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Sneed, Madeline Kay.
Emilia "Emmy" Quinn is West Texas through and through. She also knows she's a lesbian, and in her Southern Baptist evangelical community, that's going to be an issue, both for Emmy and her amicably separated parents. Steve Quinn has just been offered his dream job as head coach of the struggling 'Stangs - only if he doesn't have any skeletons in his closet. Steve is still wrestling with Emmy's coming out: he knows he didn't handle it well, but he just can't reconcile it with his faith and head coach is everything he's ever wanted. How can God ask him to choose between his dreams and his own daughter? Print run 50,000.
After an amazingly unpleasant intervention, our twenty-two-year-old narrator checks into a women's rehab facility. When she is discharged after thirty punishing days, returned to Toronto's streets without resources, a job or an apartment, and tasked with staying clean despite a seemingly bottomless urge to give up, the book asks: what next? What happens in the aftermath of your lowest low? What does rebuilding a life really look like? Alone, and at war with an intrusive inner creature, at last she begins the process of making a home for herself in the world. Hometown: Winnipeg, MB.
Yasmin Ghorami is twenty-six, in training to be a doctor, and engaged to the charismatic, upper-class Joe Sangster. The gulf between families is vast. So, too, is the gulf in sexual experience between Yasmin and Joe. A gloriously acute observer of class, sexual mores, and the mysteries of the human heart, Monica Ali has written a captivating social comedy and a profoundly moving, revelatory story of two cultures, two families, and two people trying to understand one another. Author of "Untold Story." Print run 125,000.
The night fourteen-year-old Chanie Nyrider ran away from her abusive parents, she was saved by an older woman who eventually offered Chanie a new life working as a prostitute. With nowhere to turn, Chanie was drawn into Edmonton's dark underbelly, where she survived until arrested four years later. As she begins to make strides in the program for troubled youth and friends who share similar circumstance, her home life deteriorates. Residence: Edmonton, AB.
The Guerreros have lived in Nothar Park, a predominantly Dominican part of New York City, for twenty years. When demolition begins on a neighbouring tenement, Eusebia takes matters into her own hands by devising an increasingly dangerous series of schemes to stop construction of the luxury condos. Meanwhile Eusebia's daughter, Luz, a rising associate at a top Manhattan law firm, becomes distracted by a sweltering romance with the handsome white developer of the company her mother so vehemently opposes. As mother and daughter collide, ramped up tensions race towards a near fatal climax.
Set in contemporary suburban Japan, Sora Itoda is a sixteen-year-old aspiring painter. He wants to live honestly as a young gay man, but that is still not acceptable in Japanese society. Sora's world changes forever when he meets Mr. Amamiya, a middle-aged gentleman who is the owner and proprietor of a local coffee shop and is completely, unapologetically out as a gay man. A mentorship and platonic friendship ensues as Sora comes out to him and Mr. Amamiya counsels Sora about how to deal with who he is. But when a figure from his past suddenly appears, the situation becomes a vivid example of just how complicated life can be.
Lama, Tsering Yangzom.
In the wake of China's 1959 invasion of Tibet, Lhamo and her sister, Tenkyi, arrive at a refugee camp on the border of Nepal where hope arrives in the form of an ancient statue - Nameless Saint, a relic long rumoured to vanish and reappear in times of need. Decades later, the sisters are separated, and Tenkyi is living with Lhamo's daughter, Dolma, in Toronto. When Dolma comes across a Nameless Saint in a collector's vault, she must decide what she is willing to do for her community, even if it means risking her dreams. Residence: Vancouver, B.C. Print run 25,000.