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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.

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Women’s Fiction Giveaway: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . .” This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959.

The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets.

Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of her work, Anne Tyler’s latest novel tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity.

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Literary Fiction Giveaway: If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie

A heartfelt and wondrous debut about family, fear, and skateboarding, that Karen Russell calls “A bruiser of a tale . . . a death-defying coming-of-age story.”

Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is rich and loving, full of art, experiments, and music—but confined to their small house.

But Will’s thirst for adventure can’t be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside.

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Hello from the Gillespies Is Perfect for Your Book Club

Would you ever tell the truth – the real, honest-to-goodness truth – in your annual holiday letter?

For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself—she tells the truth …

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Without Angela, the family would fall apart.

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Start Reading J, Finalist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize

Does knowing that a book won a literary award make you more likely to read it? Why or why not? Share in the comments!

The winner of the 2014 Man Booker prize will be unveiled tonight (October 14, 2014) in a ceremony in Guildhall, London. We’re thrilled to share an excerpt from one of the finalists: J by Howard Jacobson.

J is a dystopia that invites comparison with George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.” –Sunday Times

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International Praise for Bonita Avenue

Be among the first to learn about a literary sensation that’s sweeping Europe!

Bonita Avenue will be available in the U.S. in January 2015, and we’re thrilled to share it with you now. Critics are hailing Peter Buwalda as “The Dutch answer to Jonathan Franzen.”

A riveting portrait of a family in crisis and the ways that even the smallest twists of fate can forever change our lives, Bonita Avenue is an incendiary, unpredictable debut of relationships torn asunder by lies, and minds destroyed by madness.

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An Unexpected Fairy Tale: Start Reading The Witch

A brilliant new collection of stories that put a modern twist on classic fairy tales from New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson.

The downtrodden prevail, appearances deceive, and humility and virtue triumph in The Witch, as lost children try to find their way home, adults cursed by past unspeakable acts are fated to experience their own horror in the present, and true love—or is it enchantment?—conquers all. Start reading now and discover a fairy tale like none you’ve ever read before.

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What Inspires a Writer? The Answer May Surprise You

For the author of Barracuda, inspiration comes from books – and classic cinema.

“Books come first but all the other arts also inspire and challenge a writer,” says Christos Tsiolkas.

“I recall seeing Breathless as a teenager, and the shock of Godard’s experimentation was so powerful that I could hardly get up from my seat at the end. The film introduced the jump cut into cinema, and the jump cut has been an important way for me to think about my own writing.”

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Start Reading Julie and Romeo

“The first time I heard the name Cacciamani I was five years old. My father said it, and then he spit.”

So begins Jeanne Ray’s Julie and Romeo. Romeo Cacciamani and Julie Roseman are rival florists whose families have hated each other for as long as anyone can remember, yet no one can remember why. When the two meet at a small business owners’ seminar, an intense and unwavering attraction blooms between them.

Unsure of what fate has in store, but deeply in love, Julie and Romeo are not about to let something as silly as a generations-long feud stand in their way.