A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he
dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He
has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call
him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one
November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters
move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the
lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected
friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which
will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to
their very foundations.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill
himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can
escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the
bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up
on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both
Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet
that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not
such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget
to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world
grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
As Old As Time by Liz Braswell
Belle is a lot of
things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor
provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her
father's reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle's mother
returns—a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the
captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.
Belle touches the Beast's enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her
mind—images of the mother she believed she would never see again.
Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the
beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its
inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work
together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is
twenty-one years in the making.
| The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein
The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be
delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating
story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a
91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the
teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to
questions no one has ever thought to ask.
Nearly eighteen, Molly
Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the
child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home,
a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her
home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.
Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic,
hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian
sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and
Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant
orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with
hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck
The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she
discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an
outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered
questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble,
Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to
mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life - answers that will
ultimately free them both.