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New Realistic Fiction

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The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals

The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals

Becky Mandelbaum

The award-winning author of Bad Kansas traces an emotionally charged weekend at an animal sanctuary in Western Kansas, where personal and community bonds are tested in the wake of an estranged daughter’s homecoming.

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

Annie Lyons

Wanting to organize an assisted death on her own terms, a world-weary octogenarian forges an unexpected bond with an exuberant 10-year-old who drags her to tea parties, shopping sprees and other social excursions.

The Butterfly Lampshade

The Butterfly Lampshade

Aimee Bender

Unable to explain bizarre phenomena that accompanied the most formative events of her youth, Francie reflects on how the perceptions of childhood can take on near-magical qualities that sometimes carry over into an adult world that fluctuates between realities.

Cobble Hill

Cobble Hill

 Cecily von Ziegesar

Navigating private spats and embarrassing secrets in their upscale Brooklyn neighborhood, four families seek purpose and meaningful relationships until a raucous party combusts in a maelstrom of ego clashes, taboo desires and hidden cameras.

The Comeback

The Comeback

Ella Berman

Returning mostly sober to Los Angeles after a year of self-imposed exile, a teen star decides she can no longer stay silent when she is asked to present a lifetime achievement award to the man responsible for her trauma.

The Daughters of Erietown

The Daughters of Erietown

Connie Schultz

A first novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Life Happens explores the impact of forfeited dreams, long-kept secrets and evolving gender roles on a small family throughout the latter half of the 20th century.

The Daughters of Foxcote Manor

The Daughters of Foxcote Manor

Eve Chase

Moving to 1970 Foxcote Manor when their London home burns down, a woman and her children take in an abandoned baby girl who is forced to investigate a murder and her own origin story 40 years later.

Daughters of Smoke and Fire

Daughters of Smoke and Fire

Ava Homa

A young Kurdish woman, Leila, investigates the disappearance of her younger brother, Chia, who was involved in increasingly risky social and political activism in Tehran in an unquenchable desire for justice to honor their father’s past torture and imprisonment.

The Death of Vivek Oji

The Death of Vivek Oji

Akwaeke Emezi

In the wake of a southeastern Nigerian mother’s discovery of her son’s body on her doorstep, a family struggles to understand the enigmatic nature of a youth shaped by disorienting blackouts, diverse friendships and a cousin’s worldly influence.

East Coast Girls

East Coast Girls

Kerry Kletter

Twelve years after a terrible trauma wrenched them apart, four childhood friends return to Montauk to rekindle their close bonds but end up having to confront their past and their decisions from that horrible night.

The End of the Day

The End of the Day

Bill Clegg

The New York Times best-selling author of Did You Ever Have a Family delivers a novel about the bonds and breaking points of friendship, the corrosiveness of secrets, the heartbeat of longing and the redemption of forgiveness.

Everything Here Is Under Control

Everything Here Is Under Control

Emily Adrian

Compelling and engaging, Everything Here Is under Control is a raw, honest, occasionally hilarious portrait of the complexity, conflicting emotions, and physical trauma of both modern motherhood and the intense, intimate friendships that women forge in their youth.

Expectation

Expectation

Anna Hope

In a novel set in and around London, three college friends, now in their 30s, must come to terms with the gap between the lives they imagined for themselves and reality in the face of marriage, fertility struggles and loss.

The Friendship List

The Friendship List

Susan Mallery

After a devastating loss, two single moms, lifelong best friends, create a list of challenges, from skydiving to getting tattoos, before their prospects and perspectives are transformed by unexpected love.

A Girl is a Body of Water

A Girl is a Body of Water

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Coming of age with the support of the women in her Ugandan village, a girl struggling with abandonment seeks answers at the side of a local witch who shares stories about their culture’s heritage of female strength.

Good Dogs Don't Make It to the South Pole 

Good Dogs Don’t Make It to the South Pole

Hans-Olav Thyvold

A heartwarming tale of aging, friendship and death is told from the perspective of a grumpy mutt who bonds with his late master’s widow during walks to the library, before their home is threatened by impatient relatives.

Grown Ups

Grown Ups

Emma Jane Unsworth

In a novel told through prose, texts, emails, script dialogue and social media messages, a woman goes through a break-up … but is really having more of a breakdown.

The Harpy

The Harpy

Megan Hunter

A story of marriage, infidelity and power by the author of the #1 Indie Next Pick, The End We Start From.

Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth

Paolo Giordano

Forging close ties with three brothers from a neighboring farm in Italy, Teresa discovers a dark secret when the brother she secretly loves commits a brutal act of revenge.

Hieroglyphics

Hieroglyphics

Jill McCorkle

Bonding over the mutual losses of their parents in childhood, a couple determined to leave a history for their own children respectively sift through family records and obsess over a possible childhood home before uncovering troubling memories.

