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...

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Looking for a plot-driven thriller? Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack disappears without a trace one May day just before sitting her college exams. Ten years on, her mother begins a new relationship with a new man. Over time, she uncovers uncanny connections between this...

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

Antonia Vega is a recently retired professor of English literature in a Vermont college town. When her husband dies suddenly, she is left adrift, wondering who she is in the world. Then her beloved sister disappears on the way to her Antonia’s birthday celebration. ...