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"A homestead far from prying eyes offers Adelaide a fresh start in 1915 Montana. She makes a few female friends -- after all, lone women need to stick together. But a secret that won't be contained or silenced soon threatens her new life. Horror mixed with resilient characters in complex relationships make this a must-read for fans of A Dangerous Business and When Women Were Dragons."
Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
NoveList read-alike: Devil's Call by J. Danielle Dorn
All That Is Mine I Carry With Me: A Novel by William Landay"The Larkin siblings face years of sadness and questions after their mother disappears. Many speculate their father killed her, but he's always maintained his innocence. What is the truth? The story spans several decades and features multiple narrators, including the mother. The characters are deftly explored and are very raw and real. For readers of suspenseful fiction and family dramas."
Cyndi Larsen, Avon Free Public Library, Avon, CT
NoveList read-alike: It's One of Us by J.T. Ellison
Clytemnestra: A Novel by Costanza Casati"This triumphant retelling of Greek legend traces Clytemnestra's life through her childhood in warring Sparta to her marriage and the end of the Trojan War. Casati fully fleshes out the mythical queen's character -- fierce and unyielding but also soft and mournful. For readers of Madeline Miller's historical fiction."
Magen Hill, Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount, NC
NoveList read-alike: Elektra by Jennifer Saint
The Gospel of Orla by Eoghan Walls"Orla manages the best she can with a little sister and an alcoholic dad, but she misses her mother, who died too soon. When she meets a man who seems to have the power of resurrection, she plans to bring him to her mother's grave, beginning a heartbreaking journey into adulthood and acceptance. Readers of this lyrical debut will wish spunky Orla all the best."
Katharine Phenix, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, CO
NoveList read-alike: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Hang the Moon: A Novel by Jeannette Walls"Walls' latest coming-of-age novel about love, loss, and the grey areas of the law is set in Prohibition-era small-town Virginia. This is a must-read for anyone who craves fiction that has unforgettable characters, a relatively quick pace for literary fiction, and a well-researched background. For fans of Sue Monk Kidd and Kaye Gibbons."
Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier Public Library, Warrenton, VA
NoveList read-alike: Over the Fence by Mary Monroe
Hello Beautiful: A Novel by Ann Napolitano"A man's tragic past and the intersection of his relationship with the sisters of the Padavano family is at the heart of this story. Napolitano skillfully creates a believable narrative to show the effects of trauma, depression and broken relationships on those around us. The novel has a hopeful message that is full of love."
Michelle Williams, Carlsbad City Library, Carlsbad, CA
NoveList read-alike: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
A House With Good Bones by T. Kingfisher"Readers should eagerly await this phenomenal book. It's deliciously creepy with a shocking twist, but also has incredibly sweet family dynamics (not including the haunting grandmother), an excellent level of humor to balance the tension, and, as a former archaeologist, I can say it has one of the best fictional portrayals of an archaeologist that I've come across."
Matthew Galloway, Anythink Libraries, Thornton, CO
NoveList read-alike: How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
The London Séance Society: A Novel by Sarah Penner"Lenna Wickes came to Paris in 1873 to apprentice for Vaudeline D'Allaire, a renowned spiritualist. Vaudeline is called back to the London Seance Society. Lenna joins her to find out who murdered her sister Evie. Can they figure out what happened before they wind up dead too? Penner clearly researched the spiritualism movement of the Victorian era and spun a suspenseful tale."
Shari Suarez, GDL-Johnson Memorial, Genesee, MI
NoveList read-alike: A Dreadful Splendor by B.R. Myers
The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen by KJ Charles"This poignant romance is an absolute joy! The story incorporates Joss's identity as a biracial Black man but doesn't make it a hurdle that the romance has to surmount. Gareth's understanding of himself, and his honesty, was really refreshing to read in a Regency. And it has been far too long since there was a landed gentry/smuggler romance."
Dontanà McPherson-Joseph, Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park, IL
NoveList read-alike: The Soldier's Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian
Weyward: A Novel by Emilia Hart"Men are always trying to dominate the Weyward women, but they always fail, because the Weyward women can call birds to their aid. This matriarchal clan of witches is almost broken until Kate, who stars in the most recent of the three timelines. Practical Magic meets Margaret Atwood in an unflinching feminist fantasy that is boiling over with rage and loaded with empowerment."
Jill Minor, Washington County Library, Abingdon, VA
NoveList read-alike: Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese
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