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The Next

Is there a right way to die? If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong. She’s consumed by betrayal, spending her numbered days cyberstalking Ned McGowan, much younger ex, and watching him thrive in the spotlight with someone new, while she wastes away. She’s every woman scorned, fantasizing about revenge. . .except she’s out of time.

Joanna falls from her life, from the love of daughters and devoted dog, into an otherworldly landscape, a bleak infinity she can’t escape until she rises up and returns and sets it right — makes Ned pay — so she can truly move on.

From the other side into right this minute, Jo embarks on a sexy, spiritual odyssey. As she travels beyond memory, beyond desire, she is transformed into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after.

The Nix

A Nix can take many forms. In Norwegian mythology, it is a spirit who appears as a white horse that steals children away. In Nathan Hill’s remarkable first novel, a Nix is anything you love that one day disappears, taking with it a piece of your heart. It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Andersen—college professor, stalled writer—has a Nix of his own: his mother. Decades ago, when he was a small boy, she abruptly walked out on the family. Now she’s reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news and beguiles the internet. She needs Samuel’s help. To save her he’ll have to uncover the secrets of her life, and in so doing perhaps reclaim his own. Moving from the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores—with both biting, side-splitting humor and fierce tenderness—the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.

Things We Have In Common

Fifteen-year-old Yasmin Doner is a social misfit—obese, obsessive, and deemed a freak by her peers at school. Struggling to cope since the death of her father and feeling an outsider in her mother’s new marriage, Yasmin yearns for a sense of belonging, finding comfort only in food and the fantasy of being close to Alice Taylor, a girl at school. Rejected by her classmates, Yasmin will do anything to become friends with pretty and popular Alice—even if Alice, like everyone else, thinks she’s a freak. When Yasmin sees a sinister man watching Alice from the school fence, she believes he is planning to abduct her. Yasmin decides to find out more about this man so that, when he takes Alice, she will be the only one who can save her—and so, will finally win her friendship. But as Yasmin forges a relationship with this man, who is kinder to her than anyone else, her affections begin to shift. Perhaps, she was wrong about him. Perhaps, she doesn’t need Alice after all. And then Alice vanishes.

Mischling

“One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year” (Anthony Doerr) about twin sisters fighting to survive the evils of World War II.

The Gentleman

A funny, fantastically entertaining debut novel, in the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, about a famous poet who inadvertently sells his wife to the devil—then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her. The novel centers on a group of adventurers on a dangerous quest, spiked with literary allusions and fantastic mechanisms. And the gauzy England of yesteryear is infused with magic (and delightful footnotes).

All Our Wrong Todays

This stunningly assured debut novel is an emotionally compelling and intellectually persuasive novel about the complex and infinite possibilities of life. Tom Barren, the lackluster, ever-disappointing son of a haughty, emotionally-insulated super-genius scientist, lives in a version of our world in which an incredible discovery in 1965 profoundly changed the course of history, creating a futuristic utopia free of conflict, where punk rock never existed because it was never needed. Mourning his recently deceased mother and Penelope, the girl of his dreams who has just broken his heart, Tom steals his father’s greatest invention and goes back in time to the moment of the world-changing discovery, his world erased in a fury of grief and stupidity as if it had never existed. Now stuck in our own 2015, he discovers a newly constituted version of his family and the woman he loved, and must decide whether to fix the flow of history, bring the billions of people living in edenic bliss back into existence and return to his natural dimension, or to try to make a life in our world where he has a girlfriend who just might believe his outrageous tale of alternate histories, a father who seems to genuinely love him, a mother who is very much not dead, and a soul mate of a sister who never existed in his original life. It is a story of friendship and family, of time machines and alternate realities, and of love in its multitude of forms

Commonwealth

The acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.

The Fire by Night

A powerful and gorgeously written debut about two military nurses working on the frontlines of WWII. Jo, raised in the Italian-Irish tenements of New York City, is in France, trapped behind enemy lines in a makeshift medical unit, where she refuses to leave her patients as the Germans advance and bombs fall around them. Jo’s best friend from nursing school is Kay, a small-town girl from Pennsylvania, who the Army sends halfway around the world, first to Pearl Harbor, and then to the tunnels of Corregidor in the Philippines, where she is taken captive by the Japanese and must nurse civilians in a POW camp. Indelible and revelatory, The Fire By Night shines a light on the American women who were as brave as any band of brothers, but whose heroic roles in World War II have mostly been left unsung.

 

Gaslight

London, 1885. A severed head is dredged from the Thames, while a woman’s body is discovered ten miles away. The famed American detective William Pinkerton is summoned by Scotland Yard to investigate. The dead woman fits the description of a grifter Pinkerton had been pursuing for a long time—someone he believed would lead him to Edward Shade, a man he has been hunting since his father’s death. Steven Price’s By Gaslight is an atmospheric portrait of a man on the brink. It’s the story of the most unlikely of bonds: between Pinkerton, the greatest detective of his age, and Shade, the one criminal he cannot outwit. Moving from the diamond mines of South Africa to the fog-enshrouded streets of Victorian London, the novel is a journey into a cityscape of grief, trust, and its breaking, where what we share can bind us even against our better selves.

When in French

When New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins moves to Geneva, Switzerland, she decides to learn French—not just to be able to go about her day-to-day life, but in order to be closer to her French husband and his family. When in French is at once a hilarious and idiosyncratic memoir about the things we do for love, and an exploration across cultures and history into how we learn languages, and what they say about who we are.