Self Portrait with Boy

Rachel Lyon, 2018

A compulsively readable and electrifying debut about an ambitious young female artist who accidentally photographs a boy falling to his death--an image that could jumpstart her career, but would also devastate her most intimate friendship. One day, in the background of a self-portrait, Lu accidentally captures on film a boy falling past her window to his death. The photograph turns out to be , the best work of art she's ever made. It's an image that could change her life...if she lets it.  Set in early 90s Brooklyn on the brink of gentrification, Self-Portrait with Boy is a provocative commentary about the emotional dues that must be paid on the road to success, and a brilliant debut from novelist Rachel Lyon.

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Laura McHugh, 2017

When Arden Arrowood was four years old, her two-year-old twin sisters were stolen from the front yard of their hometown of Keokuk, Iowa, on the Mississippi River while Arden watched. Twenty years later, she returns home to confront the darkest part of her past. As the mystery unravels, the novel explores the reliability of memory, the stories we tell ourselves, and the power of love 

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The War that Saved My Life

Brubaker Bradley. Kimberly, 2015

Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him  So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

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Waking Lions

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, 2014

Winner of the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize for 2017, Gundar-Goshen’s novel is a combination psychological thriller, crime novel, and morality play.  It revolves around Dr. Eitan Green, a respected neurosurgeon who has been exiled to the remote southern town of Beersheva.   Due to a road accident, he is blackmailed into establishing an underground clinic to treat undocumented African immigrants, keeping the information from his police detective wife.  To be adapted into a television series by NBC.

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The Pearl that Broke It's Shell

Nadia Hashimi, 2014

This book looks at the unspoken lives of two Afghani women, separated my generations.  Based on historical figures and contemporary figures,  it  incorporates stories of survival with tales of motherhood and inner strength.  

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