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A taut legal thriller, this debut novel truly has it all – a devious plot, slick characters, and a riveting pace. Ellice, a corporate attorney, is finally given the upper echelon job she has worked hard to achieve, but only after the sudden death of her boss. Her rise to the top is not without complications that quickly turn into terror. Everyone has secrets, and her carefully crafted life unravels in the conspiracies that abound. Truly a novel for our times, it explores themes of racism, sexism and feminism in the workplace, alongside other troublesome problems in our complex society. Best of all, it is highly entertaining! ~Jane
Two stories intertwine in Guterson’s gripping and heartrending new novel: One that portrays the close bond between an aging lawyer and his son, a novelist; and one that follows the court case involving an adopted Ethiopian girl who dies of hypothermia just outside the home of her fundamentalist family in rural Skagit County. Like other great novels that train their lenses on harrowing truths, such as Barbara Kingsolver’s Poisonwood Bible, it is revelatory and, at times, dark reading. Guterson, a master of his craft, delivers a corner of the Pacific Northwest with all the faithful nuance of description he gave to Snow Falling on Cedars. The story he tells with great elegance is fearless, profound, and very much of our time. ~John, Bookseller Emeritus, Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Island, WA
In a disorienting blend of autobiography and fiction, Claire Vaye Watkins creates a story about a woman named Claire Vaye Watkins, who is a writer, and, also like her, the daughter of a drug addicted mother and member of an infamous, murderous cult. Enroute to deliver a lecture in Reno, the fictional Claire, suffering post-partum depression, spirals away from the loving husband and infant child she left at home, and into the damage from her own past. This is a riveting, raw, wholly unique tale of disasters, traps, and failures, told with insight and a surprising amount of humor. ~McNevin
This illuminating journey across intertwining generations of Americans begins on a train, a potent symbol of our country’s promise and expansion, as well as our flaws. Crisscrossing time and place, Evison nimbly weaves the story of five families as they rumble through history, always with the hope of reaching the American dream. From two Irish children who are orphaned not long after their arrival in the 1850s, to a high school basketball star in 2019 – whose single mom lives to give him the tools and foundation for an education and better life than her own – these stories resonate with the obstacles and triumphs that our beautiful, if imperfect, country offers. All aboard! ~Victoria
Sprakkar is Icelandic for extraordinary women. This marvelously insightful and inspiring glimpse at one of the world’s most gender equal countries is a joy to read! Eliza Reid, Iceland’s First Lady, leads the reader on a journey through her adopted homeland from medieval legend, to the day in 1975 when Iceland’s women went on strike, to the stories and voices of contemporary women. In what could be a blueprint for the world, Iceland took a determined path to giving women the equity that would culturally and economically benefit the entire country. In relating her own story Reid gives us a unique view into the extraordinary life of this small but mighty nation. Her voice is warm, thoughtful, and leaves the reader feeling like they have just spent an afternoon chatting by the fire with a strikingly intelligent new friend. ~Susan