Books that made us cry in 2019

Lanny

Lanny

Max Porter

Everyday lives conjure a tapestry of fabulism and domesticity. This village belongs to the people who live in it and to the people who lived in it hundreds of years ago. 

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 Read reviewThe Arsonist: A Mind on Fire

The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire

Chloe Hooper

A powerful real-life thriller written with Hooper's trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.     

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The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys is Colson Whitehead's follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning bestseller The Underground Railroad, in which he dramatizes another strand of United States history, this time through the...

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A Heart in a Body in the World

A Heart in a Body in the World

Deb Caletti

Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and friends, Annabelle, eighteen, runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma.

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Lie With Me

Lie With Me

Philippe Besson, Molly Ringwald

A gorgeous coming-of-age love story about two teenage boys in 1980s France.

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 Read reviewSick Bay

Sick Bay

Nova Weetman

Two very different Grade 6 girls meet in their school sick bay.

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original - poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling

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 Read reviewThe Great Believers

The Great Believers

Rebecca Makkai

The Carnegie Medal-winning novel of hope and heartbreak amidst the AIDs crisis, for fans of A Little Life and The Lacuna.

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 Read reviewThe Wild Robot

The Wild Robot

Peter Brown

A gloriously illustrated story of a robot's adventures in the wild

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The Friend

The Friend

Sigrid Nunez

Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion. 

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 Read reviewThe Girls

The Girls

Chloe Higgins

A memoir of enormous power: of family, loss, and sexuality which recalls Kate Holden, Fiona Wright or Sarah Krasnostein.

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The Yellow House

The Yellow House

Sarah M Broom

A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.

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