Fiercely Female Spotlight (3/9/21)

In honor of International Women’s Day yesterday, we are spotlighting books with strong female characters, including a teenage outlaw trying to survive and keep her family together, a family saga revolving around a mother and two teens, and a new kind of feminism through the eyes of an influential Peruvian writer.

WE BEGIN AT THE END by Chris Whitaker

2 starred reviews and a LibraryReads pick!

“A police chief who never grew up and a girl who never had a childhood try to solve the murder of someone they love…A fierce 13-year-old girl propels this dark, moving thriller.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Powered by extraordinarily deep character development and an impressively intricate plot, this novel is simultaneously a murder mystery, a love story, and a heartbreaking tragedy. The existential agony is palpable throughout, but so, too, is the hope at the end. Whitaker has upped his game with this emotionally charged page-turner.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE RECENT EAST by Thomas Grattan

“Grattan’s striking and surprising debut traces the parallel fates of a town in the former East Germany and a mother and her two children who struggle to make it their home…At turns funny and frightening, this is a moving, memorable portrait of a family and town in turmoil.”–Publishers Weekly

MONA by Pola Oloixarac

“Argentinian writer Oloixarac (DARK CONSTELLATIONS) offers a smart, provocative take on contemporary literary culture. At the novel’s opening, Stanford doctoral candidate Mona, a deeply cynical Peruvian, wakes up on a train platform in Palo Alto, Calif., with her body badly bruised and no memory of how she came to be in such a state…The rich inner life of its namesake character propels this vibrant examination of the writing world.”–Publishers Weekly

WE BEGIN AT THE END by Chris Whitaker; 9781250759665; available now.
THE RECENT EAST by Thomas Grattan; 9780374247935; available now.
MONA by Pola Oloixarac; 9780374211899; available 3/16/21.

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