Tina’s Favorite J. Courtney Sullivan Read-a-likes

Have you read all of J. Courtney Sullivan's books (Commencement, Maine, The Engagements and Saints For All Occasions) in preparation for her visit on September 11, and need a new read? If you love character-driven novels that focus on relationships women and within families with a feminist twist, take a look at Tina's list of read-a-likes! Click the cover to put your copy on hold today. 

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PrePub Pick: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. On Sale Date: January 9, 2018

The Immortalists opens with four siblings- Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya- living in New York City in 1969. Acting on local gossip, the children go to the apartment of a traveling psychic who tells each child the date of their death. What follows is an electric story of love, magic and obsession and violence.

Each child responds differently to their death date- Simon decides to live life to the fullest as a dancer in San Francisco while Klara seeks refuge in magic. Daniel tries to change his fate and Varya, a scientist, searches for immortality. Each sibling has a rich internal monologue that showcases the changes each character undergoes as they get closer to their death date.

The Immortalists implores the reader to ask him or herself uncomfortable questions, “If you could know when you will die, would you?”, “If you knew, what would you change about your life, today?” and “Can you change your destiny?” This story is uniquely American in its settings, as we travel from New York City, to San Francisco, to Las Vegas and across rural and suburban America.

This is story that moves quickly and totally engulfs you, and you will be hard pressed to set in down. The Immortalists is a perfect pick for a book club, and will be a popular title in 2018.

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PrePub Pick:  The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

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The End We Start From by Megan Hunter. On Sale Date: November 7, 2017

Sparse and poetic, The End We Start From tells the story of a natural disaster in England from the perspective of an unnamed new mum. Separated early on from her husband, R., Mum and son, Z., navigate their new lives as refugees.

Z's developmental milestones chronicle Mums journey. Hunter is a wordsmith- she perfectly describes the anxieties of new motherhood and the tenacity needed by survivors.

The lyrical format may be a turnoff to some readers, but one could argue that the sparse sentences and frequent use of the space bar help the reader digest the heaviness of the subject. This title is highly recommended for disaster junkies and mothers looking for a tear-jerker.

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