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The Japanese Lover – Isabel Allende

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom.

Putney Bridge – Helen Ryan

Maternal love is not always welcome – and not always benign. Martha Simpson lives a conventional, middle class life in London, with her partner, Gabe, a gentle American academic, and her daughter, Shelley, 20. Shelley is a sweet natured, open young woman with a passion for animals. Her sister, Jo, is the opposite: ambitious, clever and training to be a barrister. One day, Shelley meets Sam, 19, on the street and starts an intense relationship with him. Martha watches as, under Sam’s influence, Shelley changes, abandoning ...



See Me – Nicholas Sparks

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he's determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.


Trail of Broken Wings – Sejal Badani

When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she’d fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay.



The Girl Who Chased the Moon – Sarah Addison Allen

Emily Benedict has come to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life...

Things We Set on Fire – Deborah Reed

Sisters Elin and Kate fought mercilessly in childhood and have avoided each other for years. Elin seems like the last person to watch her sister convalesce after an attempted suicide. But Elin has her own reasons for coming to Kate's side and will soon discover Kate’s own staggering needs.



We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

College student Rosemary Cooke is haunted by her unique childhood in this novel of nature, nurture, and the far-reaching effects of loss. Raised alongside chimpanzee Fern as part of her father's academic research until Fern's abrupt removal from the household, Rosemary's struggle with the past becomes acute when her long-absent brother, who departed soon after Fern, comes back into her life. -- Julia S., DC Public Library staff