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"Our Missing Hearts"
by Celeste Ng

Our October Book of the Month

"Our Missing Hearts"
by Celeste Ng

Our October Book of the Month

September: “The Boys” by Katie Hafner

The Boys by Katie Hafner Our September 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK When introverted Ethan Fawcett marries fun-loving Barb, so comfortable in the world, he has every reason to believe he will be delivered from a lifetime of solitude. She fills his world with...

August: “A Map for the Missing” by Belinda Huijuan Tang

A Map For the Missing by Belinda Huijuan Tang Our August 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Tang Yitian has been living in America for almost a decade when he receives an urgent phone call from his mother: his father has disappeared from the family’s rural village...

July: “The Latecomer” by Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Latecomerby Jean Hanff Korelitz Our July 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK The Latecomer follows the story of the wealthy, New York City-based Oppenheimer family, from the first meeting of parents Salo and Johanna, under tragic circumstances, to their triplets...

June: “This Time Tomorrow” by Emma Straub

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub Our June 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK On the eve of her 40th birthday, Alice’s life isn’t terrible. She likes her job, even if it isn’t exactly the one she expected. She’s happy with her apartment, her romantic status, her...

May: “Trust” by Hernan Diaz

Trust by Hernan Diaz Our May 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats....

April: “Mecca” by Susan Straight

Mecca by Susan Straight Our April 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Johnny Frías has California in his blood. A descendant of the state’s Indigenous people and Mexican settlers, he has Southern California’s forgotten towns and canyons in his soul. He spends his...

March: “Free Love” by Tessa Hadley

Free Love by Tessa Hadley Our March 2022 Book of the Month Our March Book of the Month, Free Love by Tessa Hadley, is a wonderful contemporary companion to our series about the shift from the traditional marriage plot by female writers. Hadley’s omniscient narration...

February: “Honor” by Thrity Umrigar

Honor by Thrity Umrigar Our February 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Indian American journalist Smita has returned to India to cover a story, but reluctantly: long ago she and her family left the country with no intention of ever coming back. As she follows the...

January: “Olga Dies Dreaming” by Xochitl Gonzalez

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez Our January 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK It’s 2017, and Olga and her brother, Pedro “Prieto” Acevedo, are boldfaced names in their hometown of New York. Prieto is a popular congressman representing their gentrifying...

November: “Oh William!” by Elizabeth Strout

Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout Our November 2021 Book of the Month Oh, Elizabeth you have pierced my heart again. I have loved Elizabeth Strout’s work since I first introduced my clients to her debut novel Amy & Isabelle in 1998. In the years since, she has...

October: “Fight Night” by Miriam Toews

Fight Night by Miriam Toews Our October 2021 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK “You’re a small thing,” Grandma writes, “and you must learn to fight.” Swiv’s Grandma, Elvira, has been fighting all her life. From her upbringing in a strict religious...

September: “Radiant Fugitives” by Nawaaz Ahmed

Radiant Fugitives by Nawaaz Ahmed Our September 2021 Book of the Month Sometimes you read a book and it becomes deeply personal. Radiant Fugitives is a novel that is outside of my life experience and yet every scene written by Ahmed was as Roberta Flack sang, “telling...

August: “Intimacies” by Katie Kitamura

Intimacies by Katie Kitamura Our August 2021 Book of the Month Our August Book of the Month, Intimacies by Katie Kitamura, is a subtle and beautifully written novel about what it is to balance the global and the personal when the world is constantly swirling in our...

July: “Great Circle” by Maggie Shipstead

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead Our July 2021 Book of the Month As we all start to leave our homes and venture out again, we thought you might want to go EPIC with your summer reading. Our July Book of the Month, Great Circle by best-selling author Maggie Shipstead,...

June: “The Other Black Girl” by Zakiya Dalila Harris

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris Our June 2021 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Urgent, propulsive, and sharp as a knife, The Other Black Girl is an electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white...

May: “Secrets of Happiness” by Joan Silber

Secrets of Happiness by Joan Silber Our May 2021 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Ethan, a young lawyer in New York, learns that his father has long kept a second family — a Thai wife and two kids living in Queens. In the aftermath of this revelation, Ethan’s...

April: “Infinite Country” by Patricia Engel

Infinite Country by Patricia Engel Our April 2021 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK I often wonder if we are living the wrong life in the wrong country. Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after...

March: “Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Our March 2021 Book of the Month Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017 as someone, “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the...

February: “My Year Abroad” by Chang-rae Lee

My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee Our February 2021 Book of the Month Babysitter night was my favorite night of the week when I was a pre-teen. It was the only night I could eat with abandon and steal cookies from the heavily guarded cookie jar. My brother and I would...

January: “Outlawed” by Anna North

Outlawed by Anna North Our January 2021 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK The Crucible meets True Grit in this riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West. In the year of our Lord...

December: “Before the Coffee Gets Cold” by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi Our December 2020 Book of the Month Before the Coffee Gets Cold is the perfect end of the worst year ever Book of the Month selection. This charming novel by Toshikazu Kawaguchi of time travel, relationships, and life...

November: “Leave the World Behind” by Rumaan Alam

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam Our November 2020 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK From the bestselling author of Rich and Pretty comes a suspenseful and provocative novel keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind...

October: “Homeland Elegies” by Ayad Akhtar

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar Our October 2020 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in...

September: “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi Our September 2020 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and...

August: “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell Our August 2020 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK England, 1580: The Black Death creeps across the land, an ever-present threat, infecting the healthy, the sick, the old and the young, alike. The end of days is near, but life always...

July: “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Our July 2020 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican...

June: “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Our June 2020 Book of the Month It is with a heavy heart that I have been watching the events occurring in our country and asking myself on a daily, if not hourly basis, “What can I do to help create a more humane and just world?” I...

May: “Pretty Things” by Janelle Brown

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown Our May 2020 Book of the Month Last week in the New York Times By the Book, the beloved novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, was asked if she counts any books she reads as guilty pleasures. I loved her response which was, “No, because the...

April: “Actress” by Anne Enright

Actress by Anne Enright Our April 2020 Book of the Month Early in the novel Actress by Anne Enright, our narrator Norah comments on a newspaper clipping from a childhood birthday party, “The headline, the article, it all points to that thing, the actress and her...

March: “The Night Watchman” by Louise Erdrich

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich Our March 2020 Book of the Month To quote a writer, we recently highlighted in our newsfeed, Grace Paley, “ Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world.” Grace Paley took a lot of time away from writing to be...

February: “Lost Children Archive” by Valeria Luiselli

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli Our February 2020 Book of the Month This week, Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli, acclaimed as one of the best books of 2019, will be released in paperback. At Literary Affairs we often revisit books that our readers...

January: “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Otherby Bernardine Evaristo Our January 2020 Book of the Month Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, the British-Nigerian winner of the 2019 Booker Prize, compels me to use the often cliché term tour de force. This brilliant eighth novel outshines...

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