His Only Wife

His Only Wife

Peace Adzo Medie

Enduring a life of minimal prospects among her uncles many wives, a young seamstress relocates to Accra when she is married in absentia to a wealthy man whose family would separate him from the woman he loves.

Homeland Elegies

Homeland Elegies

Ayad Akhtar

A personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams. It blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.

The House on Fripp Island

The House on Fripp Island

Rebecca Kauffman

Invited to join her wealthy friend for an all-expenses-paid vacation to South Carolina’s Fripp Island resort, a working-class woman turns suspicious in the face of an unscrupulous handyman, her host’s infidelities and the ambitions of the children in both families.

How Lulu Lost her Mind

How Lulu Lost her Mind

Rachel Gibson

Lou Ann Hunter leaves her lucrative career as a relationship expert to take care of her mother, whose struggle with dementia threatens to take away the past before they can discover it together.

How the Penguins Saved Veronica

How the Penguins Saved Veronica

Hazel Prior

Determined to find a worthy cause where she can dedicate her millions, octogenarian Veronica rediscovers love, family and connection while bonding with an unknown grandson and infiltrating a scientific team on behalf of endangered penguins in Antarctica.

If I Had Your Face

If I Had Your Face

Frances Cha

In Seoul, South Korea, four young women make their way in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty, secret salons catering to wealthy men, strict social hierarchies and K-pop fan mania.

If You Must Know

If You Must Know

Jamie Beck

Two sisters, each content leading their separate lives in their separate styles, Amanda, who follows the rules, and Erin who is living a bohemian lifestyle, are forced together to confront disturbing truths about their family and themselves.

The Imperfects

The Imperfects

Amy Meyerson

A family’s discovery of a priceless inheritance leads them on a pursuit for the truth that transforms their lives in unexpected ways.

Impersonation

Impersonation

Heidi Pitlor

A novel that wrestles with the ways that women are hamstrung by maternal demands and social expectations, showing the impossibility of doing it all, as a single mother is hired to ghostwrite a memoir for an aspiring politician and it takes both of them combined to be the ideal successful woman.

The Index of Self-Destructive Acts

The Index of Self-Destructive Acts

Christopher Beha

Celebrated for his accurate media forecasts, a renowned data journalist profiles a disgraced political columnist and begins dating the man’s daughter before becoming entangled in complicated family dynamics involving investment losses, wartime trauma and baseball.

It is Wood, it is Stone

It is Wood, it is Stone

Gabriella Burnham

Accompanying her husband on a year professorship in Sô Paulo, an anxious American woman exasperates her socially conscious maid before the women are unexpectedly bonded by an encounter with a beguiling artist.

Jack

Jack

Marilynne Robinson

A conclusion to the story that began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead traces the story of prodigal son John Ames Boughton, who pursues a star-crossed, interracial romance with a high school teacher who is also the son of a preacher.

The Last Story of Mina Lee

The Last Story of Mina Lee

Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Suspecting foul play in the wake of her mother’s accidental death, Margot Lee investigates her mother’s past as a Korean War orphan and undocumented immigrant before uncovering profound secrets.

The Lightness

The Lightness

Emily Temple

One year after her father leaves home for a meditation retreat and never returns, Olivia, yearning to make sense of his departure and to escape her overbearing mother, runs away and retraces his path to a place known as the Levitation Center.

The Lives of Edie Pritchard

The Lives of Edie Pritchard

Larry Watson

Objectified for her beauty through two failed marriages, a hard-working grandmother pursues a life on her own terms when she is harassed by a younger man.

Love

Love

Roddy Doyle

Attending his father’s deathbed in hospice, a man reconnects with a drinking buddy from his Dublin youth while reflecting on a long-ago love, his wife’s role in upending his life and the truth about his departure from Ireland.

Luster

Luster

Raven Leilani

A young black artist falls into an affair with a man in an open marriage before gradually befriending his wife and adopted daughter against a backdrop of dynamic racial politics.

The Lying Life of Adults

The Lying Life of Adults

Elena Ferrante

 An Italian teen searches for a sense of identity and clear perspectives when she finds herself torn between the refinements and excesses of a divided Naples.

The Margot Affair

The Margot Affair

Sanaë Lemoine

Growing up in hiding in a small Left Bank apartment, the illegitimate daughter of an actress and a high-profile French politician bonds with a respected journalist who aids her reckless agenda to expose dangerous secrets.

Members Only

Members Only

Sameer Pandya

First the white members of Raj Bhatt’s posh tennis club call him racist. Then his life falls apart. Along the way, he wonders: where does he, a brown man, belong in America?

Memoirs and Misinformation

Memoirs and Misinformation

Jim Carrey

A riotous semi-autobiographical novel follows the experiences of a successful but lonely, movie star who seeks to escape depression through a new romance and Oscar-worthy role, only to discover the universe’s alternate plans.

