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At the End of the Matinee

At the End of the Matinee

Hirano, Keiichiro.
2021

Classical guitarist Satoshi Makino has toured the world and is at the height of his career when he first lays eyes on journalist Yoko Komine. Their bond forms instantly. Upon their first meeting, after Makino's concert in Tokyo, they begin a conversation that will go on for years, with long spells of silence broken by powerful moments of connection. Neither knows enough about love to see it blooming nor has the confidence to make the first move. Will their connection endure, weaving them back together like instruments in a symphony, or will fate lead them apart?

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Bone Rattle : An Arliss Cutter Novel.

Bone Rattle : An Arliss Cutter Novel.

Cameron, Marc.
2021

At Alaska's Fugitive Task Force, Arliss Cutter and deputy Lola Teariki are assigned to keeping track of sequestered jurors in a high-profile trial. The case involves a massive drug conspiracy with ties to a mining company, a lobbyist, and two state senators. When a prosecuting attorney is murdered - and a reporter viciously attacked - Cutter realizes they're dealing with something much bigger, and darker, than a simple drug trial. The truth lies deep within the ancient sites and precious mines of this isolated land - and inside the cold hearts of those would kill to hide its secrets.

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Caul Baby : A Novel.

Caul Baby : A Novel.

Jerkins, Morgan.
2021

Laila desperately wants to become a mother. She turns to the Melancons, an old and powerful Harlem family known for their caul, a precious layer of skin that is the secret source of their healing power. Hallow is special: she's born with a caul, and their matriarch, Maman, predicts the girl will restore the family's prosperity. Growing up, Hallow feels that something in her life is not right. When birth mother and daughter cross paths, Hallow will be forced to decide where she truly belongs. Print run 75,000.

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Dial A for Aunties : A Novel.

Dial A for Aunties : A Novel.

Sutanto, Jesse Q.
2021

A hilariously quirky novel that is equal parts murder mystery, rom-com, and a celebration of mothers and daughters as well as a deep dive into Chinese-Indonesian culture. Print run 75,000.

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The Dictionary of Lost Words : A Novel.

The Dictionary of Lost Words : A Novel.

Williams, Pip.
2021

Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the "Scriptorium," a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. As she grows up, Esme realizes that words and meanings relating to women's and common folks' experiences often go unrecorded. And so she begins in earnest to search out words for her own dictionary. To do so, she must leave her sheltered world and venture out to meet the people whose words will fill those pages.

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A Distant Shore

A Distant Shore

Kingsbury, Karen.
2021

A girl is caught in a riptide in the Caribbean Sea about to drown, when a teenage boy swims out to rescue her. But when he brings her back to shore, she is hurried off by her caretaker without a word. Ten years later, unbeknownst to them, the two meet again. Jack Ryder is now a fearless FBI agent and Lizzie James is on a pristine island trapped in an unthinkable nightmare. Once again, the stakes are incredibly high with both their lives on the line. Print run 250,000.

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The Elephant of Belfast : A Novel.

The Elephant of Belfast : A Novel.

Walsh, S.Kirk.
2021

In October 1940, twenty-year-old zookeeper Hettie Quin meets Violet, a three-year-old elephant arriving at the Belfast docks from Ceylon. Soon, she becomes Violet's dedicated zookeeper at the Bellevue Zoo. Six months later, in April 1941, Belfast is attacked. During the bombings, Hettie fights to save her elephant and survive the destruction and escalating sectarian unrest of the city. Inspired by the life of Denise Austin. Print run 25,000.

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Finding Ashley : A Novel.

Finding Ashley : A Novel.

Steel, Danielle.
2021

At sixteen, a pregnant Melissa was sent to a gloomy convent in Ireland to have - and give up - her baby, to spare the family shame. All these years later, Melissa's sister, Hattie, feels compelled to embark on a journey that will change both their lives forever, and track down the child Melissa gave up.

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Fugitive Telemetry : The Murderbot Diaries.

