Book titles and dates for 2017
March 8 The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
A young couple on the brink of marriage—the charming Veblen and her fiancé Paul, a brilliant neurologist—find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way they weather everything from each other’s dysfunctional families to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress to an intimate tête-à-tête with a very charismatic squirrel. A dazzlingly original novel that’s as big-hearted as it is laugh-out-loud funny, The Portable Veblen is an exuberant, one-of-a-kind story about love and family, war and nature, new money and old which gives us an unforgettable look at the way we live now.
April 12 The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives in a world that will not be kind.
May 10 Shelter by Jung Yun
Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he and his wife, Gillian, have lived beyond their means. Now their debts and bad decisions are catching up with them and Kyung is anxious for his family’s future. A few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighborhood surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. Yet when an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes and he’s compelled to take them in. Shelter leads us through dark and violent territory, where, unexpectedly, the Chos discover hope.
June 14 Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
This captivating debut novel follows -- over the course of four seasons -- a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog. It is springtime, and two outcasts -- a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life -- find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small seaside town suddenly takes note of them and falsely perceives menace where there is only mishap. As a result, the unlikely duo must take to the road. This is one of those rare stories that utterly and completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see; it transforms us not only in our understanding of the world, but also of ourselves.