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Find monthly adult fiction titles that our librarians recommend for discussion:
The Cafe By The Sea
Returning to her family’s Scottish island town in the aftermath of her mother’s death, a London girl-about-town opens a cafe when she discovers that her father and brothers are not quite up to the task of running the family farm.
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After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, A Daughter’s Search
A searing memoir of the author’s efforts to understand her late mother’s life and murder describes the traumatic loss of her mother in childhood, the 12-year manhunt for the killer, and the author’s investigations into her mother’s past in the dark corners of a small Maine community.
Subjects: Murder, Children of murder victims, Mothers and daughters
Page count: 386
The Yellow House
This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house’s entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina.
Subjects: African American women authors, African American families, New Orleans
Page count: 376
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As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
Subjects: Cyborgs, Stepfamilies, Social classes
Page count: 390
Monday’s Not Coming
Tiffany D. Jackson
When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday’s mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.
Subjects: African American teenagers, Missing persons, Friendship
Page Count: 435
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Kitty, who looks like a kitten yet feels she is actually a unicorn, begins to doubt herself as others ridicule her, until she meets a unicorn that helps her discover and embrace who she is.
Page count: 48
The Someday Birds
Sally J. Pla,
Charlie, twelve, who has autism and obsessive compulsive disorder, must endure a cross-country trip with his siblings and a strange babysitter to visit their war-journalist father who will undergo brain surgery after being injured in Afghanistan.
Page count: 336
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Feeling most alive when he’s playing the blues with his grandfather, Clayton is devastated when his grandfather dies and his mother forbids him from playing music, losses that compel him to run away and join bluesmen on the road.
Page count: 176