Fugitive Telemetry : The Murderbot Diaries.

Wells, Martha.
2021

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed, and why. Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans. Print run 100,000.

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Gold Diggers : A Novel.

Gold Diggers : A Novel.

Sathian, Sanjena.
2021

A floundering second-generation teenager growing up in the Bush-era Atlanta suburbs, Neil Narayan is authentic, funny, and smart. He tries to want this version of success, but mostly, Neil just wants his neighbour across the cul-de-sac, Anita Dayal. But Anita has a secret: she and her mother Anjali have been brewing an ancient alchemical potion from stolen gold. Anita just needs a little boost to get into Harvard. But when Neil - who needs a whole lot more - joins in the plot, events spiral into a tragedy that rips their community apart. Print run 100,000.

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The Good Sister : A Novel.

The Good Sister : A Novel.

Hepworth, Sally.
2021

From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be. Years ago, Fern did something very, very bad. And Rose has never told a soul. When Fern decides to help her sister achieve her heart's desire of having a baby, Rose realizes with growing horror that Fern might make choices that can only have a terrible outcome. What Rose doesn't realize is that Fern is growing more and more aware of the secrets Rose, herself, is keeping. And that their mother might have the last word after all. Author of "The Mother-In-Law." Print run 200,000.

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Hana Khan Carries On : A Novel.

Hana Khan Carries On : A Novel.

Jalaluddin, Uzma.
2021

When Hana's mysterious aunt and her teenage cousin arrive from India for a surprise visit, they draw Hana into a long-buried family secret. A hate-motivated attack on their neighbourhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana's growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival halal restaurant - who might not be a complete stranger after all. As life on the Golden Crescent unravels, Hana must learn to use her voice, draw on the strength of her community and decide what her future should be. Author of "Ayesha at Last." Residence: Toronto, ON. Print run 25,000.

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The Happiest Girl in the World : A Novel.

The Happiest Girl in the World : A Novel.

Dillon, Alena.
2021

For Sera Wheeler, the Olympics is the reason for everything. It's why she trains thirty hours a week, starves herself to under 100 pounds, and pops Advil like Tic Tacs. For her mother, Charlene, hungry for glory she never had, it's why she rises before dawn to drive Sera to practice in a different state, and why the family scrimps, saves, and fractures. Sera doubles down, taping broken toes, numbing torn muscles, and pouring her family's resources into the sport. Soon she isn't training for the love of gymnastics. No matter the cost. Author of "Mercy House." Print run 100,000.

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Hour of the Witch : A Novel.

Hour of the Witch : A Novel.

Bohjalian, Chris.
2021

Boston, 1662. Mary Deerfield is twenty-four-years-old and the second wife of Thomas Deerfield, a man as cruel as he is powerful. When Thomas, prone to drunken rage, drives a three-tined fork into the back of Mary's hand, she resolves that she must divorce him to save her life. But in a world where every neighbour is watching for signs of the devil, a woman like Mary soon finds herself the object of suspicion and rumour. Mary must fight to not only escape her marriage, but also the gallows. Author of "The Flight Attendant." Print run 150,000.

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The Last Exiles : A Novel.

The Last Exiles : A Novel.

Shin, Ann.
2021

Jin and Suja met and fell in love while studying at university in Pyongyang. She was a young journalist from a prominent family, while he was from a small village of little means. When Jin returns home to find his family starving, he makes a rash decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life. When Suja learns that Jin has disappeared, she risks everything, including defying her family, and sets out to find him, embarking on a dangerous journey that leads her into a dark criminal underbelly and will test their love and will to survive. Residence: Toronto, ON. Print run 25,000.

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Legacy of War

Legacy of War

Smith, Wilbur
2021


Mirrorland : A Novel.

Mirrorland : A Novel.

