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 Read reviewBetween a Wolf and a Dog

Between a Wolf and a Dog

Georgia Blain

Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the woes of the middle class. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her...

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 Read reviewThe Turner House

The Turner House

Angela Flournoy

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My Name Is Lucy Barton

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Elizabeth Strout

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront the tension and longing that have...

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 Read reviewThe Dinner

The Dinner

Herman Koch, Sam Garrett

An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives--all over the course of one meal.

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Anna Karenina (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Anna Karenina (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Leo Tolstoy, Louise Shanks Maude, Aylmer Maude

Set against the backdrop of Russian high society, this novel charts the course of the doomed love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer who pursues Anna after becoming infatuated...

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Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You

Celeste Ng

A haunting debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation

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We the Animals

We the Animals

Justin Torres

A spellbinding debut novel; three brothers come of age in a poverty stricken town in upstate New York.

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The Strays

The Strays

Emily Bitto

On her first day of school, Lily Struthers meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde artist Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other...

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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Ayana Mathis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'I can't remember when I read anything that moved me quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison.' Oprah Winfrey'Mathis traces the fates of Hattie's 12 children and grandchildren over the course of...

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The Family Fang

The Family Fang

Kevin Wilson

Caleb and Camille Fang have dedicated their lives to making great art. But for their children, Annie and Buster, who have been unwillingly involved in their parents' crazy performances for as long as they can remember, their art...

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 Read reviewSwamplandia!

Swamplandia!

Karen Russell

The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline and Swamplandia!, their island home in the Florida Everglades and gator-wrestling theme park, is swiftly being encroached upon by a sophisticated competitor known as The World...

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I Capture The Castle

I Capture The Castle

Dodie Smith, Valerie Grove

Cassandra Mortmain lives with her impoverished family in a crumbling castle. Her journal records her life with her bored sister Rose, her stepmother Topaz, her little brother Thomas and her novelist father who suffers from a...

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The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides

Jeffrey Eugenides

Previously adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola starring Kirsten Dunst, this is the story of the five Lisbon sisters - beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the entire neighbourhood.

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Geek Love

Geek Love

Katherine Dunn

A special twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Katherine Dunn's extraordinary cult classic, with a new introduction by the author.

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White Teeth

White Teeth

Zadie Smith

Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, this book is...

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One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This magical realist novel tells the history of the Buendias family, the founders of Macondo, a remote South American settlement. In the world of the novel there is a Spanish galleon beached in the jungle, a flying carpet, and an...

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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott

Features an epic of the Joad family, forced to travel west from Dust Bowl era Oklahoma in search of the promised land of California.

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The Man Who Loved Children

The Man Who Loved Children

Christina Stead

Sam and Henny Pollit are a warring husband and wife, he a fully blown narcissist and she spoiled and prone to fits of despair. Christina Stead's masterpiece about family life is acknowledged as a contemporary classic of Australian...

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Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey

J. D. Salinger

Written in Salinger's typically irreverent style, these two stories offer a touching snapshot of the distraught mindset of early adulthood and are full of the insightful emotional observations and witty turns of phrase that have...

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Tigers in Red Weather

Tigers in Red Weather

Liza Klaussmann

The epitome of East Coast glamour, Tiger House is where the beautiful and the damned have always come to play in summer, scene of martinis and moonlit conspiracies, and newly inherited by the sleek, beguiling Nick. The Second...

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 Read reviewThe Lowland

The Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri

An outstanding new collection of stories that explore the heart of family life and the immigrant experience, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake

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 Read reviewA Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread

Anne Tyler

The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments...

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The Corrections

The Corrections

Jonathan Franzen

From the author of 'Freedom', a richly realistic and darkly hilarious masterpiece about a family breakdown in an age of easy fixes.

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May We Be Forgiven

May We Be Forgiven

A. M. Homes

May We Be Forgiven is an unnerving, funny tale of unexpected intimacies and of how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together.

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A Game of Thrones Book 1: A Song of Ice and Fire

A Game of Thrones Book 1: A Song of Ice and Fire

George R. R. Martin

The first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy. There is passion here, and misery and charm, grandeur and squalor, tragedy, nobility and courage.  Now a major HBO series starring Sean Bean and a...

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We Need To Talk About Kevin Film Tie-In

We Need To Talk About Kevin Film Tie-In

Lionel Shriver

Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and a popular algebra teacher. Because he was only 15 at the time of the killings, he received a lenient...

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This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You

Jonathan Tropper

The Richard & Judy-selected author returns with a touching and hilarious new novel.

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 Read reviewWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014

Karen Joy Fowler

Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished...

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