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Elise Hooper's Debut Conjures the Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott's Youngest Sister

Louisa's portrayal of Amy March in LITTLE WOMEN compels May to embark on a quest to discover her true identity, as an artist and a woman.

Zadie Smith's Novel is an Exuberant Dance

Two brown girls dream of being dancers, but only one has talent. The other has ideas. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten.

In Jamie Ford's Latest Novel, a Boy's Life is Transformed at Seattle’s 1909 World’s Fair

LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES is a tale about innocence and devotion --- in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale.

Jesmyn Ward's Highly Anticipated New Novel is a Searing and Profound Southern Odyssey

SING, UNBURIED, SING grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family.

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THE OTHER ALCOTT by Elise Hooper

May Alcott grows up longing to experience the wide world beyond Concord, Massachusetts. While her sister Louisa crafts stories, May herself is a talented and dedicated artist, taking lessons in Boston, turning down a marriage proposal from a well-off suitor, and facing scorn for entering what is very much a man’s profession. Life for the Alcott family has never been easy, so when Louisa’s LITTLE WOMEN is published, its success eases the financial burdens they’d faced for so many years. Everyone agrees the novel is charming, but May is struck to the core by the portrayal of selfish, spoiled “Amy March.” Is this what her beloved sister really thinks of her? So May embarks on a quest to discover her own true identity, as an artist and a woman.

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SWING TIME by Zadie Smith

Two brown girls dream of being dancers, but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s. Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend travels the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live. But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.

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Beloved and bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with a powerful stand-alone novel about a woman forced to start her life anew, embarking on the most courageous journey of all --- to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.

From the bestselling author of HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle’s epic 1909 World’s Fair.

The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper - Historical Fiction

Elise Hooper’s debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott --- Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her own right.

Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, THE ODYSSEY and the Old Testament, Jesmyn Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi’s past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle.

This celebrated, unforgettable first novel, shortlisted for the prestigious Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and set in Nigeria, gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage --- and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.

Swing Time by Zadie Smith - Fiction

A New York Times bestseller, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, SWING TIME is an ambitious, exuberant novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of WHITE TEETH and ON BEAUTY.