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April 14/15The Tiger's WifeTea Obreht

​In the war-shattered Balkans, a young doctor searches for her grandfather, who has abandoned the entire family at a field hospital. To find him, she realizes that she must track down a strange character called "the deathless man," using clues from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Sounds partly fantastical, partly rooted in realities we should attend to, and completely original. An excerpt of this first novel got huge play in The New Yorker's 2009 fiction issue, and Obreht went on to publish in other big venues. There are high hopes for this book, which is being pitched to fans of Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss, Junot Diaz, and Aleksander Hemon; in other words, it's sharp, fresh, and on the edge. Watch this one.

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May 12/13Invention of WingsSue Monk Kidd
"The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined"
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June 9/10Aviator's WifeMelanie Benjamin

​For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charless assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. 

Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. 

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July 14/15Frog MusicEmma Donoghue

​Donoghue caught everyone's attention with Room, a visceral stunner that has sold more than 1.5 million copies and was a 2010 Man Booker Prize finalist. Her follow-up short story collection, Astray, demonstrated her uncanny ability to turn historical fact into affecting fiction. She'll doubtless do that again in this new novel, based on an unsolved murder in 1876 San Francisco. As the city is swept by smallpox and wrenching heat, Jenny Bonnet is shot to death through the window of a railroad saloon, and friend Blanche Beunon, a French burlesque dancer, meets the stuck-up wealthy, the desperately poor, and the determinedly bohemian as she searches of the killer. Not surprisingly, there's a 200,000-copy first printing and a ten-city tour.

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August 11/12Blue DiaryAlice Hoffman

​When Ethan Ford fails to show up for work on a brillant summer morning, none of his neighbors would guess that for more than thirteen years he has been running from his past. His true nature has been locked away, as hidden as his real identity. But sometimes locks spring open, and the devastating truths of Ethan's history shatter the small-town peace of Monroe, affecting family and friends alike.

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September 8/9I Am MalalaMalala Yousafzai

​On October 9, 2012, the teenaged Yousafzai was very nearly assassinated by members of the Taliban who objected to her education and womens rights activism in Pakistan. Currently, she lives in England, under threat of execution by the Taliban if she returns home. Lamb, who has been reporting from Pakistan for 26 years and was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times, helps Yousafzai tell her hugely significant story.

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October 13/14First FrostSarah Addison Allen

​Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beat-up suitcase.  He has stories to tell, stories that could change the lives of the Waverley women forever...

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November 10/18The Ocean at the End of the LaneNeil Gaiman

​It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.​