Below you'll find a fun mix of books - some fantasy, a splash of scifi, mystery, and literary fiction. Each book is extremely powerful in its own way and are all some of the most special books we have read as a staff. I hope you love them too!
You probably know that our staff is obsessed with N.K. Jemisin, but most customers have only picked up the Broken Earth trilogy. This is her first collection of short fiction, and there are stories in here that will blow you away - beautiful speculative fiction that truly comes off the page. Even if you aren't a big scifi reader I think you will really love the fantasy elements!
Piranesi is out next Tuesday and we are all SO excited about it! Clarke is a super talented fantasy writer known for her debut Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and PIranesi reflects on the symbol of the labyrinth in literature and culture, and is twisty, spellbinding, and totally magical.
Another book I think you will love is Still Lives, a mystery/thriller that takes place in the high-end art world. It is a fiercely feminist novel examining the violence against women found throughout art and classic mysteries. It is soooo good.
Silver Sparrow and Luster (below) are both very different novels about the effects outsiders can have on relationships. Tayari Jones' novel is beautifully written, a study in sisterhood as one daughter meets her half-sister. One is from her father's "traditional" family and the other is from his "secret" one.
Luster is so interesting because the outsider in the relationship (Edie, the main character) literally moves in with the man who she is having an affair with. I love how the novel spent less time on the husband and more time on Edie's relationship with his wife and daughter and all of the complications and discomfort that brings
I think you will also really love this one!! It is set in West Virginia in poverty-stricken Appalachia and the writing is so lush and beautiful. Honestly, I can't describe it better than this: " Mesha Maren's Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a break for another life, the use and treachery of makeshift families, and how, no matter the distance we think we've traveled from the mistakes we've made, too often we find ourselves standing in precisely the place we began."