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Althea and her husband, Procter, have been sentenced to prison after committing fraud and stealing from their flood-recovering community. Their twin girls have been left in the care of Althea’s youngest sister, Lillian, who cannot handle managing the family’s old house as well as the effects of the town’s hatred towards the entire family. When the other siblings, Viola and Joe, come to stay and help, various buried family traumas can no longer be ignored. The Butler family must confront or drown, or else they’ll bring their nieces down with them. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is an emotionally compelling read that deals with a lot of complicated issues, but not without the assurance that while some issues cannot have a fairytale ending, they can offer a silver lining after the storm.

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ISBN: 9781984802446
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Published: Berkley - January 14th, 2020

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Seventeenth-century Salem gets a neon update in Barry’s novel about the meteoric rise of the 1989 Danvers High School Women's Varsity Field Hockey Team to championship material—after they make a pact with the devil. In this case, the devil’s book is a spiral notebook with Emilio Estevez grinning up from the cover. Following each member of the team as they win matches and go to increasing lengths to gain Emilio’s favor, We Ride Upon Sticks is chock full of '80s lingo and nostalgia and both darker and sweeter than expected.

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ISBN: 9781524748098
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Published: Pantheon - March 3rd, 2020

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In a narrative that examines the cost and consequences of bearing witness, Sarah Perry introduces a new figure to the cast of characters that haunt children at bedtime. Melmoth, or Melmotka to the citizens of Prague— the city where translator and principal character Helen Franklin lives— is an ancient wanderer, doomed to track a path through some of the darkest chapters of history on bleeding feet. The cobbled-together chronicle of Melmoth that is given to Helen by a friend who is convinced he has begun to see the same ghastly presence forms the bulk of the story, weaving together historical moments of moral crisis: a German boy living in Nazi-occupied Prague, an airport where a gay man is being deported from France to Kinshasa, and a hospital room in Manila where a woman lies in terrible pain from an acid attack. The gothic style which Perry mastered in The Essex Serpent is on full display in this engrossing follow-up.

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ISBN: 9780062856401
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Published: Custom House - October 1st, 2019