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Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You

Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You

Scotto Moore

A mindmelting, sardonic, gonzo trip...

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The Motel Life

The Motel Life

Willy Vlautin

Opening like an early Tom Waits barstool-tale, The Motel Life tells the story of two brothers, Frank and Jerry Lee.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward

An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.

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Blood

Tony Birch

From the much-loved author of Shadowboxing comes a stunning debut novel in the tradition of Honey Brown, Chris Wommersley, and Kenneth Cook's Wake in Fright .  

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The Last Days of California

The Last Days of California

Mary Miller

A teenage girl and her unraveling family travel cross-country in preparation for the Rapture in this radiant, highly anticipated debut.

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Station Eleven

Emily St. John Mandel

One snowy night in Toronto famous actor Arthur Leander dies on stage whilst performing the role of a lifetime. That same evening a deadly virus touches down in North America. The world will never be the same again.

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Dirt Music

Dirt Music

Tim Winton

'Wonderfully alive, inventive and assured.' The Age Georgie Jutland is a mess. At forty, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can...

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On The Road: Popular Penguins

On The Road: Popular Penguins

Jack Kerouac

Focuses on the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, and chill dawns and drugs, dealing with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat.

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On Such A Full Sea

On Such A Full Sea

Chang-rae Lee

From the beloved award-winning author of Native Speaker and The Surrendered, a highly provocative, deeply affecting story of one woman's legendary quest in a shocking, future America

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Nevada

Nevada

Imogen Binnie

The darkly comedic story of Maria Griffiths, a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out her girlfriend has lied to her, the world she thought...

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The Road

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men who...

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The Pea Pickers

The Pea Pickers

Eve Langley

Steve and Blue are two girls who, dressed as men, are taken on as itinerant workers. But their disguise is partial - and their quest is for love. For Blue, the novel ends in marirage; but not for Steve. For her, desire is never...

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The Wangs vs The World

The Wangs vs The World

Jade Chang

Charles Wang has just lost the cosmetics fortune he built up since emigrating to the US. Gone are the houses, the cars, and the incredible lifestyle. Faced with this loss, he decides to take his family on a trip to China and...

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Swallow The Air

Swallow The Air

Tara June Winch

When May's mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by an aunt. However their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn't want them. May sets off to find her father and her...

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Flaming Iguanas: An All-Girl Road Novel Thing!

Flaming Iguanas: An All-Girl Road Novel Thing!

Erika Lopez

In the tradition of such trendsetting wanderers as Jack Kerouac and Thelma and Louise comes the tale of a one-of-a-kind heroine on a sea-to-shining-sea, all-girl adventure. Line drawings.

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Floundering

Romy Ash

Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared. Now Loretta's returned, and she wants her boys back. Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her...

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