The stories of We Live in Water (Harper Perennial, $14.99) combine Jess Walter’s flare for the humorous with the desperation of poverty, bad luck, and poor choices. Walter, author of the critically acclaimed novel Beautiful Ruins, focuses on a range of characters here, men who are sometimes petty, like a suspicious father convinced his children are stealing from the vacation fund, and sometimes cruel, as with the protagonist of the title story, who unravels in his final moments of fatherhood. But they can also be tender, like Wade in “The Wolf and the Wild,” who is convicted of fraud but tries to make a difference to the kids he tutors. Jess Walter can turn a phrase, write despair, or make you laugh out loud—often all in the same piece.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780061926624
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 12th, 2013

Three Strong Women (Vintage, $15) is heart-wrenching and beautifully written. Set in Senegal and France, this compact book reads like three separate novellas and details the relationships and nearly insurmountable trials of its three protagonists. These women are courageous and hardy—adapting to inhospitable environments like dandelions sprouting in pavement. Marie NDiaye, who was awarded the coveted Prix Goncourt for this novel, published her first fiction when she was just seventeen and is a “must read” for Francophiles. For all of us, this lyrical and brave work brings us one degree closer to understanding the resilience of the human spirit when faced with its own corruption.
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ISBN: 9780307741332
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Published: Vintage - May 21st, 2013

There are some books you just cannot stop reading. The Shining Girls (Mulholland, $26), by Lauren Beukes, is like a maelstrom—drawing you in from the first scene, and then inexorably hurling you toward its perfect ending. This crime novel with a sci-fi twist is about a man named Harper Curtis who finds a key to a house from which he can jump across time. But his time-traveling ability comes with a price: he must kill “shining girls,” young women with bright futures ahead of them. Curtis is impossible to catch until Kirby Mazrachi survives his brutal attack and starts going through old police files. Shining Girls will awe you with its remarkable characters, incredible plot, and Beukes’s graceful writing and eye for detail.

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ISBN: 9780316216852
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Published: Mulholland Books - June 4th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780316216869
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 14th, 2014

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