

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417 pp. Paperback
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The Good Lord Bird
James McBride

From the bestselling author of The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive.

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

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336 pp. Hardcover
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The Great Divide
Cristina Henriquez

A powerful novel about the construction of the Panama Canal, casting light on the unsung people who lived, loved, and labored there.

A Read With Jenna pick; Named a Most Anticipated Book by:  Washington Post, Book Riot, Electric Literature, LitHub, ELLE, The Millions, Goodreads, Reader’s Digest

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432 pp. Hardcover
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The Hunter
Tana French

From the writer who is “in a class by herself,” (The New York Times), a nuanced, atmospheric tale–set in the Irish countryside–that explores what we’ll do for our loved ones, what we’ll do for revenge, and what we sacrifice when the two collide.

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325 pp. Hardcover
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The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven
Nathan Ian Miller

In The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven, a "briskly entertaining" (New York Times Book Review), "transporting and wholly original" (People Magazine) novel by Nathaniel Ian Miller, one man banishes himself to a solitary life in the Arctic Circle, and is saved by good friends, a loyal dog, and a surprise visit that changes everything.

An Athenaeum Read With Us Book Club Pick

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304 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
The Morningside
Téa Obreht

From the critically beloved, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife and Inland, a sweeping novel of mothers and daughters, displacement and belonging, and wondrous tales of a world both fallen and new.

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475 pp. Paperback
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The Most Secret Memory of Men
Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

An astonishing novel about the choice between living and writing, and the desire to transcend the divide between Africa and the West. Above all, it is an ode to literature and its timelessness.

Winner of the Prix Goncourt; A New York Times Best Book of 2023; Longlisted for the National Book Award

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313 pp. Hardcover
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The North Line
Matt Riordan

A college student in need of quick money finds work on an Alaskan fishing boat in the unforgiving Bering Sea.

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320 pp. Hardcover
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The Painter's Daughters
Emily Howes

A “beautifully written” (Hilary Mantel) story of love, madness, sisterly devotion, and control, about the two beloved daughters of renowned 1700s English painter Thomas Gainsborough, who struggle to live up to the perfect image the world so admired in their portraits.

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272 pp. Hardcover
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The Paris Novel
Ruth Reichl

A dazzling, heartfelt adventure through the food, art, and fashion scenes of 1980s Paris—from the New York Times bestselling author of Save Me the Plums and Delicious!

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283 pp. Hardcover
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The Philadelphia Heiress
Anita Abriel

In pursuit of happiness, a young woman’s dreams extend beyond money and marriage in this aspirational historical novel by the international bestselling author of The Light After the War.

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391 pp. Paperback
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The Phoenix Crown
Kate Quinn, Janie Chang

From bestselling authors Janie Chang and Kate Quinn, a thrilling and unforgettable narrative about the intertwined lives of two wronged women, spanning from the chaos of the San Francisco earthquake to the glittering palaces of Versailles.

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272 pp. Hardcover
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The Road from Belhaven
Margot Livesey

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy, a novel about a young woman whose gift of second sight complicates her coming of age in late-nineteenth-century Scotland.

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181 pp. Hardcover
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The Second Sword: A Tale from the Merry Month of May, & My Day in the Other Land: A Tale of Demons
Peter Handke

Two novellas by Peter Handke―his first new works since he won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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219 pp. Paperback
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The Singularity
Balsam Karam

Lyrical and devastating, The Singularity is a breathtaking study of grief, migration, and motherhood from one of Sweden’s most exciting new novelists.

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336 pp. Hardcover
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The Stone Home
Crystal Hana Kim

A hauntingly poetic family drama and coming-of-age story that reveals a dark corner of South Korean history through the eyes of a small community living in a reformatory center—a stunning work of great emotional power from the critically acclaimed author of If You Leave Me.

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273 pp. Paperback
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The Talented Mr. Ripley
Patricia Highsmith

Andrew Scott stars as Tom Ripley in the new Netflix limited series.

