After her husband’s tragically early death, Kate is determined to find new happiness. First, she has to start looking in the right place. Lurching from one comedic crisis to the next, the midlife widow surfs unpredictable waves of grief amid solo parenting her five year old and wrangling a university fundraising job. Then there’s her overbearing mom and a Tinder-obsessed best friend, who’s determined to matchmake Kate with her hot new neighbor. The Last Love Note sweeps readers into unabated hopefulness and delivers them home with tears of laughter, loss, and joy— and a renewed faith in the resilience of the human heart.
The House of Plain Truth
Pearline leaves her life in Brooklyn and returns to her childhood home of Jamaica to care for her dying father, Rupert. Ostracized by her sisters for moving to America decades earlier and only coming “home” due to their father’s imminent passing, Pearline must assert her own familial identity as she strives to hold onto the family’s home over her sisters’ objections. A novel of fractured family and the search to protect – or discard – what unites them, this story traces one older woman’s decision to pursue and hold onto what has deep meaning to her in her blood and in her bones. It addresses what it means to uphold the wishes of those who have departed the world and how sometimes it is the most unlikely characters who crystallize what matters most.
Funny, heart-wrenching, and fearlessly candid, Patty Lin’s memoir pulls back the curtain on life as the lone Asian American woman in some of Hollywood’s most famous writers’ rooms (Friends, Freaks and Geeks, Desperate Housewives, and Breaking Bad). It’s an intimate and honest exploration of how she survived the simultaneous impact of criticism and stress, as her wildest dreams as a television writer came true—and how much we’re willing to sacrifice and compromise for success.
Hell If We Don’t Change Our Ways
A masterfully written memoir of self-preservation, Means tells the engrossing story of her upbringing as a Chicana girl whose family is overwhelmed by poverty, addiction, patriarchy, and violence. Spending her childhood riding shotgun as her mother runs from one abusive relationship to another, Means’s life is a blur of highways and traumas that collapse any effort to track time. With no money and only burned bridges behind them, Means is forced to take care of her younger brother, manage the instability of her home life, her mother’s unexpected comings and goings, and make sense of the troublesome world around her. Hell If We Don’t Change Our Ways will astonish and challenge readers—and will never be forgotten.
Wednesdays at One
A compulsively readable psychological thriller about a life upended when a mysterious woman arrives from nowhere and blurs the lines between one man’s current reality and his buried memories. A renowned clinical psychologist, Gregory Weber, has a seemingly idyllic life—a lovely wife, two kids, a thriving therapy practice, and a country club membership in an affluent Boston suburb. But lately, Gregory is starting to feel increasingly disconnected, retreating to his backyard shed and rebuffing any attempts of closeness with his wife and family. When a mysterious woman begins appearing in his office each week, Gregory’s life is upended and what was once clear is now thrown out of focus. Just who is this mysterious patient and how can Greg stop the lines between memory and reality from blurring completely?
Award-winning author Mary Otis of Yes, Yes, Cherries (“Amazing”—Lorrie Moore) delivers an arresting debut novel that explores the complexities between mothers and daughters, and the conflicting desires for connection and escape. Told from interwoven perspectives with writing as deft as a choreographed dance, this story delves into a mother-daughter relationship filled with immense heart in the face of heartbreak.