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Margaret Wilkerson Sexton keeps getting better and better. On the heels of her National Book Award-nominated A Kind of Freedom, she gifts us The Revisioners (Counterpoint, $25)—a stunner. This time-bending, intergenerational story of strength, love, and legacy, alternates between 2017, 1924, and 1855, telling the story—or stories—of two Louisiana women, Ava and her grandmother’s great-grandmother, Josephine. Ava, a single mother, moves into her white grandmother’s home in order to care for the aging woman. Tensions arise as her grandmother’s health and mind deteriorate. Ava’s story is mirrored by the 1924 narrative of Josephine’s uneasy friendship with a new white neighbor in a nearby property. Josephine, born a slave, escaped and eventually built a family farm with her husband. Sexton connects these two women through motherhood, their unique—some even say magical—ability to nurture life, and uncountable obstacles of racism and violence. An unputdownable read, The Revisioners will leave you gasping in the end.

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ISBN: 9781640092587
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 5th, 2019

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In a departure from her awesome police procedurals, Tana French’s first stand-alone, Witch Elm (Viking, $28), introduces the winsome Toby. In his late twenties, Toby has never had to work hard for anything in his life—save for that one minor screw up on the job. And even then, luck swung his way! This lucky streak comes to an end when Toby surprises a couple of burglars in the act of pillaging his apartment. They beat him and leave him for dead, but he survives—albeit with cognitive, physical, and severe mental impairments. Anxious every moment and afraid of the outside world, Toby finds refuge at his family home, Ivy House. There his beloved Uncle Hugo, suffering from a terminal brain tumor, is fighting his own mental and physical deterioration. The two come to a satisfying, rhythmic, coexistence until the discovery of a skull in the garden. It belongs to a former classmate of Toby’s, and as both Toby and Hugo become suspects, it’s essential for their very survival that they untangle the past and sort through memories. Part family drama and part psychological suspense story, French’s The Witch Elm will leave you breathless. 

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ISBN: 9780735224629
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Published: Viking - October 9th, 2018

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Screenwriter and executive producer of HBO series including the Wire, Treme, and The Deuce, George Pelecanos gives us another snappy, suspenseful crime drama in his latest novel, The Man Who Came Uptown (Mulholland, $27). Filled with DC’s gritty past and present, this story will compel you to add more titles to your already long “to read” list. Michael Hudson is awaiting trial in the DC jail, reading everything and anything the prison librarian, Anna, sends his way. When he’s suddenly released—thanks to the machinations of Private Investigator Phil Ornazian—Michael is thrust into a quickly gentrifying city. Then Ornazian calls in his favor by forcing Michael to assist in a little side-hustle he has going: relieving the District’s criminal element of their ill-gotten gains. Michael struggles between wanting to walk the “straight” path and his past criminal life. Fast-paced and smart, and full of compelling characters facing genuine moral dilemmas, Pelecanos’s latest will draw you in and keep you there.

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ISBN: 9780316479820
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 4th, 2018