There are few authors as skilled at illustrating the complex bonds between family members as Ann Patchett. Centered around a grand mansion in the suburbs of Philadelphia, her latest book is a dark fairytale about siblings Danny and Maeve Conroy who find themselves thrust into poverty after being exiled from their family home by their stepmother. It is a reversal of fortunes that underscores the unshakeable bond between Danny and Maeve, a relationship that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures. Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House follows two smart people who cannot overcome their past, returning throughout their lives to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost. But when at last Danny and Maeve must confront the people who have left them behind, the relationship between brother and sister is put to the test.
Continuing Martin Cruz Smith’s bestselling series, The Siberian Dilemma follows investigator Arkady Renko into Siberia to find missing journalist—and Renko’s part-time lover—Tatiana Petrovna. When she doesn’t arrive on her scheduled train, his intuition tells him that something is wrong, despite the assurances of others that Tatiana is known to disappear during deep assignments. However, in the course of his search for her, Renko discovers that Tatiana has been investigating an oligarch and political dissident whose reputation becomes suspect when his business partner turns up dead. In the latest razor-sharp installment from Martin Cruz Smith, filled with brutally cold nights, oil-wealthy oligarchs, and relentless criminals, it will require all of Renko’s wits for him and Tatiana to survive.
Lucy Kilgore is ready to leave behind her rural Tennessee hometown for a brighter future when a drunken night results in a pregnancy, derailing her plans. The father of her child, Jeptha Taylor, is one of the town’s least-admired residents, a charming ne’er-do-well burdened with a disreputable family legacy and doubts of his own self-worth. Together, Lucy and Jeptha work to form a family, despite neither having any idea how to do so and the odds stacked against them in a town with little to offer. With prose both tender and raw, Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne delivers a genuine and profound present-day Appalachian story, centered around two characters of depth and nuance whose journey will keep you riveted until the end.
Grad student Zachary Ezra Rawlins is studying in the library when he finds a mysterious book in the stacks. The stories within entrance him—until he discovers a memory from his own childhood described in the book. In the process of discovering how pieces of his life came to be recorded, he uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York. From there, Zachary follows the path onward as it propels him into a magical world of lost cities, pirates, artists, lovers, and new acquaintances with shifting alliances. Written in stunning prose, Erin Morgenstern has woven a fantastical tale for grownups that asks questions about the stories we read and why we read them.
In the wake of a police shooting of a black teenager, Los Angeles is as tense as it’s been since the early 1990s, but Grace Park and Shawn Matthews have their own issues to deal with. Grace is living in the Valley, working in the family-owned pharmacy with her Korean-immigrant parents, relatively happy except for the unexplained rift between her mother and sister. Shawn has had enough of politics and protest after an act of violence shattered his family years ago and now only wants to live a quiet life in Palmdale. When another terrifying crime hits LA and reveals long-hidden secrets, both families are forced to navigate their shared history. With astonishing insight, Steph Cha has crafted a powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in Los Angeles.
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The twenty-second book in the Harry Bosch series follows Bosch and LAPD Detective Renée Ballard as they come together to work on the murder case that haunted Bosch’s mentor. Passed on by his mentor’s widow, the case seems to be that of an ordinary drug deal gone wrong, but Ballard discovers that pieces of the initial investigation don’t add up. The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigation team, however their inquiries soon lead them to a troubling question: did Bosh’s mentor steal the record of the case to work it in retirement, or to make sure it was never solved? Written with masterful pacing and suspense, The Night Fire burns on the heels of Bosch and Ballard as they race toward the case’s conclusion.
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Rich in historical detail, simmering with intrigue, and based on a literary love story, The Secrets We Kept has something for everyone. As the Cold War rages, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given an outrageous assignment: smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR and help Pasternak’s magnum opus make its way into print. Sally Forrester is a beautiful, seasoned spy with expertise in pulling secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a novice who quickly learns how to operate in the world of espionage under Sally’s guidance. The Secrets We Kept combines the love story between Pasternak and his mistress-slash-muse with a compelling narrative about two women thrust into a life of conspiracy and peril. At its core is a message about how a single piece of art has the power to change the world.