Category Archives: Fiction

American Spy

Lauren Wilkinson    Pages: 289         Published: 2019

The book: New York, 1987; Marie Mitchell is an FBI officer. Young and black in a white old boys’ club, she’s given menial tasks and never gets the opportunity to work on any high-profile cases. That changes when she’s asked to go undercover on a special task force. But Marie has some doubts about taking the role. Will she accept the undercover job? Can she afford not to? Read more

The Glass Hotel

Emily St. John Mandel       Pages: 301        Published: 2020

The book: Vincent and her half-brother, Paul, work in the exclusive and remote Hotel Caiette on Vancouver Island. Just before an important guest arrives, a strange message etched in acid, appears on a hotel window.
Who left the message and why? How will working at the hotel impact the lives of Vincent and Paul? Read more

City of Girls

Elizabeth Gilbert    Pages: 466      Published: 2019

The book: 1940 and nineteen-year-old Vivian is kicked out of Vassar College. Her rich, well-to-do parents send her to live with her Aunt Peg in New York, who owns a run-down theatre in Midtown Manhattan. Vivian is thrown into a heady life of showgirls, late-night clubs, parties, and men, a far cry from her previous life in the suburbs. Read more

The Bird King

G. Willow Wilson    Pages: 402      Published: 2019

The book: Spain, 1491. Fatima is a concubine in the court of a sultan in the last Spanish emirate. Her best friend, Hassan, has magical powers and is the royal mapmaker. A delegation from the Spanish monarchy arrives and demands the sultan surrender his land and his people to them. Within the delegation is a representative of the Inquisition who takes a particular interest in Fatima and Hassan. Why are they of interest to the Inquisitor? What will become of them, the sultan and his city? Read more

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Alix E. Harrow   Pages: 371   Published: 2019

The book: It’s America in 1901.  Seven-year-old January Scaller lives in an old rambling mansion in Vermont.  Her father travels constantly to far-flung corners of the world so she is the ward of his employer, Mr. Locke. On a trip to Kentucky with her guardian, January discovers a magical door to another world. Read more

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World
Elif Shafak   
Pages: 308      Published: 2019

The book: This story begins at the end with the death of a prostitute called Tequila Leila.  For 10 minutes and 38 seconds after Leila has taken her last breath, her brain continues to function and she recalls her life and what brought her to this ignominious end. Read more

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