A compulsively readable novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in NYC just as the Great Recession hits.
Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton
A powerful, authentic voice for a generation of women whose struggles were erased from history. Pregnant, left behind by her lover, and banished from her Quaker home and teaching position, Lilli gives birth at an institution for unwed mothers in 1883 Philadelphia. She is told she must give up her daughter but refuses.
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
This is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes facing up to our former selves helps us begin truly living. A brilliant novel from author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future.
Circe by Madeline Miller
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--possessing the power of witchcraft that can menace even the gods. Banished by Zeus, she crosses paths with famous mythological figures, including the Minotaur, Icarus, Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.