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The Black Cathedral: A Novel Cover Image
By Marcial Gala, Anna Kushner (Translated by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374118013
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 7th, 2020

In a small town in twentieth century Cuba, interwoven narratives explore ideas of poverty, hopes and dreams, humanity, violence, joy, religion, and magic, all with a darkly comic tone.


Enter the Aardvark Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316536158
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 24th, 2020

This is a satire, a love story, and a ghost story that is perfect for our current political moment.


Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735216723
Availability: Backordered
Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

This novel broke my heart into a million pieces and then put it back together again. A beautiful love letter to New York City and its residents (among many other things).


The Boy in the Field: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062946393
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Published: Harper - August 11th, 2020

After a traumatic event, three teenage siblings' lives are changed forever. This is the coming-of-age tale I've been waiting for...intense, beautiful, and real.


Saint X: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250219596
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Published: Celadon Books - February 18th, 2020

Though this novel may appear to be a mystery, it's so much more than that. It's a tale of class, race, privilege, family, community, and grief.  One of the best literary suspense novels I've read in a long time.


A Children's Bible: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324005032
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 12th, 2020

Consider me biased as I love Lydia Millet and adore stories with incompetent adults and overly competent children, but this novel about children trying to survive an environmental apocalypse while the adults ignorantly drink away their problems is perhaps the perfect book for the current pandemic. Darkly humorous, snarky, and devastating, this book may best be read as an alarming parable, but it's also a damn good time.


Leave the World Behind: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062667632
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Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

When I started this novel, I thought it was a book about class and privilege. By the end of this novel, I found myself reading a dystopian disaster story. I'm not sure how Alam was able to do this, but the results are magical.


Sad Janet: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593086520
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 16th, 2020

At its heart, this is a darkly comedic story about depression. And women who like dogs more than people. And I'm totally here for it.


Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

This book reminded me so much of 2019's Queenie (by Candice Carty-Williams) in all the best ways. If you enjoyed Queenie, you MUST read Luster. The cover alone is stunning!


The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521143
Availability: Backordered
Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

Dare I say I enjoyed this more than Station Eleven? White collar crime, a Ponzi scheme, a disappearance--I'm honestly not entirely sure what this haunting novel was about, but it captured my attention in the best way.