The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

In Dublin in 1918, the war is still raging in Europe and the city is confronting the dangerous new flu pandemic. Nurse Julia Powell presides over a tiny maternity ward set aside for pregnant women who have contracted the flu. In this understaffed ward, new life and...

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Two half-sisters are born in Ghana in the 18th century in neighboring villages. They are unaware of each other’s existence.  One is captured and sold into slavery from the Cape Coast Castle occupied by Englishmen. The other marries one of those Englishmen, and lives a...

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Nina works in a bookstore and lives alone in an artsy enclave in Los Angeles with her cat, Phil. She is a voracious reader, she runs several book clubs for the store, and she is a fierce bar trivia competitor. She is fatherless, she thinks, but the death of a wealthy...

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The book opens up with a girl named Hal who is broke fortune-teller in a beach boardwalk. She receives a letter inviting her a funeral of someone who shares her last name, and the letter indicates it is a relative who will most likely leave her a good sum of money....

Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay

This has been called a domestic noir novel and I couldn’t agree more. It focuses on two women, Jane and Marnie, who have been best friends since they were kids. Marnie falls in love with Charles, and naturally asks her best friend what she thinks of him. Jane lies and...