The Last Runaway

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Category: Literary Fiction

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Deal starts: July 17, 2019

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New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and At the Edge of the Orchard Tracy Chevalier makes her first fictional foray into the American past in The Last Runaway, bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement. Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker, moves to Ohio in 1850--only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality. However, Honor is drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, where she befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.

The Core of the Sun

Author: Johanna Sinisalo

Category: Literary Fiction

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Deal starts: July 16, 2019

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The Finnish author of Troll: A Love Story delivers a work of “scathing satire . . . that sits somewhere between Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut” (NPR).  The Core of the Sun further cements Finlandia Award–winning author Johanna Sinisalo’s reputation as a master of literary speculative fiction and of her country’s unique take on it, dubbed “Finnish weird.”   In an alternative historical present, The Eusistocratic Republic of Finland has bred a new human sub-species of receptive, submissive women, called eloi, for sex and procreation, while intelligent, independent women are relegated to menial labor and sterilized so that they do not carry on their “defective” line. Vanna, raised as an eloi but secretly intelligent, needs money to find her sister, who has disappeared. Vanna forms a friendship with a man named Jare, and they become involved in buying and selling a stimulant known to the Health Authority to be extremely dangerous: chili peppers. Then Jare comes across a strange religious cult in possession of the Core of the Sun, a chili so hot that it is rumored to cause hallucinations—a temptation so enticing that it just might divert the addicted Vanna from her quest . . .   “A chilling tale reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale . . . A fascinating story centered on gender politics.” —The Washington Post

What You Don’t See

Author: Livi Hallahan

Category: Literary Fiction

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Deal starts: July 11, 2019

Deal ends: July 15, 2019

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FINALIST: National Indie Excellence Awards 2019

Playful, compelling, and deeply layered, What You Don’t See raises the stakes in friendship against the bittersweet backdrop of motherhood and the endlessly entertaining activities of well-heeled women’s groups. The story follows Livi, a spirited, outspoken PR executive, pivoting at thirty to full-time wife and mom. That goes better than imagined, until she gets entangled in an unpredictible relationship with another mom.

What You Don’t See—set in an affluent Southern California neighborhood and a local hangout bar on the Mississippi Gulf Coast—is anything but ordinary. There’s a talking, know-it-all cat; a large, menacing cockroach; and a host of colorful characters, stirring it up as Livi wrestles with timeless questions of truth, intimacy, friendship, and free will.

"From Mississippi to California, this very engaging story of two women and their relationship is full of depth and emotion. The characters are fantastic and very realistic. One comes away from the book with a sense of learning something important about how the world works."
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Judge

Stick Figures from Rockport

Author: Jennifer M Lane

Category: Literary Fiction

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Deal starts: July 14, 2019

Deal ends: July 18, 2019

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Tamsin Eliot isn’t half the painter her father was. She tried, but she didn’t inherit his talent. She didn’t inherit his sense of adventure, either, preferring to stay close to home. But after the death of her mother, she inherits her father's coat.

In its pocket, she finds a riddle - a crayon drawing of a lone stick figure, signed by a child named Ida and tucked in an envelope from Rockport. It doesn’t line up with anything she recalls.

In search of Ida she packs her bags and takes a reluctant trip to Rockport, the source of her happiest childhood memories and inspiration for her father’s most cherished art. But for all her doubts about straying far from home and finding Ida, she hasn’t calculated the cost. Will chasing after family secrets destroy her relationship with her only sister? Will shining light on old truths cast shadows on memories of her beloved father and obscure her view of the past?

STICK FIGURES FROM ROCKPORT is a story of loss and recovery, an ode to the family you come from, the family you choose, and the landscapes that shape who we are. Lane reminds us that we are forever tied to the places we come from and you can go home again, but you may be different for the journey.

The Joy Luck Club

Author: Amy Tan

Category: Literary Fiction

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Deal starts: July 13, 2019

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“The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich AsiansAmy Tan’s beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue.With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

Sigga of Reykjavik

Author: Solveig Eggerz

Category: Literary Fiction

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Deal starts: July 11, 2019

Deal ends: July 13, 2019

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Meet Sigga, a spirited young woman who flees the abusive conditions on an Icelandic farm, only to face grinding poverty in Depression-era Reykjavik. Her struggle for independence runs parallel to Iceland’s quest for freedom from Danish dominance. Born a century before the Me-Too movement, Sigga supports her family, working among men who learn never to touch her without her permission.

Adventurous, optimistic, and always practical, Sigga is thrilled when World War II brings Iceland out of centuries of isolation. Thousands of Allied forces occupy the country, bringing money and work. But moral dilemmas abound as Sigga seeks to financially exploit the occupation while at the same time protecting her young and beautiful red-headed daughter from soldiers.