Memorial 

Memorial

Bryan Washington

A Japanese-American chef and a Black daycare teacher begin reevaluating their stale relationship in the wake of a father’s death and the arrival of an acerbic mother-in-law who becomes an unconventional roommate.

Migrations

Migrations

Charlotte McConaghy

A woman who has dedicated her life to protecting the environment convinces a fishing captain and his salty crew to follow the world’s last flock of Arctic terns on a migration of dark revelations.

Man of My Time

Man of My Time

Dalia Sofer

Set in Iran and New York City, tells the story of Hamid Mozaffarian, who is as alienated from himself as he is from the world around him. After decades of ambivalent work as an interrogator with the Iranian regime, Hamid travels on a diplomatic mission to New York, where he encounters his estranged family and retrieves the ashes of his father, whose dying wish was to be buried in Iran.

Mother Daughter Widow Wife

Mother Daughter Widow Wife

Robin Wasserman

Left with no memory of who she is, Wendy Doe arrives at the Meadowlark Institute of Memory Research, where she falls under the control of a doctor and his ambitious student.  The daughter she left behind tries to make sense of it all.

Mother Land

Mother Land

Leah Franqui

An independent New York foodie accompanies her husband to his home in Mumbai, where her ex-pat sense of adventure is tested by the unexpected divorce of her headstrong mother-in-law.

Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs

Amy Poeppel

Envied for her close relationship with a famous music artist and Julliard classmate, a successful chamber group founder finds her summer plans riotously upended by sudden family upheavals, including her elderly father’s marriage.

Must I Go

Must I Go

Yiyun Li

Having outlived three husbands and raised five children, a grandmother of 17 begins annotating the diary of a long-ago former lover, recounting long-held secrets and memories about her daughter and her resolve to live life on her own terms.

My Kind of People

My Kind of People

Lisa Duffy

A group of New England islanders come together for a recently orphaned girl, an act that reveals the power of community, as well as dredges up long-buried secrets. By the author of The Salt House.

Old Lovegood Girls

Old Lovegood Girls

Gail Godwin

Separated by a devastating loss, two estranged college roommates reach out to each other years later in the face of unpredictable hardships before discovering the power of their unbreakable bond to transform their lives.

The Opposite of Fate

The Opposite of Fate

Alison McGhee

Rendered comatose and pregnant by a violent attack, a young woman emerges from her long state of unresponsiveness, only to find herself reckoning with the consequences of decisions that were made about her body without her consent.

The Other Family

The Other Family

Loretta Nyhan

From the bestselling author of Digging In comes a witty and moving novel about motherhood, courage, and finding true family.

Other People's Pets

Other People’s Pets

R.L. Maizes

Abandoned by her mother and thief father, a woman who empathically relates more to animals than people drops out of veterinary school and turns burglar, targeting houses where ailing pets can benefit from her care.

Out of Mesopotamia

Out of Mesopotamia

Salar Abdoh

Abdoh’s powerful novel follows an Iranian war reporter who is torn between his wearying job on the front lines and a civilian existence that he finds increasingly alienating. The book is as much a reflection on memory and art as it is a war story, and Abdoh’s writing captures beautifully the absurdity of both the battlefield and modern life.

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

Kelly Harms

Single mother Amy Byler grabs the chance to enjoy a child-free summer in New York City, but then a crisis forces her to make some difficult choices.

The Party Upstairs

The Party Upstairs

Lee Conell

Tensions escalate throughout a single day in a genteel New York City apartment building where a superintendent and his adult daughter spark a crisis involving class distinctions, family bonds and the expectations of privilege.

Payback

Payback

Mary Gordon

A vengeful reality television star reconnects with a former teacher who she blames for her sexual assault years earlier, in a timely novel by the award-winning author of There Your Heart Lies.

Perestroika In Paris

Perestroika In Paris

Jane Smiley

A captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals–and a young boy–whose lives intersect in Paris. Jane Smiley’s beguiling new novel is itself an adventure that celebrates curiosity and ingenuity, and expresses the desire of all creatures for true friendship, love, and freedom.

Sisters

Sisters

Daisy Johnson

Moving in the aftermath of a school bullying incident to an abandoned family home near the shore, two fiercely loyal siblings find the nature of their bond changing in the wake of a series of revelatory encounters.

Sisters and Secrets

Sisters and Secrets

Jennifer Ryan

As the Silva Sisters’ secrets are revealed, each realizes that there is more to their family than meets the eye, and forgiveness may be the only way to reclaim true happiness.

Some Go Home

Some Go Home

Odie Lindsey

A pregnant Iraq War veteran, the son of a man undergoing retrial and a correction officer’s family navigate media hype, community secrets and racial tensions at the antebellum estate where a civil rights murder occurred half a century earlier.

