Explore the Depths of Emotion

Follow the lives of people on the edge as you explore their desires and struggles in March new releases. These adventures and misadventures will keep you guessing.

1. Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt

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Dive into this gripping and riveting tale of an exotic vacation gone very wrong.

Jenna’s family and close friends set off to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for the vacation of their dreams. After months of planning the perfect getaway to celebrate her husband’s 50th birthday, they finally arrive in paradise.Jenna is sure they will have the time of their lives being waited on and showered with endless margaritas.

Before long, the two families start to become a nuisance to one another. Jenna starts to question everyone around her, even her husband Peter, after discovering his secret phone conversations. Her teenage daughter Clem starts to disappear with a rebel boy who’s been expelled from school. The exotic wonderland starts to unravel quickly. As secrets unfold, Jenna realizes her advantaged life could be altered forever.

“The fierce and anxious heroine of this novel is accused of ‘not knowing anything about anything,’ but Dana Reinhardt knows everything about everything: the emotional zig-zags of travel, the complicated loyalties of longtime friends, the secrets and tensions between teenagers and their parents, and the way that a perfect vacation can turn into something far different, under the flushed and furious sun. A sunny, sharp and whip-smart book.”—Daniel Handler, New York Times bestselling author of All the Dirty Parts

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2. The Altruists by Andrew Ridker

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The Alturists was named a Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by The Millions and PureWow.
This novel is a vivacious whirlwind of adventure as it webs out the complexities of a father’s relationship with his family, in a scheme to get back his children’s inheritance.

Arthur Alter is a troubled, somewhat desperate father and professor. He can’t pay his mortgage and he’s exhausted his last resource – his much younger girlfriend. Arthur realizes he must take action to mend his family relationships before it’s too late. His children won’t speak to him. They’re living off the small fortune his late wife Francine kept secret and bestowed entirely upon the children.

His son Ethan is a restless loner who lives on a private plot of Brooklyn real estate. His daughter Maggie is a try hard poser, living a life of glamorized poverty. In a last-ditch effort to save the family home, Arthur tries to coax his children back to St. Louis. What follows is a chaotic unfolding of nostalgia, repressed feelings and memories of Francine. Francine’s dominant presence in their lives could prevent the family from splitting up forever.

“With humor and warmth, Ridker explores the meaning of family and its inevitable baggage. The Altruists may not paint the prettiest picture, but it’s a relatable, unforgettable view of regular people making mistakes and somehow finding their way back to each other.” –People magazine’s “Book of the Week”

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3. Call Me Evie by J. P. Pomare

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In this invigorating suspenseful debut, a series of unexpected events all revolve around one night that 17-year-old Kate Bennet can’t remember but will never forget.

For two weeks, Kate Bennet has been held hostage by a man named Bill in a cabin in a secluded beach town. Bill calls her Evie and claims he is hiding her for her own protection. According to Bill, she did something awful and wicked back in her hometown of Melbourne. As Kate struggles to remember the night of this supposed occurrence, she doesn’t know what to believe and can’t even trust herself.

What Kate can remember is bits and pieces of a happy life. A nice house in the suburbs, her loving boyfriend and other close friends. As Bill continues to tell Kate of her atrocities, her identity becomes a blur. Kate starts to unravel clues and secrets that may change her view of herself and the people close to her.

“I felt pure dread reading this book. Enjoyable, exquisite dread. A great read. There are so many layers and twists to this story and they are revealed in the most masterful way.”—Sarah Bailey, author of The Dark Lake

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4. The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona

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“Scibona’s spirited second novel (after 2008 National Book Award Finalist The End) begins in 2010 as a man abandons a child at the Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel airport. The story then flashes back to the late 1960s as underage Iowan Vollie Frade volunteers for the Marines. While serving in Vietnam, he meets mystery man Percy Lorch, who recruits him for an unnamed government spook operation. Vollie’s assignment is to move to Queens to verify whether a man named Egon Hausmann is dead. But after six months, fed up with his covert masters’ veil of secrecy, Vollie escapes from Queens and heads for New Mexico, where he disappears into a free love commune. There he finds a wife, the free-spirited Louisa, and young son, Elroy Heflin, a child of the commune. But Vollie ends up abandoning his makeshift family after a stint as a barbed wire inspector.

“Elroy goes on to see action during several tours of duty in Afghanistan while fathering and abandoning a child of his own. The story ultimately comes back to Vollie, who finds that he can’t escape the bad decisions of his past. Like the late Robert Stone, Scibona exhibits a command of language and demonstrates a knack for dramatizing the tidal pull of history on individual destiny. The novel accrues real power as its vividly imagined characters try to make sense of an often senseless world. This is a bold, rewarding novel.” –Publishers Weekly

“His sentences are perfect but not merely; a surplus of dark and tender wisdom, who knows its source, makes his language–and the world–glow with meaning.” –Rachel Kushner, author of The Mars Room

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 5. The Chaos Function by Jack Skillingstead

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Technology brings decisions we never thought we’d have to make. With the power to save the life of a loved one, would you save them without thinking about the consequences, even if it could doom millions of others?

Olivia Nikitas, a headstrong journalist, has been reporting on the front lines of the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. She stubbornly falls head over heels for an aid worker Brian. Tragically Brian dies while attempting to help her. Olivia longs to bring him back.

She discovers a technology with the power to change the past. Does she succumb to her emotions and bring Brian back and face the aftermath of her decision, which could result in nuclear chaos? She is forced to deal with the guardians of this new technology as she races to save not only her own world, but all of humanity.

“Relentless, terrifying, and affecting, this book left me feeling like I’d been strapped to the front of the car like Mad Max in Fury Road—not realizing that it was taking me to an emotional ending that would leave me gutted. I’ve been a huge fan of Skillingstead’s work for years, but in The Chaos Function he’s outdone himself!” —Daryl Gregory, award-winning author of Spoonbenders

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Jennifer Jones

I’m the library’s fiction selector and I’ve been suggesting new books to library and bookmobile customers for over 17 years. I keep up on all the new book reviews, and my favorite question is “What are you reading?” I love to talk about books and to read books. I like to tell library customers, “Try something new. If you don’t like it, at least the price is right!”