Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng, 2017

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.  In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

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The Button Man

Andrew Gross, 2018

This is a stirring story of a Jewish family brought together at the beginning of the women's garment business and torn apart by the birth of organized crime in New York City in the 1930s.  It is an historical suspense and police corruption novel , pitting an ordinary person , who happens to be the author’s grandfather, with core morality against seemingly overwhelming forces of evil.  

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Inheritance

Dani Shapiro, 2019

How would you react if, in adulthood, you realized  that your biological father was not your father?  This is the predicament in which author Dani Shapiro, found herself.   Shapiro, a well-regarded  author brought up as an Orthodox Jew,  has written a memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets--a n exploration of the staggering discovery she made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden  story of her own life.

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The Island of Sea Women

Lisa See, 2019

The book is set on the island of JeJu, Korea and follows two girls from different backgrounds as they work in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective.  Their relationship covers the years from Japanese colonialism in the 1930’s and ‘40’s, World War II, the Korean War up to the era of cell phones. Their friendship is tested during difficult times.  It is a fascinating look at life in a female dominated society where women work and men watch the children.

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