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The Other Mrs.

Park Row Books

A hypnotic, addictive, and twisty psychological thriller which Netflix is turning into a feature film.

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. It’s their eerie old home, with its decrepit decor and creepy attic, which they inherited from Will’s sister after she died unexpectedly. It’s Will’s disturbed teenage niece Imogen, with her dark and threatening presence. And it’s the troubling past that continues to wear at the seams of their family.

As the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of Morgan’s death. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

The Other Mrs. is Mary Kubica’s best book yet — which is saying a lot! I tore through the twisty, spine-tinglingly creepy pages.”

— Sarah Pekkanen, New York Times bestselling author

Code Name Hélène

Doubleday

Based on the real-life story of socialite spy, Nancy Wake, and the four code names she used during the war, comes a spellbinding and moving story of enduring love, remarkable sacrifice and unfaltering resolve.

It is 1936 and Nancy is an Australian expat living in Paris who has bluffed her way into a reporting job, when she meets and marries wealthy French industrialist Henri Fiocca and becomes Mrs. Fiocca. Shortly after the Germans invade France, Nancy must take yet another name: a code name.

Told in interweaving timelines organized around the four code names Nancy used during the war, Code Name Hélène follows Nancy’s transformation from journalist into one of the most powerful leaders in the French Resistance, known for her ferocious wit, her signature red lipstick, and her ability to summon weapons straight from the Allied Forces. But with power comes notoriety, and no matter how careful Nancy is to protect her identity, the risk of exposure is great — for herself and for those she loves.

“Ariel Lawhon delivers . . . and will fascinate readers of World War II history and thrill fans of fierce, brash, independent women.”

— Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author

Such a Fun Age

G.P. Putnam's Sons

A Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick and New York Times bestseller. This is a big-hearted debut about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

Alix is a woman who gets what she wants. A mother to two small girls, she started as a blogger and has built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So, she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira, is confronted by a security guard who sees a young black woman with a white child and accuses Emira of kidnapping her daughter. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.

Emira is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

“It's both wildly fun and breathtakingly wise, deftly and confidently confronting issues of race, class, and privilege. I have to admit, I'm in awe.”

— Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author

My Dark Vanessa

William Morrow

An explosive debut that explores the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a naïve teenage girl and her magnetic, manipulative teacher.

In 2000 a bright fifteen-year-old Vanessa becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob, her forty-two-year-old teacher. It is now 2017 and Jacob is accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa. Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, believing her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her? Is it possible the man she loved as a teenager may be far different from what she has always believed?

Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood.

"This is a hard story to read and a harder one to put down . . . a well-constructed package of dynamite."

— Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author

Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes

Berkley

A clever debut about a privileged high school — the micro-managing parents, the overworked teachers, and the students caught in the middle.

Isobel knows helicopter parents like Julia Abbott — whose world revolves around interfering in her children's lives. Julia resents teachers like Isobel, who effortlessly bond with students, including Julia’s own teenagers.

Isobel has spent her teaching career side-stepping the community's high-powered families. But when she receives a threatening voicemail accusing her of Anti-Americanism and a “blatant liberal agenda”, she realizes she's squarely in the fray. Rather than cowering, Isobel continues her social-justice ideals. Meanwhile, Julia, obsessed with the casting of the school's winter musical, inadvertently shoves the female student lead after sneaking onto the school campus. The damning video goes viral and has far-reaching consequences for Julia.

With nothing to unite them beyond the sting of humiliation, Isobel and Julia will find common ground where they least expect it, confronting a secret Facebook site that's stirring up trouble for this school community.

"Helicopter parenting and high school politics at their worst — and funniest. A smart, fast-paced, and deliciously entertaining debut!"

— Meg Donohue, USA Today bestselling author

The Book of Lost Friends

Ballantine Books

A dramatic story of three women in search of family amidst the destruction of the post-Civil War South, and a modern-day teacher who rediscovers their story and its connection to her own students' lives.

Louisiana, 1875: Three young women set off on a perilous quest: Lavinia, heir to a now-destitute plantation; Juneau Jane, her illegitimate free-born Creole half-sister; and Hannie, Lavinia's former slave. Each carries private wounds and powerful secrets as they head for Texas, following dangerous roads with vigilantes and soldiers still fighting a lost war. For Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is one of financial desperation, but for Hannie, torn from family before slavery's end, the pilgrimage reignites the question: Could her family still be out there?

Louisiana, 1987: First-year teacher Benedetta lands in tiny, out-of-step, Augustine, Louisiana. The town seems suspicious of new ideas and new people and she can scarcely comprehend the lives of her poverty-stricken students. But amid the gnarled live oaks and run-down plantations lies the history of three young women, a long-ago journey, and a hidden book that could change everything.

"Wingate is a compelling storyteller . . ."

— Publishers Weekly
 

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