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There isn’t a woman in New Salem who doesn’t recall a grandmother or an aunt using words and ways to make a house tidy or a hem neat. Witchcraft has been a punishable crime for generations, but this is the nineteenth century! Women are holding jobs and living alone! So why not band together and write the spells necessary to hang the laundry and win the right to vote?

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ISBN: 9780316422048
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Published: Redhook - October 13th, 2020

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Andrew Smith's job is to visit the homes of those who've died alone and search for a next of kin or at least money for the funeral. In his spare time, he takes comfort in Ella Fitzgerald’s music and an online community of model train aficionados. When he absentmindedly lies at a job interview, you think that he simply just can’t be bothered explaining how it all started, but gradually you realize there’s more to it and that he’s found some sort of solace in his imaginary life. Then comes Peggy, and this is just the beginning. Dark and funny, Something to Live For is a story exploring loneliness, the ways we shield ourselves from others, and the walls we build. But it’s also a story of love and friendship and finding the strength to break those walls.

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ISBN: 9780525539896
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 28th, 2020

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The newest novel from Ottessa Moshfegh is a change of pace from her usual style of immediate, biting provocation. With Death in Her Hands, she crafts an unnerving murder mystery that unfolds solely within the mind of her narrator...or does it? This is a heavily internalized work of psychological suspense in the vein of another great New England writer, Shirley Jackson. Moshfegh has a delicate handle on the perspective of her prickly narrator, and slowly envelops the reader in an interior world of delusions both grand and small. This is by no means a traditional mystery, but a suspenseful and genuinely chilling character study.

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ISBN: 9781984879356
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Published: Penguin Press - June 23rd, 2020