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15 Backlist Books from the Authors in Our Fall Reading List

Can’t wait to get your hands on fall’s buzziest books?  Enjoy cozy fall reading with the backlist books from the authors with titles in our 2020 Fall Reading List!  Some books are as recent as 2019 and we even have a title from 1995.  I know your patience will be rewarded when your new books arrive but until then, I hope you will find and enjoy a new to you read from this list!

After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld (2010)

After the departure of the woman he loves, Frank struggles to rebuild his life among the sugarcane and sand dunes that surround his oceanside shack. Forty years earlier, Leon is drafted to serve in Vietnam and finds himself suddenly confronting the same experiences that haunt his war-veteran father. As these two stories weave around each other–each narrated in a voice as tender as it is fierce–we learn what binds Frank and Leon together, and what may end up keeping them apart.

The Girl from Berlin by Ronald H. Balson (2018)

Liam and Catherine come to the aid of an old friend and are drawn into a property dispute in Tuscany that unearths long-buried secrets.

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (1995)

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back–almost as if by magic.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2016)

Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed–and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (2014)

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.”  A Man Called Ove is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (2018)

A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog.   Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.

The Choir on Hope Street by Annie Lyons (2018)

Nat’s husband has just said the six words no one wants to hear – ‘I don’t love you any more’.

Caroline’s estranged mother has to move into her house turning her perfectly ordered world upside down.

Living on the same street these two women couldn’t be more different. Until the beloved local community centre is threatened with closure. And when the only way to save it is to form a community choir – none of the Hope Street residents, least of all Nat and Caroline, expect the results

That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam (2018)

Written with the warmth and psychological acuity that defined his debut, Rumaan Alam has crafted a remarkable novel about the lives we choose, and the lives that are chosen for us.

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker (2016)

All Is Not Forgotten begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where everything seems picture perfect.  Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (2018)

Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others. The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a breathlessly addictive novel that follows one man’s race against time to find a killer–but an astonishing time-turning twist means that nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy (2018)

They call themselves the May Mothers–a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. Twice a week, they get together in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for some much-needed adult time.

When the women go out for drinks at the hip neighborhood bar, they are looking for a fun break from their daily routine. But on this hot Fourth of July night, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but her fellow May Mothers insisted everything would be fine. Now he is missing. What follows is a heart-pounding race to find Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed.

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (2019)

A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford suffragists in which a fiercely independent vicar’s daughter takes on a powerful duke in a fiery love story that threatens to upend the British social order.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (2018)

A sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures we all feel to conform, Convenience Store Woman offers a brilliant depiction of a world hidden from view and a charming and fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo (2008)

A novel of language and love that tells one young Chinese woman’s story of her journey to the West–and her attempts to understand the language, and the man, she adores.

Lot by Bryan Washington (2019)

In the city of Houston – a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America – the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He’s working at his family’s restaurant, weathering his brother’s blows, resenting his older sister’s absence. And discovering he likes boys.

What do you think about the books on this list?

Have you read any books from this list?  What is your favorite book or author from this list?  Are any of these books on your TBR?

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