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David James Duncan - must read

The Burgess Boys - A painful childhood trauma haunts the three Burgess siblings until it rocks their equilibrium and capsizes their middle-age selves. Elizabeth Strout sure knows how to capture the interior life of ordinary folks buffeted by the forces of change, but she just doesn’t serve up enough of Olive Kitteridge’s delicious irony in this recent novel - Amy Henry, aka Amy Cabernet Quilts.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri - A delicate, poignant, and insightful novel about loss and love. After his brother is killed in political violence in 1960s India, a man finds success in a new life in America but not the intimacy that has been taken from him. Written in lovely prose and told primarily from the viewpoint of the man, the voices of his wife, daughter and brother echo the challenge of finding closeness - Amy Henry, aka Amy Cabernet Quilts.

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, Andrew Sean Greer.

A killer tornado sweeps through a Midwestern town leaving one family unscathed but shunned by the devastated neighbors around them. Vivid, wrenching, artfully crafted: Falling to Earth by Kate Southwood.

From pre-WWII Romania to postwar Paris to Williamsburg today, conformity and rigid belief trump love for four generations of ultra-orthodox Satmar Hasidim. A very sad novel: I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits.