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American War by Omar El Akkad

A first novel by an award-winning journalist depicts a second American Civil War and devastating plague in the late 21st century that forces a family into a camp for displaced people, where a young woman is befriended by a mysterious functionary who would transform her into a living weapon....

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Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

Judith "Jack" Chen, a scientist-turned-drug pirate, travels the world in a submarine to bring cheap medicine to the poor, but when her latest drug hack results in a trail of lethal overdoses, she is pursued by a jaded military agent and his robotic partner....

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The Boat People by Sharon Bala

Journeying to what he hopes will be a new life with his young son on a rusty cargo ship with 500 fellow refugees from Sri Lanka's civil war, a young father arrives on Vancouver's shores, where the group is thrown into a detention processing center and threatened with deportation amid accusations of terrorism....

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The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

A young con artist of unsurpassed talent inadvertently summons a mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, revealing the existence of true magic before the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom falls into her hands....

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The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

Fans of Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Julie Klassen will enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister's daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God's grace and the true strength of love. (From publisher description)...

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The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky

A unique Chaim Soutine work of art connects the lives and fates of two different women, generations apart, in a debut novel that moves from World War II Vienna to contemporary Los Angeles....

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The Garden of Small Beginnigs by Abbi Waxman

Rendered a single mom after her husband's fatal car accident, textbook illustrator Lillian recruits her young daughters and supportive sister to help her do research for a boutique vegetable guide at the Los Angeles Botanical Garden, where a patient instructor and quirky gardeners help her grieve and find healing....

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Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Desperately wishing to be reunited with her abusive, drug-addicted birth mother at any cost in spite of finding herself in a wonderful foster home, an autistic 14-year-old struggles to make sense of her world by engaging in strict routines and avoiding the people who would love her....

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Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman

Investigating a murder complicated by the killer's strategic approaches to confounding all possible DNA evidence, private detective Nils Shapiro is forced by FBI interference to secretly uncover the potentially shattering identity of a mysterious woman....

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Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Struggling with disillusionment in the aftermath of a broken engagement, Ruth moves back home with her parents to discover that her professor father's erratic memory loss and her mother's eccentricity are manifesting in near-comical ways that help Ruth transform her grief....

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The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

Betrayed by his usurping stepfather during his return trip to his ancestral lands, a young warrior resolves to exact revenge and claim the woman he loves at the side of a strong Norse fighter rumored to be a prophesied king....

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The Idiot by Elif Batuman

Embarking on her freshman year at Harvard in the early tech days of the 1990s, a young artist and daughter of Turkish immigrants begins a correspondence with an older mathematics student from Hungary while struggling with her changing sense of self, first love and a daunting career prospect....

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If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss

One of innumerable women in a North Carolina mountain town facing a bleak future with a dangerous alcoholic husband, Sadie considers a different life when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for the entire community....

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The Leavers by Lisa Ko

An award-winning debut novel follows the experiences of a Chinese youth who when his undocumented worker mother fails to return home is adopted by a family that attempts to make him over as an American teen while he struggles to reconcile his new life with memories of the family he left behind....

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My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Enduring an isolated existence after the death of her mother, 14-year-old Turtle roams the rocky shores and tide pools of the California coast and refutes every outside attempt to engage her before an unexpected friendship with a newcomer helps her realize the vulnerabilities of her life with her charismatic father....

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Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

A dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents before facing an impossible choice that tests her loyalties to the agency and her own family....

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No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts

A tale inspired by The Great Gatsby is set in the contemporary South and follows the difficulties endured by an extended black family with colliding visions of the American dream....

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No Other World by Rahul Mehta

A 1980s Indian-American immigrant family struggles with cultural differences, past secrets, arranged marriage and a gay son's coming-of-age in a homophobic community....

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The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper

A tale inspired by the life of Louisa May Alcott's youngest sister finds young May longing to study art outside of the confines of her Concord home before turning down a marriage proposal and pursuing an identity in contrast to the spoiled and worldly character of Amy in her sister's famed novel....

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Purgatory Road by Samuel Parker

After Jack and his wife get lost on a day trip outside Las Vegas, they run into a desert hermit who has no intention of providing assistance and also encounter a kidnapped runaway and her mentally unstable and possibly dangerous abductor....

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Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

Foreseeing blessings and troubles in the lives of her daughter and grandchildren, Salma endures hardships stemming from the Six-Day War of 1967 in Palestine before rebuilding in Kuwait, before the family is scattered by Saddam Hussein's regime....

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See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

A reimagining of the infamous Lizzie Borden murder case profiles a volatile and loveless Borden home where the events surrounding the shocking murders of the parents are presented from the viewpoints of Lizzie, her elder sister, their housemaid and an enigmatic stranger....

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The Shell: Memoirs of a Hidden Observer by Mustafa Khalifa; translated by Paul Starkey

Syrian political-commentator-in-exile Khalifa presents a powerful and important debut novel in the form of a diary kept by a Syrian who returns home after studying film in France and is inexplicably thrown into a horrific desert prison. (From Booklist description)...

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Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Secure in the love of her husband in spite of cultural pressures for him to have a polygamous marriage, Yejide is overwhelmed by shock and pain when her initial inability to become pregnant compels her husband to take a second wife, a situation that leads to her own desperate and fateful quest to conceive a child....

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The Waking Land by Callie Bates

After the king who raised her like a daughter dies, Elanna returns to her estranged father and her foresaken homeland where magical powers begin to stir within her, powers that will help her lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once swore allegiance....

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What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

Raised in America, the multiracial daughter of a mother from Johannesburg struggles with her mother's terminal cancer and her own need to find love and a place to belong, quests shaped by losses, changes in her sense of identity and unexpected motherhood....

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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

An agoraphobic recluse languishes in her New York City home, drinking wine and spying on her neighbors, before witnessing a terrible crime through her window that exposes her secrets and raises questions about her perceptions of reality....

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