The Son of Good Fortune

The Son of Good Fortune

Lysley Tenorio

An undocumented teen, the son of a Filipina B-movie star-turned-con artist, joins a friend on a freedom-risking journey to a ramshackle desert town that offers him the first chance to define himself.

A Star is Bored

A Star is Bored

Byron Lane

A debut novel by Carrie Fisher’s former personal assistant follows the experiences of an assistant to an award-winning celebrity who becomes a close friend and possibly more as she conducts him through the wonders of Hollywood life.

Summer Longing

Summer Longing

Jamie Brenner

When a baby girl is abandoned on her doorstep, Ruth Cooperman, new to Provincetown, turns to her neighbors for help and is drawn into the drama of the close-knit community as alliances are made, relationships are tested, and secrets are uncovered.

The Swap

The Swap

Robyn Harding

The USA Today best-selling author of The Party delivers a tale about the toxic relationship between two couples after a night of sexual experimentation, and the manipulative teenager with an explosive secret at the center of it all.

Sweet Sorrow

Sweet Sorrow

David Nicholls

A man on the brink of marriage reevaluates his teen experiences with first love, a milestone that was complicated by his father’s depression, an unorthodox newcomer and a summer theater troupe performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

That Summer in Maine

That Summer in Maine

Brianna Wolfson

When a woman claiming to be Hazel’s sister invites Hazel to visit her and the father she’s never met in Maine, Hazel hopes to finally discover her real self.

Thin Girls

Thin Girls

Diana Clarke

Twins Rose and Lily Winters, close as the bond implies, battle insecurities and weight issues, which leads them both to extremes, endangering both of their lives, especially when Lily joins a cult diet group led by a social media faux feminist.

This Little Family

This Little Family

Inès Bayard

After being sexually assaulted by her new boss, Marie discovers that she is pregnant and, convinced the father is her rapist not her husband, is led to commit an irreparable act.

The Transatlantic Book Club

The Transatlantic Book Club

Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Setting up a transatlantic Skype book club to stay in touch with her grandmother on Ireland’s Finfarran Peninsula, Cassie uncovers tragic family secrets that reveal unexpected truths about her grandmother’s marriage.

Transcendent Kingdom

Transcendent Kingdom

Yaa Gyasi

A follow-up to the best-selling Homegoing finds a sixth-year PhD candidate grappling with the childhood faith of the evangelical church in which she was raised while researching the science behind the suffering that has devastated her Ghanaian immigrant family.

Truth of the Matter

Truth of the Matter

Jamie Beck

Moving to Potomac Point to start a new life with her troubled daughter, Anne Sullivan, while renovating her grandparents’ old house, discovers a vintage recipe box containing hints about her grandmother’s hidden past that force her to confront her greatest fears.

The View from Here

The View from Here

Hannah McKinnon

Three very different siblings are at the center of a novel about what it means to be a family, set over the course of one unforgettable Connecticut summer.

Want

Want

Lynn Steger Strong

Reaching out to a friend after years of building a family and earning a PhD culminate in bankruptcy, Elizabeth discovers that her friend is enduring violent retaliation for wanting a life on her own terms.

Wednesday Walks & Wags

Wednesday Walks & Wags

Melissa Storm

Striving to keep busy after losing her mother just months ago, Bridget, a vet tech, animal shelter volunteer and dog lover, finds comfort in her fellow members of the Sunday Potluck Club – and in her new neighbor, Wesley.

The Weekend

The Weekend

Charlotte Wood

Gathering to help renovate a late friend’s memory-filled home, Jude, Wendy and Adele ponder a collective lifetime of loves, grievances, disappointments and successes over the course of a transformative weekend.

Well-Behaved Indian Women

Well-Behaved Indian Women

Saumya Dave

Three generations of women from the same Indian-American family struggle with disparate ambitions and beliefs about sacrifice that are brought into question by a non-traditional relationship, a colleague’s life-changing offer and a personal secret.

What Are You Going Through

What Are You Going Through

Sigrid Nunez

A woman who is content to listen to the people she encounters talk about themselves is asked by one to do something extraordinary, in a novel by the New York Times-best-selling author.

When We Believed In Mermaids

When We Believed In Mermaids

Barbara O’Neal

When she discovers that her sister Josie, long thought dead, is alive, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, beings a journey with the memories of her past to unearth the long-buried secrets and face the devastating truth that has kept them apart far too long.

With or Without You

With or Without You

Caroline Leavitt

A rock musician longing for stardom makes a difficult choice when his wife falls into a coma on the eve of his tour, before she wakes up with an incredible talent of her own.

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop

Fannie Flagg

Taking a final visit to the ghost town where his mother Ruth’s Whistle Stop Café made its famous fried green tomatoes, Bud Threadgoode discovers new friends and surprises about the community’s women while triggering unexpected changes in his daughters’ lives.