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The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah
2018; 2019

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do. Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.. (448 pgs.)

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On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light

Cordelia Strube
Availability: 2018; 2019

Harriet is eleven, going on thirty. Her mixed media paintings are a source of wonder to her younger brother, Irwin, but an unmitigated horror to the panoply of insufficiently grown up grown-ups who surround her. She plans to run away to Algonquin Park, hole up in a cabin like Tom Thomson and paint trees; and so, to fund her escape, she runs errands for the seniors who inhabit the Shangrila, the decrepit apartment building that houses her fractured family. (420 pgs.)

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The Orenda

Joseph Boyden
Availability: 2018; 2019

The Orenda opens with a brutal massacre and the kidnapping of the young Iroquois Snow Falls, a spirited girl with a special gift. Her captor, Bird, is an elder and one of the Huron Nation's great warriors and statesmen. It has been years since the murder of his family, and Bird recognizes the ghost of his lost daughter. (490 pgs.)

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Painted Girls

Cathy Marie Buchanan
Availability: 2018; 2019

A heartrending, gripping novel about two sisters in Belle Époque Paris. 1878 Paris. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural, and societal change, The Painted Girls is a tale of two remarkable sisters rendered uniquely vulnerable to the darker impulses of "civilized society." In the end, each will come to realize that her salvation, if not survival, lies with the other. (353 pgs.)

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The Paris Wife

Paula McLain
Availability: 2018; 2019

An evocative, beautifully rendered story told in the voice of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley. Through her eyes and voice, we experience Paris of the Lost Generation. The city and its inhabitants provide a vivid backdrop to this engrossing and wrenching story of love and betrayal that is made all the more poignant knowing that, in the end, Hemingway would write of his first wife, "I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her." (320 pgs.)

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The Perfect Gentleman

Imran Ahmad
Availability: 2018; 2019

Both deliciously funny and deeply insightful, the Perfect Gentleman is a beguiling multi-layered memoir that has touched the hearts of readers all over the world. Join Imran in his lifelong struggle against corruption and injustice, and as he grapples with some of Life's most profound questions: What does God do exactly? Can you maintain a James Bond persona without the vodka, cigarettes and women - even whilst your parents are trying to arrange your marriage? (336 pgs.)

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The Postmistress

Sarah Blake
Availability: 2018; 2019

Those who carry the truth sometimes bear a terrible burden... Filled with stunning parallels to today's world, The Postmistress is a sweeping novel about the loss of innocence of two extraordinary women-and of two countries torn apart by war. (326 pgs.)

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Craig Davidson
Availability2018; 2019

One morning in 2008, desperate and impoverished while trying unsuccessfully to write, Davidson plucked a flyer out of his mailbox that read, "Bus Drivers Wanted." That was the first step towards an unlikely new career: driving a school bus full of special-needs kids for a year. Armed only with a sense of humour akin to that of his charges, a creative approach to the challenge of driving a large, awkward vehicle while corralling a rowdy gang of kids, and unexpected reserves of empathy, Davidson takes us along for the ride. (320 pgs.)

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Linden MacIntyre
Availability: 2018; 2019

Linden MacIntyre brings us a powerful exploration of justice and vengeance, and the peril that ensues when passion replaces reason, in a small town shaken by a tragic death. Forced to retire early from his job as a corrections officer in Kingston Penitentiary, Tony Breau has limped back to the village where he grew up to lick his wounds, only to find that Dwayne Strickland, a young con he'd had dealings with in prison is back there too-and once again in trouble. (421 pgs.)

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Frances Itani
Availability: 2018; 2019

Bin Okuma, a celebrated visual artist, has recently and quite suddenly lost his wife, Lena. He and his son, Greg, are left to deal with the shock. But Greg has returned to his studies on the East Coast, and Bin finds himself alone and pulled into memories he has avoided for much of his life. (317 pgs.)

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Road Ends

Mary Lawson
Availability: 2018; 2019

Roads End brings us a family unravelling in the aftermath of tragedy: Edward Cartwright, struggling to escape the legacy of a violent past; Emily, his wife, cloistered in her room with yet another new baby, increasingly unaware of events outside the bedroom door; Tom, their eldest son, twenty-five years old but home again, unable to come to terms with the death of a friend; and capable, formidable Megan, the sole daughter in a household of eight sons, who for years held the family together but has finally broken free. (368 pgs.)

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Emma Donoghue
Availability: 2018; 2019

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. (321 pgs.)

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The Rosie Project

Graeme Simison
Availability: 2018; 2019

The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance about a handsome but awkward genetics professor and the woman who is totally wrong for him.  The Rosie Project is a romantic comedy like no other. It is arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, and it will make you want to drink cocktails. (329 pgs.)

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Sanctuary Line

Jane Urquhart
Availability: 2018; 2019

Set in the present day on a farm at the shores of Lake Erie, Jane Urquhart's stunning new novel weaves elements from the nineteenth-century past, in Ireland and Ontario, into a gradually unfolding contemporary story of events in the lives of the members of one family that come to alter their futures irrevocably. (278 pgs.)

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Secret Daughter

Shilpi Gowda
Availability: 2018; 2019

On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to a baby girl. But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter's life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son. (346 pgs.)

