Fiction

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Read It Forward features some of the finest fiction around, from international bestsellers to hot debuts. For readers who love contemporary, voice-driven, character-rich books.

Giveaways Good for Book Clubs

Be the First to Read The Knockoff, the Season’s Hottest Rom-Com Novel

“Makes The Devil Wears Prada look like My Little Pony.” –Toby Young, bestselling author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app.

A glittering, uproarious, sharply drawn story filled with thinly veiled fashion personalities, The Knockoff is an insider’s look at the ever-changing world of fashion and a fabulous romp for our Internet-addicted age.

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Enter for a Chance to Win Act of God: Part Horror Story, Part Screwball Comedy

A contemporary noir novel that starts out a comedy of errors and turns darker at every hairpin turn.

Alice Sebold has called her works “beautifully written.” Ann Patchett said Heroic Measures is “Smart and funny and completely surprising . . . I loved every page.” Her new novel Act of God “reads like an urbane spin on the Book of Job, written in the wake of Superstorm Sandy” (Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times).

It’s the summer of 2015, Brooklyn. The city is sweltering from another record-breaking heat wave, this one accompanied by biblical rains. Edith, a recently retired legal librarian, and her identical twin sister, Kat, a feckless romantic who’s mistaken her own eccentricity for originality, discover something ominous in their hall closet: it seems to be phosphorescent, it’s a mushroom . . . and it’s sprouting from their wall.

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Be Among the First to Read Toni Morrison’s New Novel God Help the Child

A fierce and provocative novel that adds a new dimension to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison.

At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love.

There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”

Giveaways Good for Book Clubs

Enter for Your Chance to Win Cynthia Bond’s Ruby, a Selection of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0

Read It Forward is celebrating the selection of Ruby for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 by giving away copies! Enter for your chance to win the book everybody’s going to be talking about.

Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man’s dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love.

Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage.

Author Essays Good for Book Clubs

Two Types of Violence We Encounter As Readers

It is an easy cliché to criticize violence as a part of our collective storytelling—but that is a gross over-simplification.

“I believe that there are two types of violence we encounter as readers, as audience members,” says Cynthia Bond, author of Ruby.

“One exists for the purpose of moving the plot of the story along, to direct the audience to the next highlighted point.

The second type of violence is a kind of documentation. It comes with the belief that some stories cannot be told without walking through a doorway, without witnessing the horror, without breathing in the pain.”

Bonus Book Content Good for Book Clubs

Official Reader’s Guide for Ruby by Cynthia Bond

An inspiring tribute to the human spirit, Ruby will captivate your reading group. We hope this guide enriches your journey.

Perfect for book clubs – and a selection of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 – Ruby is the kind of novel that will keep your group talking for hours.

“Reading Cynthia Bond’s Ruby, you can’t help but feel that one day this book will be considered a staple of our literature, a classic,” says Edwidge Danticat.

“Lush, deep, momentous, much like the people and landscape it describes, Ruby enchants not just with its powerful tale of lifelong quests and unrelenting love, but also with its exquisite language. It is a treasure of a book, one you won’t soon forget.”

Author Essays Good for Book Clubs

Conversation with Cynthia Bond, Author of Ruby

As a victim of human trafficking as a child, these stories and images filled my chest with horror, rage, and fear until I picked up a pen and placed it upon the blank page. Writing Ruby became my salvation.

“When I taught writing to homeless youth in Hollywood, I found that most of my students had themselves run from abuse,” remembers Cynthia Bond, author of Ruby.

“Somewhere along the way, living with my own abuse, and hearing stories of such pain and torment, I thought, If you can bear to have lived it, I can at least bear to listen. Ephram Jennings says that in some form to Ruby later in the novel. I asked that of myself while working on this book.”

Author Essays Good for Book Clubs

Aislinn Hunter on What It Means to Be a Writer

I was a high school dropout, a failed actress, and, if I’m being honest, I was, as my friends lovingly described it, “a bit dippy.” What I did have going for me was that I was wildly interested in the world.

“Because I’d had a miserable time in high school I’d left at seventeen, packing up and moving to Ireland to wait tables,” recalls Aislinn Hunter, author of The World Before Me.

“There, in Dublin, I shopped in flea markets and used-book stores, went to plays and concerts, and bused out to different parts of the country whenever I had a few days off. I found history everywhere—in the old buildings, the creaking doors of the pubs, in storytelling traditions that went back hundreds of years.”