Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker: Imagines the coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth’s rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter: Follows a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet, which draws him into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters.
Canada by Richard Ford: After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger who, unbeknownst to Dell, is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell’s quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan.
Gold by Chris Cleave: Cyclists Zoe and Kate are friends and athletic rivals for Olympic gold, while Kate and her husband Jack, also a world-class cyclist, must contend with the recurrence of their young daughter’s leukemia.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.
Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick: In a small Virginia town, Charlie Beale meets Sylvan Glass, the bride of the town’s richest man, and Sam Haislett, the son of owner of the butcher shop where Charlie gets a job, and soon the interaction between Charlie, Sylvan, and Sam alters the town forever.
The Innocents by Francesca Segal: As he prepares for his wedding to Rachel Gilbert, the girl he has been with for twelve years, Adam Newman begins to question everything when Rachel’s fiercely independent and beautiful young cousin moves home from New York.
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes: When her handsome new neighbor encourages her to confront her fears, Catherine Bailey, the victim of a violent attack at the hands of a man whose good looks hid a violent nature, finally believes in the possibility a normal life until one phone call changes everything.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: A retelling of the legend of Achilles follows Patroclus and Achilles, the golden son of King Peleus, as they lay siege to Troy after Helen of Sparta is kidnapped–a cause that tests their friendship and forces them to make the ultimate sacrifice.