Johnstone, Carole.
2021

Cat lives in Los Angeles, about as far away as she can get from her estranged twin sister El and the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where they grew up. As girls, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs. When El mysteriously disappears, Cat is forced to return to the grand old house. At every turn, Cat finds herself stumbling on long-held secrets and terrifying ghosts from the past. Someone has left Cat clues all over the house: a treasure hunt that leads right back to Mirrorland, where she knows the truth lies crouched and waiting. Print run 100,000.

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Of Women and Salt : A Novel.

Of Women and Salt : A Novel.

Garcia, Gabriela.
2021

From 19th-century cigar factories to present-day detention centres, from Cuba to Mexico, this novel is a kaleidoscopic portrait of betrayals - personal and political, self-inflicted and those done by others - that have shaped the lives of three extraordinary women. A haunting meditation on the choices of mothers, the legacy of the memories they carry, and the tenacity of women who choose to tell their stories despite those who wish to silence them. Print run 200,000.

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One Two Three : A Novel.

One Two Three : A Novel.

Frankel, Laurie.
2021

Everyone knows everyone in the tiny town of Bourne. But the Mitchell sisters are especially beloved, and not just because they're teenage triplets. For a few weeks seventeen years ago, Bourne was national news when its water turned green and was declared unfit for use, but it was too late for its residents. And just when it seems life might go on the same forever, the first moving truck anyone's seen in years pulls up. Then a new student enrolls at Bourne Memorial High. In a town where nothing ever changes, suddenly everything does. Author of "This Is How It Always Is." Print run 150,000.

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The Passenger : A Novel.

The Passenger : A Novel.

Boschwitz, Ulrich Alexander.
2021

Berlin, November 1938. Jewish shops have been ransacked and looted, synagogues destroyed. As storm troopers pound on his door, Otto Silbermann, a respected businessman, is forced to sneak out the back of his own home. Turned away from establishments he had long patronized, and fearful of being exposed as a Jew despite his Aryan looks, he boards a train. And then another. And another - until his flight becomes a frantic odyssey across Germany, as he searches first for information, then for help, and finally for escape. Print run 60,000.

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Revelations : A Novel.

Revelations : A Novel.

Sharratt, Mary.
2021

Bishop's Lynn, England, 1413. At the age of forty, Margery Kempe has nearly died giving birth to her fourteenth child. Fearing that another pregnancy might kill her, she makes a vow of celibacy. Desperate for counsel, she visits the famous anchoress Dame Julian of Norwich. Julian offers a confession of her own: she has written a secret, radical book about her own visions, Revelations of Divine Love. Nearing the end of her life and fearing Church authorities, Julian entrusts her precious book to Margery, who sets off the adventure of a lifetime to secretly spread Julian's words. Author of "Ecstasy." Print run 30,000.

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The Second History : A Novel.

The Second History : A Novel.

Slayter, Rebecca Silver.
2021

Born in a barren, altered future world, Eban has lived in hiding all his life without ever understanding why. After his mother's death, he wants to stop the headstrong woman he loves from leaving the safety of the hills to travel to the cities. Eban convinces Judy instead to set out on a journey to the fabled colony of the original mountain settlers, where he promises her they'll find the answers she seeks. Along the way, the people they encounter and the secrets they uncover will threaten their lives and the ties between them. Author of "In the Land of Birdfishes." Residence: Cape Breton, N.S.

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The Venice Sketchbook : A Novel.

The Venice Sketchbook : A Novel.

Bowen, Rhys.
2021

Caroline Grant is struggling to accept the end of her marriage when her beloved great-aunt Lettie leaves her a sketchbook, three keys, and a request to scatter her ashes in the city she loved and to unlock the mysteries stored away for more than sixty years. It's 1938 when Lettie arrives in romantic Venice for a chance to reconnect with Leonardo Da Rossi, the man she loves and a secret that will bind them forever. Key by key, Lettie's life of impossible love, loss, and courage unfolds. It's one that Caroline can now make right again as her own journey of self-discovery begins.

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