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New Releases for September 2021
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
From the bestselling author Liane Moriarty comes a novel that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest. The Delaney family love one another dearly — it’s just that sometimes they also want to murder each other. If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father?
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Set in Constantinople in the 15th century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr’s gorgeous third novel is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope–and a book.
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
“Ray Carney was only slightly bent when it came to being crooked…” Harlem Shuffle is a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s. The ingenious story is a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem.
Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So
A vibrant story collection about Cambodian-American life — immersive and comic, yet unsparing — that offers profound insight into the intimacy of queer and immigrant communities. Seamlessly transitioning between the absurd and the tenderhearted, balancing acerbic humor with sharp emotional depth, Afterparties offers an expansive portrait of the lives of Cambodian-Americans.
Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friendman
In its heyday, The Golden Hotel was the crown jewel of the Catskills vacation scene. The Goldman and Weingold families have presided over this glamorous resort together, but the Catskills are not what they used to be. As the facilities and management begin to fall apart, a tempting offer to sell forces the families to make a heart-wrenching decision. Can they save their beloved Golden or is it too late?
We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
Emily is having the time of her life–she’s in the mountains of Chile with her best friend, Kristen, on their annual reunion trip. But on the last night of the trip, Emily enters their hotel suite to find blood on the floor. Kristen says the cute backpacker she brought back to their room attacked her, and she had no choice but to kill him in self-defense. Even more shocking: The scene is horrifyingly similar to last year’s trip, when another backpacker wound up dead.
Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge
In the fictional Chinese city of Yong’an, an amateur cryptozoologist is commissioned to uncover the stories of its fabled beasts. Aided by her elusive former professor and his enigmatic assistant, our narrator sets off to document each beast, and is drawn into a mystery that threatens her very sense of self. Part detective story, part metaphysical enquiry, Strange Beasts of China engages existential questions of identity, humanity, love and morality with whimsy and stylistic verve.
We are the Brennans by Tracey Lange
After causing a drunk driving accident, twenty-nine-year-old Sunday Brennan swallows her pride and goes home to her family in New York. When a dangerous man from her past brings her family’s pub business to the brink of financial ruin, the only way to protect them is to upend all their secrets. In the aftermath, the Brennan family is forced to confront painful mistakes–and ultimately find a way forward, together.