Things in Jars, by Jess Kidd

Staff Pick
Things in Jars is a wonderfully weird mystery set in Victorian London. Our protagonaist is Bridie Devine, a street-wise detective with medical training and a fierce independent streak. She's recently picked up an unwelcome sidekick in Ruby Doyle, a charming boxer who just happens to be dead, and, perhaps even more disturbingly, who refuses to tell Bridie why he's haunting her. Together the two set off to track down the missing daughter of a baronet--a girl whose existence was kept secret for years. Kidd's London is gritty and magical, full of dark secrets, larger than life characters, and adventure aplenty. 
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ISBN: 9781982121297
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 29th, 2020

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

Staff Pick

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley is a live-wire of a novel. It sounds like a strange, potentially dry, premise -- Beowulf, but make it suburban, and yet Headley’s novel is an energizing, propulsive read. Willa Herot lives in a pristine neighborhood, where her reality has been carefully curated. Her home is the loveliest one on the block; she has a precious, well-behaved baby boy and an enviable marriage. It all hangs by a delicate thread. In a mountain cave overlooking the suburban haven lives Dana,  a veteran suffering from PTSD, and her son, Gren, who has never experienced life outside the safety of the cave. An innocent meeting between the two boys sets both worlds reeling. Headley’s take on the epic poem deals with topics like motherhood, womanhood, otherness, and modern-day monsters with searing intensity, her writing as beautiful as it is brutal.

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ISBN: 9781250214942
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Published: Picador - July 16th, 2019