Small Things Like These, by Claire Keegan

Staff Pick

Christmas 1985 for the Furlongs and their small Irish town is unexceptional. Bill Furlong delivers coal and collects payments, his wife bakes, and their five daughters attend choir practice, write to Santa, and finish their school exercises. But there’s more going on below this ordinary surface. When Bill opens the convent’s coal house, he finds one of the “girls in training” there. Disoriented, cold, dirty, and barefoot, Sarah begs Bill to help her escape. He takes her back to the nuns as he feels he should but, instead of dismissing the incident like a dutiful Catholic, he broods over what, in addition to its other unsettling elements, reminds him of both his daughters’ vulnerabilities and his own situation as the son of an unwed mother who never divulged his father’s identity.  As he gets more involved with Sarah, he rethinks the way he’s been taught to do things. From the opening page’s “long November winds,” Keegan’s novel brims with heart and exquisite craft—it only looks small.

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ISBN: 9780802158741
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Published: Grove Press - November 30th, 2021

You Never Get it Back, by Cara Blue Adams

Staff Pick

Adams's award-winning debut collection is a series of interconnected vignettes that paint a lush portrait of a young woman in her young adulthood. Kate Bishop is knowledgeable enough about the world, but still carefully treading the waters of love, friendship, and loss. As she navigates these different moments in her life, they seem to leave her with more questions than answers, but Adams's deft prose sheds light in the cracks and fissures of seemingly banal moments, elevating the beauty of the ordinary. 

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ISBN: 9781609388133
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Published: University Of Iowa Press - December 15th, 2021

The Fortune Men, by Nadifa Mohamed

Staff Pick

Mohamed's Booker Prize-short listed novel brings to vivid life both 1950s Great Britain and the experiences of the young Somali immigrant who was the last person to be executed in Cardiff. Fully evoking both the man and the society--flaws and all--the captivating prose conveys a deeply human story of anger and racism, condescension and police indifference to hostility against the immigrant community that made life for them akin to a tightrope walk over a gaping abyss. Though drawn from events 70 years in the past, the injustices and tensions Mohamed recounts continue to plague us, making this historical fiction as contemporary as today's headlines.  



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ISBN: 9780593534366
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Published: Knopf - December 14th, 2021