Absolution by Alice McDermott

Staff Pick

This rich and beautiful novel is set in Saigon during the Vietnam War and is told from the point of view of American wives performing their duty as "helpmates" to their husbands--and their husbands' careers. Teeming with the cacophony of the streets. the chaos of the markets, the smells and heat of the city, the narrative focuses on Tricia, a young bride, who meets Charlene, a gorgeous mother of three, and quickly gets drawn into her orbit of charity work for local causes--some of which have not been carefully enough thought through.




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ISBN: 9780374610487
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 31st, 2023

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

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If you’re looking for a feminist fantasy, this powerful and imaginative book is it. The story unfolds in 1955 America, when, in a mass dragoning, hundreds of thousands of women step out of their skins, stretch their dragon wings, and fly away from their lives, leaving behind jobs, children, and husbands.  Those who remain try to ignore this event, but one little girl, Alex Greene, breaks the silence with her story of growing up without loved ones and then reconciling with them when they return.  


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ISBN: 9780593466575
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Published: Anchor - May 16th, 2023

Pomegranate by Helen Elaine Lee

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Lee's gorgeously written novel follows Ranita, who is being released after four years in prison.  A recovering addict and alcoholic, she faces many challenges to get her life back, from staying sober and gaining custody of her kids, to repairing relationships and avoiding former associates and habits. She's also coming to terms with being a queer Black woman, which includes coming out to her family and finding new safe spaces.  You will root for Ranita with every page.

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ISBN: 9781982171896
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Published: Atria Books - April 11th, 2023