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Caleb's Crossing: A Novel
Geraldine Brooks

BROOKS

Forging a deep friendship with a Wampanoag chieftain’s son on the Great Harbor settlement where her minister father is working to convert the tribe, Bethia follows his subsequent Ivy League education and efforts to bridge cultures among the colonial elite.


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Summerset Abbey
T. J. Brown

BROWN

Daughters to the second son of the Earl of Summerset, Rowena and Victoria, after their father dies, move in with their uncle’s family in a much more traditional household where they learn about class division and, as war approaches, hope for a more modern future.


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The Painted Girls: A Novel
Cathy Marie Buchanan

BUCHANAN

In belle époque Paris, the Van Goethem sisters struggle for survival after the sudden death of their father, a situation that prompts young Marie’s ballet training and her introduction to a genius painter.


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The House Girl: A Novel
Tara Conklin

CONKLIN

Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate at a law firm, searches for the perfect plaintiff to lead a historic lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.


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The Orchardist: A Novel
Amanda Coplin

COPLIN

When two feral girls appear on his homestead, solitary orchardist Talmadge, who carefully tends the grove of fruit trees he has cultivated for nearly half a century, vows to save and protect them while trying to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.


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Canada
Richard Ford

FORD

After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, 15-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger who, unbeknownst to Dell, is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell’s quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan.


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The Stranger's Child
Alan Hollinghurst

HOLLINGHURST

Embraced by the family of his Cambridge schoolmate, Cecil Valance writes an inspiring poem in an autograph album that becomes a staple of every English classroom after he is killed during World War I.


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The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel
Adam Johnson

JOHNSON

The son of an influential father who runs an orphan work camp, Pak Jun Do rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il.


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Fever: A Novel
Mary Beth Keane

KEANE

A fictionalized account of the life of Typhoid Mary, an Irish immigrant who moved to New York at the turn of the century and became a successful cook, until the Department of Health noticed the trail of disease she left behind.


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The Flight of Gemma Hardy: A Novel
Margot Livesey

LIVESEY

Overcoming a life of hardship and loneliness, Gemma Hardy, a brilliant and determined young woman, accepts a position as an au pair on the remote Orkney Islands where she faces her biggest challenge yet.


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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Ayana Mathis

MATHIS

Traces the story of Great Migration-era mother Hattie Shepherd, who in spite of poverty and a dysfunctional husband uses love and Southern remedies to raise nine children and prepare them for the realities of a harsh world.


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The Secret Keeper: A Novel
Kate Morton

MORTON

Withdrawing from a family party to the solitude of her tree house, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking murder that throughout a subsequent half century shapes her beliefs, her acting career, and the lives of three strangers from vastly different cultures.


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The Buddha in the Attic
Julie Otsuka

OTSUKA

Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment.


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In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel
Vaddey Ratner

RATNER

Her life of privilege in Cambodia shattered by the outbreak of civil war on the streets of Phnom Penh, young Raami endures four years of loss, starvation, and brutal forced labor while clinging to memories of the legends and poems told to her by her father.


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The House I Loved
Tatiana de Rosnay

ROSNAY

Determined to protect her historical family home from Emperor Napoleon’s orders to renovate 1860s Paris, Rose Bazelet establishes a defense in the basement of her house on rue Childebert and records her experiences in letters to her late husband.


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The Light Between Oceans: A Novel
M.L. Stedman

STEDMAN

Moving his young bride to an isolated lighthouse home on Australia’s Janus Rock where the couple suffers miscarriages and a stillbirth, Tom allows his wife to claim an infant that has washed up on the shore, a decision with devastating consequences.


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The Turncoat: Renegades of the Revolution (Renegades of Revolution)
Donna Thorland

THORLAND

Rebel Kate Gray cannot resist the advances of British Major Peter Tremayne, but after a member of her own family steals his military dispatches, Peter, having narrowly escaped hanging, vows to get revenge on Kate.


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Girl Reading: A Novel
Katie Ward

WARD

A kaleidoscopic tale follows the experiences of seven women models from different historical periods, the artists for whom they sit, the factors that shape the creations of their portraits, and the ties that connect them to each other.


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