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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
During the last year of World War II, Marie-Laure, a French teenager who is blind, and Werner, an intelligent German soldier, come together, despite being on opposite sides of the conflict. After the fall of Paris, Marie-Laure and her father, a locksmith for a museum, flee to Saint-Malo to live with her great-uncle, who joins the Resistance. The father-daughter duo take a very precious jewel from the museum with them. Werner is a German orphan who escaped a life in the mines by using his mathematical abilities. Educated at a Nazi training school, he serves the cause but questions its morality. An assignment brings him to Saint-Malo, where he meets Marie-Laure and all the pieces fall into place. (2014)
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
A young couple's decision has far-reaching effects in this novel by M.L. Stedman. When Tom Sherbourne accepts a position as a lighthouse keeper on a tiny island far from the Australian coast, he hopes to leave behind the horrors he witnessed on the battlefields of World War I. His wife Isabel joins him in his pursuit, and they forge a strong relationship in their isolation. Tom and Isabel have almost no contact with the outside world during their years on the island. Gradually, three failed pregnancies take their toll on Isabel. When a boat carrying a man's corpse and a live baby drifts to their island, Isabel persuades Tom that they should pretend the girl is theirs. When Tom and Isabel finally return to the mainland, they learn the repercussions of their choice. First novel. (2012)
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Best-selling author Erik Larson examines the rise of Nazi Germany through the lenses of two very different people: the first American ambassador to the Third Reich and his daughter, a carefree spirit wooed by the Nazi upper crust. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin follows soft-spoken William E. Dodd and his daughter Martha as they carouse through a Germany that is gradually more controlled by Hitler and his oppressive henchmen. Dodd is leery of the Reich's aims, while Martha revels in the excesses of high society, creating a multifaceted portrait of a country in the grip of a madman. (2011)
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . ."
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives--presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations. (2014)
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Euphoria by Lily King
English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying a tribe on the Sepik River in the Territory of New Guinea with little success. Increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when he encounters the famous and controversial Nell Stone and her wry, mercurial Australian husband Fen. Bankson is enthralled by the magnetic couple whose eager attentions pull him back from the brink of despair. Nell and Fen have their own reasons for befriending Bankson. Emotionally and physically raw from studying the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo tribe, the couple is hungry for a new discovery. But when Bankson leads them to the artistic, female-dominated Tam, he ignites an intellectual and emotional firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control. (2014)
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen