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#1 THE INSTITUTE

Stephen King

Children with special talents are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods.

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#2 THEN SHE WAS GONE

Lisa Jewell

Ten years after her daughter disappears, a woman tries to get her life in order but remains haunted by unanswered questions.

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#3 CILKA'S JOURNEY

Heather Morris

A 16-year-old, who sleeps with a concentration camp commandant in order to survive, is sentenced to a Siberian prison camp where she cares for the ill.

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#4 LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE

Celeste Ng

An artist with a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

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#5 HOMEGOING

Yaa Gyasi

This Ghanaian-American writer’s first novel traces the lives in West Africa and America of seven generations of the descendants of two half sisters.

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#6 I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS

Iain Reid

Jake drives his girlfriend who is on the verge of dangerous personal decisions through a snowstorm to the family farm.

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#7 WHAT HAPPENS IN PARADISE

Elin Hilderbrand

In the sequel to "Winter in Paradise," Irene Steele visits the island of St. John to get to the bottom of the mysterious life and death of her husband.

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#8 THIS TENDER LAND

William Kent Krueger

Four orphans escape a Minnesota school and encounter a cross-section of different people struggling during the Great Depression.

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#9 THE MIDWIFE MURDERS

James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

A single mom teams up with an N.Y.P.D. detective to solve a case involving misdeeds at a university hospital.

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#10 THE TESTAMENTS

Margaret Atwood

In a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” old secrets bring three women together as the Republic of Gilead’s theocratic regime shows signs of decay.

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#11 THE NIGHTINGALE

Kristin Hannah

Two sisters in World War II France: one struggling to survive in the countryside, the other joining the Resistance.

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#12 THE HANDMAID'S TALE

Margaret Atwood

In the Republic of Gilead's dystopian future, men and women perform the services assigned to them.

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#13 LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

Matt Ruff

During the time of Jim Crow America, Atticus Turner’s father is held captive by the Order of the Ancient Dawn. The basis of the HBO series.

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#14 THE NICKEL BOYS

Colson Whitehead

Two boys respond to horrors at a Jim Crow-era reform school in ways that impact them decades later.

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#15 THE OVERSTORY

Richard Powers

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Nine people drawn to trees for different reasons fight for the last of the remaining acres of virgin forest.

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