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http://mcarthur.pastperfect-online.com/39296cgi/mweb.exe?request=ksAll The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

 

 

An unnecessary woman by Rabih AlameddineAn Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
A love letter to literature and its power to define who we are, this is a nuanced rendering of one woman’s life in the Middle East.

 

An untamed state by Roxane GayAn Untamed State by Roxane Gay
A debut novel about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

 

 

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki MurakamiColorless Tsukuri Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it.

 

 

Euphoria by Lily KingEuphoria by Lily King
Frustrated by his research efforts and depressed over the death of his brothers, Andre Banson runs into two fellow anthropologists, a married couple, in 1930s New Guinea and begins a tumultuous relationship with them.

 

 

Everything I never told you by Celeste NgEverything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which families struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

 

 

The free by Willy VlautinThe Free by Willy Vlautin
A confrontation of issues facing modern America–illuminated through the lives of a wounded vet, a nurse, and a night watchman–who are looking for a way out of their financial, familial, and existential crises in this heartbreaking and hopeful novel.

 

Fourth of July creek by Smith HendersonFourth Of July Creek by Smith Henderson
In this shattering and iconic American novel, Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation’s disquieting and violent contradictions.

 

The headmaster's wife by Thomas Christopher GreeneThe Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Green
Found wandering naked and mentally traumatized in Central Park, the headmaster of an elite boarding school imparts a story that is shaped by complicated memories, the evolution of a loving relationship, and a tragedy he cannot comprehend.

 

The high divide by Lin EngerThe High Divide by Lin Enger
Abandoned by her husband and her two sons who went out to search for him, Gretta Pope must follow her family across the rugged badlands of 1880s Montana.

 

 

Hold the dark by William GiraldiHold The Dark by William Giraldi
When wolves begin attacking children in Keelut, Alaska, at the start of a particularly brutal winter, Russell Core arrives to investigate and must keep an abusive husband from finding his missing wife after beginning a grief-fueled rampage.

 

The invention of wings by Sue Monk KiddThe Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.

 

The laughing monsters by Denis JohnsonThe Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson
A literary spy thriller set in Africa, where an intelligence agent is caught up in a get rich quick scheme, Johnson’s Laughing Monsters is a high-suspense tale of kaleidoscoping loyalties in the post-9/11 world.

 

 

Let me be frank with you by Richard FordLet Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Frank Bascombe travels to the site of his former home on the shore, visits his ex-wife, who is suffering with Parkinson’s, and meets a dying former friend.

 

 

Lila by Marilynne RobinsonLila by Marilynne Robinson
Abandoning her homeless existence to become a minister’s wife, Lila reflects on her hardscrabble life on the run with a canny young drifter and her efforts to reconcile her painful past with her husband’s gentle Christian worldview.

 

The Lobster Kings by Alexi ZentnerThe Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner
A story inspired by the plot of “King Lear” relates the fortunes of a family who has reaped the sea’s bounty on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, but pays for it with the loss of every firstborn son.

 

 

On Such A Full Sea by Chang-Rae LeeOn Such A Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee
In a class-divided future America where urban neighborhoods function as labor colonies for elite charter villages, Fan, a female fish-tank diver, embarks on what becomes a legendary quest to find the man she loves in a region overcome by anarchic forces.

 

Redeployment by Phil KlayRedeployment by Phil Klay
Takes us to the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan, and asks us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

 

The Remedy For Love by Bill RoorbachThe Remedy For Love by Bill Roorbach
Two strangers as different as could be imagined are stranded together in a ferocious winter storm with no possible way to contact the outside world, and no assurance of rescue; a harrowing story about the truths we reveal when there is no time or space for artifice.

 

Remember me like this by Bret Anthony JohnstonRemember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston
A gripping novel with the pace of a thriller but the nuanced characterization and deep empathy of some of the literary canon’s most beloved novels. With a sophisticated and emotionally taut plot and shimmering prose, we see that only in caring for one another can we save ourselves.

 

The Rise And Fall Of Great Powers by Tom RachmanThe Rise And Fall Of Great Powers by Tom Rachman
Enduring life in an isolated bookstore on the Welsh countryside, young American woman Tooly reflects on her childhood under the care of bandits before a long-lost boyfriend offers clues to help her with unanswered questions.

 

Shotgun lovesongs by Nickolas ButShotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
A remarkable and uncompromising saga that explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again–and the kind of steely faith and love returning requires.

 

 

The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira JacobThe Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob
Decades after an interrupted visit to his mother’s home in 1979 India triggers a haunting series of events, brain surgeon Thomas Eapen begins having conversations with his dead relatives, prompting his career-beleaguered wife to investigate a painful family history. Debut novel.

 

The Spinning Heart by Donal RyanThe Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
In the aftermath of Ireland’s financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds.

 

 

The Wind Is Not A River by Brian PaytonThe Wind Is Not A River by Brian Payton
A gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife–separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil–fight to reunite in Alaska’s starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands.

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    1. Martha f. Barkley

      What a great list of reads for Maine…The Invention of Wings is a charleston story worthy of note due to the amazing Grimke sisters. Sue Monk Kidd truly weaves an historic novel of note with enough local color and reality to make the reader wonder about gifts of slaves to those who do not wish to participate in the system.

      I have found the later history of the Grimke sisters even more amazing as they worked in the north for abolition…maybe Kidd will write a sequel? The Grimke relatives inter marriage with blacks, etc.

      Euphoria is a book recognized nationally at the recent book awards, nominated as one of five best…it is a book recommended to me last summer in the Waterville bookshop on Main Street. Martha in charleston, sc
      PS Bill Roorbach is a local author of note that I have always enjoyed readng, too…

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