A list of books for people who enjoyed “The Goldfinch”. (2014)

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The Double Bind
Chris Bohjalian

BOHJALIAN

Laurel Estabrook’s life changes drastically after being attacked. She goes from being outgoing to withdrawn; her photography and work at a homeless shelter are now her life. Laurel meets Bobby, a mentally ill man, at the shelter with a box of photos he won’t let anyone see. When he dies, she discovers that he photographed celebrities. Laurel becomes obsessed and searches for the truth of his former life.


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Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Carol Rifka Brunt

BRUNT

There’s only one person who has ever truly understood 14-year-old June, and that’s her uncle Finn. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.


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The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton

CATTON

Arriving in New Zealand in 1866 to seek his fortune in the goldfields, Walter Moody finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.


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The Astral
Kate Christensen

CHRISTENSEN

The Astral is a huge rose-colored old pile of an apartment building in the gentrifying neighborhood of Greepoint, Brooklyn. For decades it was the happy home of the poet Harry Quirk, his wife, and their two children. But his wife found some poems of Harry’s that ignited her suspicions of infidelity, and kicked him out. Now Harry has to reckon with the consequences of his literary, marital, financial, and parental failures.


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Great Expectations
Charles Dickens

CLASSIC DICKENS

Orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman—and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.”


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The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh

DIFFENBAUGH

The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.


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The Round House
Louise Erdrich

ERDRICH

When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.


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The World to Come
Dara Horn

HORN

A million-dollar painting by Marc Chagall is stolen from a museum by unlikely thief, Benjamin Ziskind, a 30-year-old quiz-show writer. As Benjamin and his twin sister try to evade the police, they find themselves recalling their dead parents—the father who lost a leg in Vietnam, the mother who created children’s books—and their stories about trust, loss, and betrayal.


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The Lowland
Jhumpa Lahiri

LAHIRI

Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra pursue vastly different lives—Udayan in rebellion-torn Calcutta, Subhash in a quiet corner of America—until a shattering tragedy compels Subhash to return to India, where he endeavors to heal family wounds.


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Life of Pi
Yann Martel

MARTEL

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship in the Pacific, one solitary lifeboat remains, carrying a hyena, a zebra, a female orangutan, a Bengal tiger, and a 16-year-old Indian boy named Pi. His story is a dazzling work of imagination that will delight and astound listeners in equal measure. It is a triumph of storytelling and a tale that will as one character puts it, make you believe in God.


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Someone
Alice McDermott

MCDERMOTT

The story of a Brooklyn-born woman’s life—her family, her neighborhood, her daily trials and triumphs—from childhood to old age.


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The Son
Philipp Meyer

MEYER

Comanche Indian captive Eli McCullough must carve a place for himself in a world in which he does not fully belong—a journey of adventure, tragedy, hardship, grit, and luck that reverberates in the lives of his progeny.


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Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell

MITCHELL

Recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future, from a nineteenth-century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalyptic world.


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Skippy Dies
Paul Murray

MURRAY

Why does Skippy, a student at Dublin’s venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop? Could it have something to do with his friend Ruprecht Van Doren, who is determined to open a portal into a parallel universe using ten-dimensinoal string theory? Or Carl, the teenage drug dealer who is Skippy’s rival in love?


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Special Topics in Calamity Physics
Marisha Pessl

PESSL

A darkly funny coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood moving from one academic outpost to another with her father (a man prone to aphorisms and meteoric affairs), Blue is clever, deadpan, and possessed of a vast lexicon of literary, political, philosophical, and scientific knowledge. In her final year of high school at the elite (and unusual) St. Gallway School in Stockton, North Carolina, Blue falls in with a charismatic group of friends and their captivating teacher, Hannah Schneider. But when the drowning of one of Hannah’s friends and the shocking death of Hannah herself lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide—or misguide—her.


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The Interestings
Meg Wolitzer

WOLITZER

Forging a powerful bond in the mid-1970s that lasts throughout subsequent decades, six individuals pursue challenges into their midlife years, including an aspiring actress who harbors jealousy toward friends who achieve successful creative careers.


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