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"Nothing to See Here" is a "funny and eerily beautiful" novel (NPR). Despite its hysterical premise (children who spontaneously burst into flames), it is an incredibly moving and surprisingly authentic portrait of parenthood. There is a lightness and joy that permeates every page, even as Kevin Wilson tackles moments that are sure to tug at your heartstrings, if not your tear ducts. When Lillian’s childhood friend calls her out of the blue with a job offer and a promise of reconnection, Lillian takes it—leaving behind her attic room in her mother’s house and a job she hates. There’s a mansion, a paycheck, and a rekindled friendship with her former best friend. But the offer is not as simple as it sounds. (They never are.) It turns out her friend’s husband, who is also in the running for Secretary of State, has twins from a former marriage that have a few issues: They’ve lost their mom, their dad is absent and obsessed with politics, and, oh yeah, they burst into flames when they are mad, sad, anxious, upset—you name it. Suffice to say, Lillian has her hands full.
Best Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, People, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, TIME.
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Hello friends,"The Song of Achilles" is a tale of gods, kings, war, and a love story. Miller's novel brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. Miller's book is an action-packed adventure, Achilles and Patroclus in love, and a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner. Miller’s monumental debut novel earned resounding acclaim and awards when it came out a few years ago.
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Hello friends, "Interior Chinatown" won the National Book Award and it is "one of the funniest books of the year. . . . A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire" (Washington Post). It is the story of Willis Wu, who doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but always he is relegated to a prop. Yet every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy—the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. Or is it?
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Hello friends, "Lie With Me" by the French novelist Philippe Besson was The Advocate’s Best Gay Novel of 2019 and A NYTimes Book Editor’s Choice. It is the love story of two teenage boys in 1984 France. "Lie With Me" sold more than a hundred thousand copies in France, where it won several prizes and is being made into a movie. For such a short novel, it is achingly beautiful, lyrical, and intensely heartbreaking, a portrayal of the emotional, heady feelings of first love. A fragile, forbidden, repressed covert gay relationship set in the 1980s in a rural small town in France.
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