The Talented Mr. Ripley follows the life of Tom Ripley, a young and talented but socially awkward man who becomes entangled in a web of lies, manipulation, and murder. The story is set against the backdrop of 1950s Europe.

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384 pp. Hardcover
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The Twilight Garden
Sara Nisha Adams

Two feuding neighbors unite to resurrect a neglected city garden in this uplifting and quietly joyful novel by Sara Nisha Adams, author of the beloved The Reading List.

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265 pp. Paperback
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The Ukraine
Artem Chapeye

A stunning debut collection of fiction and creative nonfiction— irreverent and unglorified; loving and tender; uncomfortable and inconvenient—by a Ukrainian writer currently fighting for his country in Kyiv.

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432 pp. Hardcover
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The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contact and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook
Hampton Sides

From New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides, an epic account of the most momentous voyage of the Age of Exploration, which culminated in Captain James Cook’s death in Hawaii, and left a complex and controversial legacy still debated to this day.

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471 pp. Hardcover
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The Women
Kristin Hannah

From the celebrated author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds comes Kristin Hannah's The Women―at once an intimate portrait of coming of age in a dangerous time and an epic tale of a nation divided.

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129 pp. Hardcover
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Until August
Gabriel García Márquez

Constantly surprising, joyously sensual, Until August is a profound meditation on freedom, regret, self-transformation, and the mysteries of love—an unexpected gift from one of the greatest writers the world has ever known.

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336 pp. Hardcover
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Wandering Stars
Tommy Orange

Wandering Stars traces the legacies of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the Carlisle Industrial School for Indians through to the shattering aftermath of Orvil Redfeather's shooting in There There.

Time Most Anticipated Book. 

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150 pp. Paperback
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What Kingdom
Fine Grabol

An incandescent debut about young adults learning how to care for themselves — from within the limits of the psychiatric system. Perfect for fans of Tove Ditlevsen and devotees of Sylvia Plath.

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168 pp. Paperback
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Where the Wind Calls Home
Samar Yazbek

In this new novel by Syria’s most prominent writer of the National Book Award Finalist Planet of Clay, a wounded nineteen-year-old soldier in the Syrian Army remembers his life lived in the traditional Alawite way. 

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255 pp. Hardcover
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Wild Houses
Colin Barrett

The riotous, raucous and deeply resonant debut novel from “one of the best story writers in the English language today” (Financial TimesWild Houses follows two outsiders caught in the crosshairs of a small-town revenge kidnapping gone awry.

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346 pp. Hardcover
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Women of Good Fortune
Sophie Wan

Set against a high-society Shanghai wedding, a heartfelt, funny, dazzling novel about a reluctant bride and her two best friends, each with their own motives and fed up with the way society treats women, who forge a plan to steal all the gift money on the big day.

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222 pp. Hardcover
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You Dreamed of Empires
Álvaro Enrigue

From a visionary Mexican author, a hallucinatory, revelatory, colonial revenge story that reimagines the fall of Tenochtitlan. The incomparably original Alvaro Enrigue sets afire the moment of conquest and turns it into a moment of revolution, a restitutive, fantastical counter-attack, in a novel so electric and so unique that it feels like a dream.

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144 pp. Paperback
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You Glow in the Dark
Liliana Colanzi

Introducing the Bolivian writer Liliana Colanzi, You Glow in the Dark glimmers with an unearthly light and a nearly radioactive power.

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384 pp. Hardcover
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You Know What You Did
K. T. Nguyen

In this heart-pounding debut thriller for fans of Lisa Jewell and Celeste Ng, a first-generation Vietnamese American artist must confront nightmares past and present

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323 pp. Hardcover
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You Only Call When You're in Trouble
Stephen McCauley

“Funny, poignant, joyous, explosive, but most of all affirming of our connections to one another. You Only Call When You're in Trouble is a book to cherish. A book that loves you back. What more could you want, my gosh? Read it!” —Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less Is Lost

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