The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne Adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple who remind him that he is not a real member of their family, Cyril embarks on a journey to find himself and where he came from, discovering his identity, a home, a country, and much more throughout a long lifetime.
My Real Children by JoWalton Remembering two different pasts that reflect contrasting historical events and relationships with different people, an elderly Patricia Cowan wonders about her identity while gazing at a moon that might house benign or malicious technologies.
This Is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel A family reshapes their ideas about family, love, and loyalty when youngest son Claude reveals increasingly determined preferences for girls’ clothing and accessories and refuses to stay silent.
When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri Twenty-eight-year-old New York lawyer Katie Daniels finds her life upended when she is dumped by her fiancé, but a new friendship with Cassidy Price, a self-assured and sexually promiscuous woman, changes everything Katie thought she knew about sex and love.
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai A novel set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris follows the director of a Chicago art gallery and a woman looking for her estranged daughter in Paris who both struggle to come to terms with the ways AIDS has affected their lives.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt Her world upended by the death of a beloved artist uncle who was the only person who understood her, fourteen-year-old June is mailed a teapot by her uncle’s grieving friend, with whom June forges a poignant relationship.
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu A married man and woman in India who hide their gay orientations from their conservative families find their arrangement compromised when one of them returns home to care for a family member, only to reconnect with a beloved ex whose marriage to a heterosexual stranger has been arranged.
Boy Erased by Gerrard Conley A poignant account by a survivor of a church-supported sexual orientation conversion therapy facility that claimed to “cure” homosexuality describes its intense Bible study program and the daily threats of his abandonment by family, friends and God, an experienced that transformed the author’s relationships and self-understandings.
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith Trapped in a boring, dead-end day job in a department store, stage designer Therese Belivet finds her life forever changed when she encounters–and falls in love with–Carol Aird, an alluring suburban housewife in the midst of a divorce.
The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka Hired by the sister of a man on death row who swears he is innocent of the murders of his missing girlfriend and her parents, private investigator Roxane Weary links sightings of the missing girl to one of her late father’s cold cases.
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters Forced to take in lodgers in economically challenged 1922 South London, widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter find their lives profoundly and disturbingly changed by the arrival of a modern young couple
Fun Home by Allison Bechdel A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father–a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.
-posted by Donna, Readers” Services