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Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham
ABRAHAM
Twin sisters Bibike and Ariyike are enjoying a relatively comfortable life in Lagos in 1996 until their parents' marriage collapses. The twin sisters and their two younger siblings, Andrew and Peter, are thrust into the reluctant care of their traditional Yoruba grandmother. Inseparable while they had their parents to care for them, the twins' paths diverge once the household shatters. Each girl is left to locate, guard, and hone her own fragile source of power.
Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
ERDRICH
A novel based on the life of Erdrich's grandfather, who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C.
Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
HARGRAVE
After a storm has killed off all the island's men, two women in a 1600s Norwegian coastal village struggle to survive against both natural forces and the men who have been sent to rid the community of alleged witchcraft.
Zed: a novel by Joanna Kavenna
KAVENNA
In an identity-challenged world dominated by a global media and tech corporation that anticipates every human need, a murder-by-robot case reveals either a deadly human error or the work of a paradigm-changing hacker.
I Know You Know Who I Am by Peter Kispert
KISPERT
Throughout this striking debut collection we meet characters who have lied, who have sometimes created elaborate falsehoods, and who now must cope with the way that those deceptions eat at the very fabric of their lives and relationships.
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
MCBRIDE
In the aftermath of a 1969 Brooklyn church deacon’s public shooting of a local drug dealer, the community’s African-American and Latinx witnesses find unexpected support from each other when they are targeted by violent mobsters.
Weather by Jenny Offill
OFFILL
Hired by her famous podcaster mentor to answer letters from increasingly polarized fans, a librarian who has acquired her education from a lifetime spent reading struggles between the limits of her knowledge and growing crises in the outside world.
Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey
POPKEY
Comprised almost exclusively of conversations between women, a collection of stories explores themes ranging from sex and violence to shame and self-sabotage as they impact two decades of life for a recklessly thrill-seeking unnamed narrator.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
RUSSELL
A brilliant, all-consuming read that explores the psychological dynamics of an emotional and sexual relationship between a precocious yet naive teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher.
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
STUART
A young boy growing up in a rundown 1980s Glasgow public housing facility pursues some semblance of a normal life as his older siblings move on and his mother increasingly succumbs to alcoholism.
Real Life by Brandon Taylor
TAYLOR
Keeping his head down at a lakeside Midwestern university where the culture is in sharp contrast to his Alabama upbringing, an introverted African-American biochem student endures unexpected encounters that bring his orientation and defenses into question.
Oligarchy by Scarlett Thomas
THOMAS
It's already the second week of term when Natasha, the daughter of a Russian oligarch, arrives at a vast English country house for her first day of boarding school. When her friend Bianca mysteriously vanishes, the world of the school gets ever darker and stranger.
The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao
TSAO
Following the fate of one family over the course of two decades in Nigeria, this debut novel tells the story of each sibling’s search for agency, love, and meaning in a society rife with hypocrisy but also endless life
Creatures by Crissy Van Meter
VAN METER
Set on a fictional island off the coast of Southern California, this is a lyrical, inventive, and edgy literary debut in which a woman on the eve of her wedding must reckon with her chaotic but also free-spirited upbringing, her dysfunctional parents, and her attempts to love unconditionally as an adult despite never having been taught how.
Apartment by Teddy Wayne
WAYNE
A man who offers a rent-free bedroom in his illegal sublet of a rent-stabilized NYC apartment and the working-class Midwestern Columbia student who takes it develop a friendship that eventually clashes over politics, socioeconomic identity and privilege in 1996.
Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata
ZAPATA
Decades after a 1929 Dominican immigrant writer passes away believing her final manuscript was destroyed, a Chicago lawyer discovers the book and endeavors to learn the woman’s remarkable story against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.