Variety is the Spice of Life

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| By Gale Staff |

Large print readers are just like any other – they want it all. We consistently deliver shelf-ready selections to surpass their expectations with crowd-pleasing reads. This month we’re featuring two debut novels – one featuring an ensemble cast of characters; the other about a late-blooming loner coming alive. Our third title is one of 2019’s buzziest books sure to generate a backlog of “holds.”

The Dearly Beloved, by Cara Wall
ISBN: 9781432871253

More than 10 years in the making, Wall’s debut novel uses a unique perspective to explore the dissecting lives of two couples, Charles and Lily and James and Nan, through four decades. They meet in 1963 when the men are hired to co-minister a congregation in Greenwich Village. Individually and collectively their personal histories, personalities, and life choices invite readers to consider the way we find meaning in our lives.

“A moving portrait of love and friendship set against a backdrop of social change.”
The New York Times

“Wall gives us the gift of bearing intimate witness as human beings grapple with their faith, fall in love, build a family. She realizes the power of the novel in its simplest, richest form.”
– Entertainment Weekly

The Helpline, by Katherine Collette
ISBN: 9781432871505

Germaine Johnson is clearly not someone you’d call a “people person.” An eccentric loner, she’s content with her life – a steady flow of Sudoku puzzles and a mundane job, which is suddenly yanked away. She lands a new one, answering calls on the Senior Citizens Helpline which she finds predictable and safe. That is until she uncharacteristically starts forging friendships with the senior “troublemakers” who are embroiled in a community controversy.

“The character of Germaine, endearing but far from cutesy, is the great triumph of this accomplished debut.”
– The Sydney Morning Herald

“A fun read, full of unique characters.”
– Associated Press

Three Women, by Lisa Taddeo
ISBN: 978143287122

Generating more than 40 stellar reviews, this riveting true story about the sex lives of three American women has been heralded as a breakthrough work, called “the deepest nonfiction portrait of desire ever written.” Journalist Lisa Taddeo spent years talking with Lina, a homemaker and mother; Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student; and, Sloane, a successful restaurant owner to craft this #1 New York Times bestseller, a groundbreaking, intimate exploration and one of the most anticipated books of the year.

 “A riveting page-turner that explores desire, heartbreak, and infatuation in all its messy, complicated nuance.” 
– The Washington Post

“Captivating, discomfiting, voyeuristic … You’ll want to pass your copy on to a friend as soon as you’ve read it; it’s a book that begs discussion.” 
– Vanity Fair

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

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