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Sister of Mine
Laurie Petrou
Availability: 2018; 2019

When is a debt ever fully paid?Penny and Hattie are sisters in a small town, bound tight to the point of knots. They share a secret they cannot escape, even while it pulls them apart. One night, a match is lit, and Penny’s terrible husband is killed – a marriage going up in flames, and offering the potential of a new life. The sisters retreat into their family home – a house of secrets and memories – and try to live in the shadow of what they put in motion. 

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Nino Ricci
Availability: 2018; 2019

David Pace is a man who has it all--a successful career as an almost-famous academic, a wife blessed with both beauty and brains, a young son and a lovely home. But David's brain has begun to misfire. It shuts off when David is meant to be awake--when he's writing, when he's lecturing, when he's driving--but otherwise denies him any rest at all. (256 pgs.)

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Smoke River

Krista Foss
Availability:2018; 2019

An extraordinarily accomplished debut, Smoke River follows two families on different sides of a crisis with deep roots in history and territory through one fateful summer. After a proposed subdivision becomes the site of a Mohawk protest -- the land, which has long formed a kind of neutral border between a reserve and the neighbouring town, is contested -- tensions escalate through three sweltering months, exposing old wounds, as well as forging new and sometimes surprising connections. (344 pgs.)

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The Spawning Grounds

Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Availability2018; 2019

An intimate family saga rooted in the Thompson-Shuswap region of British Columbia, and saturated with the history of the place. A bold new story that bridges Native and white cultures across a bend in a river where the salmon run. On one side of the river is a ranch once owned by Eugene Robertson, who came in the gold rush around 1860, and stayed on as a homesteader. On the other side is a Shuswap community that has its own tangled history with the river--and the whites. (300 pgs.)

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Still Alice

Lisa Genova
Availability: 2018; 2019

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. (293 pgs.)

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Still Mine
Amy Stuart
Availability2018; 2019
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU VANISH FROM YOUR LIFE AND LEAVE NO STORY BEHIND? SOMEONE WILL MAKE ONE UP FOR YOU. Clare is on the run. From her past, from her ex, and from her own secrets. When she turns up alone in the remote mining town of Blackmore asking about Shayna Fowles, the local girl who disappeared, everyone wants to know who Clare really is and what she's hiding.  (311 pgs.)
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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Gabrielle Zevin
Availability: 2018; 2019

A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession--a rare edition of Poe poems--has been stolen.  a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew. (260 pgs.)

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Strangers with the Same Dream
Alison Pick
Availability: 2018; 2019

Writing with tightly controlled intensity, Alison Pick takes us inside the minds of her vastly different characters--two young unmarried women, one plain and one beautiful, escaping peril in Russia and Europe; one older man, a charismatic group leader who is married with two children; and his wife, Hannah, who understands all too well the dark side of "equality"--to show us how idealism quickly tumbles into pragmatism, and how the utopian dream is punctured by messy human entanglements. (384 pgs.)

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The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel
Katherine Govier
Availability: 2018; 2019

The coming of the railroad to the Canadian Rockies has brought a parade of newcomers to the heavenly Bow Valley--climbers, coal miners, artists, scientists, runaway aristocrats and remittance men. Among the latter is the poacher Herbie Wishart, who arrived on a one-way ticket and has reinvented himself as a trail guide and teller of tall tales. (384 pgs.)

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Translation of Love
Lynne Kutsukake
Availability: 2018; 2019
Set against the pulsing backdrop of post-war Tokyo, The Translation of Love tells the gripping and heartfelt story of a newly repatriated Japanese-Canadian girl who must help a classmate find her missing sister. A dazzling New Face of Fiction for 2016 that will appeal to readers of All the Light We Cannot See and Anita Shreve.  (318 pgs.)
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Us Conductors

Sean Michaels
Availability: 2018; 2019

A beautiful, haunting novel inspired by the true life and loves of the famed Russian scientist, inventor and spy Lev Termen - creator of the theremin. Us Conductors takes us from the glamour of Jazz Age New York to the gulags and science prisons of the Soviet Union.  (347 pgs.)

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Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn't heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, he is inspired to deliver his message in person to Queenie - 600 miles away--because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die. (320 pgs.)

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Virgin Cure

Ami McKay
Availability: 2018; 2019

Set in Victorian New York in the year 1871, as a crowded, sweltering summer of riots and poverty comes to a close, 12-year-old Moth's journey is just beginning. Sold away by her mother, Moth becomes a pickpocket on the streets of the Lower East Side and becomes involved in a world of danger and violence. (356 pgs.)

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A Walk Across the Sun

Corbin Addison
Availability: 2018; 2019

 When a tsunami rages through their coastal home in India, sisters Ahalya and Sita are left orphaned and alone. Searching for protection in a devastated landscape, they are thrust into a seamy world of violence and underground commerce. In Washington, D.C., attorney Thomas Clarke, facing his own personal and professional crisis, makes the fateful decision to pursue a pro bono sabbatical in Mumbai, India, with a non-profit organization that prosecutes the region's human traffickers. Though Clarke and the sisters are separated by half a world, their destinies are intertwined. (437 pgs.)

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Winter Palace

Eva Stachniak
Availability: 2018; 2019

A reimagining of the early years of Catherine the Great traces the story of two young women: Barbara, a servant who will become one of Russia's most cunning royal spies, and Sophia, a pretty, naive German duchess who will become Catherine the Great. (444 pgs.)

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