• The cover of the book The Farm

    The Farm

    The debut novel of Joanne Ramos is a timely examination of motherhood, meritocracy, and the failing American dream told through the lens of an immigrant’s story. It centers around the Farm: a posh resort that pays women a life-changing fee to serve as surrogate mothers. The catch? The women are under constant surveillance, can’t leave the grounds, and are completely cut off from their former lives.

     
  • The cover of the book Evvie Drake Starts Over

    Evvie Drake Starts Over

    This charming and quirky romance tells the story of recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake. The loss of her husband, Andy, to a car crash has left her world shattered. When Andy’s childhood friend, Dean Tenney, takes a break from his Major League pitching career to spend some time in his hometown, he and Evvie start an unlikely friendship and perhaps something more.

     
  • The cover of the book On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

    On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

    The long-awaited debut novel from acclaimed poet Ocean Vuong is a powerful portrait of family, first love, and redemption. Told as a letter from a son to his mother who cannot read, the novel recounts a family’s history from its beginnings in Vietnam to its present in service of a shattering, poignant revelation.

     
  • The cover of the book The Travelers

    The Travelers

    This intertwining tale of two families spans decades and continents. The Travelers follows the intersecting lives of the Vincent and Christie families from the 1950s to the Obama years. Managing to balance a sweeping scale with an intimate sense of storytelling, the novel is an exploration of not only family ties, but how we have reached this current point in society.

     
  • The cover of the book Whiskey When We're Dry

    Whiskey When We're Dry

    Despite shades of True Grit and Blood Meridian, John Larison’s debut is nonetheless a wholly original examination of gender identity, violence, and survival set against the backdrop of the American west. Seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney is an orphan struggling to survive on her family’s 1885 homestead. Unable to make a go of it any longer, she chops off her hair and binds her chest before setting off to find her wayward outlaw brother.

     
  • The cover of the book Disappearing Earth

    Disappearing Earth

    When two young girls set out on a mission on the remote Kamchatka peninsula, a small, tight-knit community is thrown into turmoil. Disappearing Earth takes readers through a year in the beautiful, haunting, and sometimes alien terrain of Kamchatka and deep into the simmering social and ethnic tensions that threaten to destroy a community.

     
  • The cover of the book Haunting Paris

    Haunting Paris

    Set in Paris in 1989, Mamta Chaudhry’s lyrical debut centers around a grieving pianist named Sylvie who discovers an enigmatic letter among her late lover’s possessions. The letter, and its story, consumes Sylvie and pushes her into the decades-long search for a young girl who vanished during the Nazi occupation.

     
  • The cover of the book How Not to Die Alone

    How Not to Die Alone

    How Not to Die Alone is a sharp, darkly humorous, and delightfully quirky romance. Andrew is in a rut, stuck in a thankless job tracking down the next of kin of people who die alone. Peggy is new to the office and immediately sparks something in the reclusive Andrew. Unfortunately, a seemingly small lie threatens his tenuous outreach to a world he thought had left him behind.

     
  • The cover of the book The Plus One

    The Plus One

    We can all agree dating is hard. Why not build your ideal date? What could possibly go wrong? Kelly is a brilliant, perpetually single robotics engineer. With her younger sister’s wedding on the horizon, and each attempt to find her plus one more cringe-inducing than the last, Kate does the logical thing: she builds a boyfriend. Everything is going well–at least until she begins to really fall for her mechanical mate.

     
  • The cover of the book My Lovely Wife

    My Lovely Wife

    In this twisty debut, Samantha Downing takes readers into the trenches of a fifteen year-long marriage on the downhill slide towards boredom. The pitch perfect suburban life isn’t quite what it seems and marriage is nothing if not a repository of secrets. It just so happens that getting away with murder is a perfect way to keep that marital spark alive.

     
  • The cover of the book Golden Child

    Golden Child

    Set in Trinidad, Golden Child focuses on Clyde, a family man in a rural community working long hours to support his children. The twins, Paul and Peter, could not be more different. Paul is an endless source of trouble. Peter is the golden child, a genius. When Peter goes missing and hours turn into days, Clyde is forced to face a horrifying reality enough to shatter any parent.

     
  • The cover of the book We Cast a Shadow

    We Cast a Shadow

    Set in a near future of fenced-in ghettos and police brutality, families are turning to an experimental medical procedure–one that involves skin bleaching, lip thinning, and nose narrowing–to secure a better life for their children. The unnamed narrator wants the best for his biracial son, Nigel. But as Nigel becomes darker by the day, his father’s fears are barreling towards a breaking point and his desire to save his son threatens to leave their family in tatters. Reading like a Kafka-esque Get Out, We Cast a Shadow is a hallucinatory and timely debut. 


     
  • The cover of the book The Old Drift

    The Old Drift

    Playing out over the course of a century, Namwali Serpell’s imaginative debut centers around a cycle of revenge and convergence among a group of Zambian families. Beginning in a 1904, when an unfortunate mistake links the families of an African busboy and and Italian hotelier, The Old Drift chronicles a stunning chain of events that plays out across a generation. It examines family, loss, and an everyday sort of magic that is both wondrous and surreal.

     
  • The cover of the book American Spy

    American Spy

    Set against the tumultuous, simmering backdrop of the Cold War, American Spy follows Marie Mitchell–a young black intelligence officer in a notorious old boy’s club. She’s sent on a mission to seduce and ultimately topple the charismatic president of Burkina Faso. It’s a mission of vital importance to the American mission, but also one that will lead her to question everything she knows about herself and the profession she’s dedicated her life to.