Families, Friends, Fractured Relationships–Our October Picks

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| By Gale Staff |

Dive into any relationship and you’re eventually going to discover secrets; some may be of little consequence while others can only be described as, “it’s complicated.” Two of our October titles explore family dynamics while the third explores a workplace environment that resonates with the #MeToo Movement.

The Fountains of Silence, by Ruta Sepetys
ISBN: 9781432870331

New York Times bestselling author Ruta Sepetys delivers a heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, and repercussions of war. In 1957 Daniel Matheson arrives in Madrid, eager to photograph the city of his mother’s birth. Photography – and fate – introduce him to Ana, whose family is navigating obstacles from the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

“Captivating, deft, and illuminating historical fiction.”
– Booklist, (starred review)

“A stunning novel that exposes modern fascism and elevates human resilience.”
– Kirkus, (starred review)

A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Family, by David Maraniss
ISBN: 9781432870676

“The central question of the book is, what does it mean to be an American, and who decides?” The author posed that question during a June interview with NPR about the origins of his book. It tells his father’s story – a WWII veteran who was spied on by the FBI, labeled a communist, called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and blacklisted for five years. Yet, he maintained his deep faith in America and emerged with his family and optimism intact.

“[A] beautifully realized account of an ordinary family in extraordinary circumstances and of how easily ‘normal’ life can be disrupted by a powerful megalomaniac with a dangerous political agenda.”
– Booklist

“[An] absorbing account of Elliot’s life and the lives of his family. Readers will be fascinated by their successes, failures, and tragedies.”
– Library Journal (starred review)

Whisper Network, by Chandler Blake
ISBN: 9781432870263

The New York Times said, “Think Big Little Lies meets the famous 2017 list of men in the media industry accused of sexual harassment.” That alone should pique readers’ interest. Ames has always been surrounded by whispers about how he treats women in the workplace. When he’s positioned to become CEO, four of them decide enough is enough and their lives are forever changed as secrets and lies surface.

“Honest, timely, and completely thrilling.”
– Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)

“A compulsively readable mystery with a strong message. Don’t miss it.”
– Booklist (starred review)

Large print titles are available to purchase through Thorndike Press and through all major wholesalers.


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