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The lavender garden by Lucinda Riley. After she inherits her childhood home, a magnificent chateau in Le Cote d'Azur, France, Emilie de la Martinieres realizes that it may hold secrets to her family's enigmatic past during World War II.

The laughing monsters by Denis Johnson. A businessman, a skeptical soldier of fortune, and the soldier's girlfriend embark on a family visit to the Uganda-Congo borderland that is overshadowed by shifting loyalties and respective secrets.

The black snow by Paul Lynch. After a barn fire kills his livestock and his farmhand, Barnabas Kane struggles to save the family farm while his wife, Eskra, is unsure about their future and their son, Billy, harbors a terrible secret.

The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic: Stories by Christopher Merkner. Christopher Merkner is a Shirley Jackson for the contemporary Midwest, where the ties of family and community intersect darkly with suburban American life.

Panic in a suitcase by Yelena Akhtiorskaya. A dazzling debut novel about a Russian immigrant family living in Brooklyn and their struggle to learn the new rules of the American Dream.

Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova. A freshman at Princeton, Thea Slavin, away from her family and her Eastern European homeland for the first time, falls into a romantic entanglement with two brothers who draw her into a sensual mythic underworld as irresistible as it is dangerous where she uncovers a terrifying truth about her own family.

The lives of others by Neel Mukherjee. Chronicles the vicissitudes of the extended Ghosh family as internal rivalries accompany the implosion of the family business and external social unrest. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Kovak. A debut collection by a writer for the Emmy Award-winning series The Office includes the title story, in which a boy's lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family.

The black-eyed blonde by Benjamin Black. Hired by a beautiful woman to find her former lover, Philip Marlowe discovers that the man's disappearance is tied to a series of baffling events that pits Marlowe against one of Bay City's wealthiest families.