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The Mystery of Henry Pick by David Foenkinos

How could a virtually illiterate pizza chef have produced a literary and publishing bestseller without anyone, including his family knowing it? A young editor of a large French publisher and her writer lover dig into this conundrum with satisfyingly surprising results.

Matrix by Lauren Groff

A young woman forced into monastic life turns what could be despair into triumph and brings with her a group of holy women whose lives she improves as she finds her own way to success and fulfillment.

The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

Poverty, squalor and oppression cannot keep people from finding meaning and even happiness in the solace of the written word in this heartfelt story of Cambodian survivors of the Khmer Rouge purges. It is, in the end, a hopeful and inspiring book.

My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

These sensitive and heartbreaking but inspirational tales of courage, love and resistance to the vicissitudes of the world is of a literary quality that makes them a pleasure to read, in spite of the unhappy circumstances the characters must face.

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

: Five young people who live centuries apart and in different cultures all find direction and meaning in a work of utter fantasy that reminds the reader of the unintended consequences of seeking utopia.

One by One by Ruth Ware

A new take on an old theme, this tale of being trapped in a snowbound and avalanche-isolated chalet with a group of people each harboring their own agenda will keep the reader’s interest to the very last page.

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

The short but eventful life of Hamnet Shakespeare, the Bard’s only son is portrayed with passion, empathy and consummate skill which will not fail to capture the reader’s sympathy for father, son, mother, sisters and greater family. Superbly written and paced with great craft, this is a notable work that should not be missed.

Hail Mary by Andy Weir

A space voyager must overcome what seem to be insurmountable difficulties to save earth from destruction and must do it alone. But is he truly alone? Masterfully written with great heart and exciting to the last, it’s a pleasure to read.

The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos

The fourth and final volume of an epic fantasy. Young Ophelia must navigate dangerous waters, avoiding numerous perils. Complex and rich narrative with a multitude of fascinating characters and suspenseful action.