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SHELTERING IN PLACE? SPEND TIME WITH THESE GREAT CONTEMPORARY NOVELS

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Lori
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Right now, most of us have more free time than we could have ever imagined. And what could be better company than to spend the day with a good book? Here are five contemporary novels that make for great entertainment when staying at home. (Curbside pick-up at the store, or free shipping to your home—use code FREESHIP.) 

Gone So Long: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393357370
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 1st, 2019

When you open the pages of Gone So Long, the latest novel by Andre Dubus III, you surrender to writing of extraordinary precision and depth. It is a book that lovers of the written word will embrace, as too those seeking a compelling story. An angry husband attacks his young wife and for the survivors of this violent, horrific act the psychological wounds it inflicts overwhelm their everyday existence even many years later. Dubus paces his narrative masterfully, revealing each protagonist’s back story as the novel crests to its tense conclusion. Most stunning is Dubus’ skill in drawing the personalities of his characters with an empathetic incisiveness that reveals their vulnerabilities in prose, at once, raw and beautiful. A smart book that will appeal to (and deserves) a great many readers. - Lori Feathers


Cape May: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250297150
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Celadon Books - April 30th, 2019

We meet just-wed, high school sweethearts Henry and Effie in 1957 as they embark to the beach town of Cape May, New Jersey for their honeymoon, knowing little of the world beyond the Georgia farms and fields where they were raised. And when they are befriended by a clutch of worldly dilletantes, Henry and Effie come to realize just how little they know about each other. Chip Cheek’s impressive debut vividly captures an end of innocence and the awakening of desires that will indelibly mar the way that Henry and Effie see themselves and their marriage. With poignant, descriptive writing Cheek beautifully evokes the restless idealism of youth and the swift corruption of a young couple’s dreams for their idyllic future.  - Lori Feathers


The Captives: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747556
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Ecco - June 4th, 2019

What would you risk for love? That’s the question at the heart of Debra Jo Immergut’s compelling new novel, The Captives.  Frank is a psychologist at a women’s prison. When Miranda, an inmate, walks into his office for an initial consultation Frank immediately recognizes her as the girl that he was obsessed with in high school fifteen years earlier. Meanwhile Miranda is doing time for following her lover down an increasingly dangerous, crime-laden path that ultimately resulted in embezzlement and murder. Frank would do anything for Miranda and wants to prove it. Miranda cannot reciprocate Frank’s feelings, yet she cannot resist the opportunity for the freedom and new life that only he can offer. Immergut’s story is one of passionate desire confronting immorality, of careers and bright futures succumbing to lust. It is psychological, taut and masterfully written.  A real page-turner.    - Lori Feathers


Divide Me By Zero Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781947793422
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - October 15th, 2019

Divide Me By Zero is the captivating story of a middle-aged author and mother of two who, while caring for her terminally ill mother, tries to find meaning in her own life. From the time she was a small girl in the Soviet Union Katya admired her mother not only as the creator of acclaimed mathematics textbooks but because of the all-consuming love that she shared with Katya’s father. With humor, intelligence, and empathy, Vapnyar depicts the joys and disappointments of Katya’s married life in America alongside her indominable mother who is her closest friend and confident. As Katya writes her novel about love and death, she discovers that the math concepts in her mother’s final textbook apply to the human condition as well. At once both profound and funny, Divide Me By Zero is an inspired modern take on the classic Russian novel.   - Lori Feathers


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Frankissstein Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802129499
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Grove Press - October 1st, 2019

Winterson’s latest novel, Frankissstein, is absolutely exhilarating. It examines immortality and science’s ethical obligations through the alternating narratives of two people living centuries apart: Frankenstein author Mary Shelley and Ry, a transgendered medical doctor interested in cryogenics.  Winterson’s characters wrestle with the profound questions of what it means to be alive, how the brain could survive outside of its mortal body, and whether the soul would be reborn in a reanimated mind. What makes the novel extraordinary is the humanity, hubris and moral self-doubts of Winterson’s complex and wonderfully rendered actors. At turns irreverently funny and deeply sad, Winterson has created her own beautiful monster--a masterful, spinetingling tale that is unforgettable.   - Lori Feathers