Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science?
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
High adventure fraught with cliffhanger twists marks this runaway-slave narrative, which leaps, sails, and soars from Caribbean cane fields to the fringes of the frozen Arctic and across a whole ocean.
November Road by Lou Berney
A street lieutenant for a New Orleans mob boss flees when his knowledge about JFK's assassination makes him a target, a situation that is dangerously complicated by his relationship with housewife escaping a failed marriage.
Daughter of A Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird
The compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the first woman to ever serve in the US Army "Here's the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen and my Mama never let me forget it."
Circe by Madeline Miller
Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
A Day Like Any Other by Genie Henderson
The true story of an unpredicted hurricane that destroyed the east end of Long Island in 1938, told through the experiences of a fictional cast of locals.
Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
Drawn into and then banished from exclusive Winthrop Island when a complex relationship between her step-sister and a working-class college youth ends in violence, a Shakespearean actress returns after 20 years to pursue justice.
Dear Mrs. Bird by A J Pierce
An adventurous young woman takes a typist job to assist the war effort and lands in the employ of a renowned advice columnist before she begins secretly replying to heart-wrenching letters rejected as unsuitable.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
When her father impulsively moves the family to mid-1970s Alaska to live off the land, young Leni and her mother are forced to confront the dangers of their lack of preparedness in the wake of a dangerous winter season.
Varina by Charles Frazier
Forced by limited prospects to marry much-older widower Jefferson Davis, teenaged Varina Howell finds her expectations as the wife of a Mississippi landowner upended by his appointment as the leader of the Confederacy, a situation that renders her and her children fugitives in a divided and increasingly hostile nation.