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Severance: A Novel By Ling Ma Cover Image
By Ling Ma
ISBN: 9781250214997
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

I loved the emptiness of this book. An aloneness with a touch of loneliness. A slow crawl, a quiet horror that is never fully unleashed. The look at pandemic life before living through an actual pandemic. The 'zombies' that are much creepier than the brain-eating variety. I felt for Candace like I feel for my favorite anti-heroines. Ling Ma handled her characters and this concept very well, as if she were holding broken glass in broken hands. 


Review by Emily

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The School for Good Mothers: A Novel By Jessamine Chan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982156121
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 4th, 2022

Holy cow, this book is fantastic! It's beautiful and terrifying and brilliant. When Frida has one very bad day, she is in danger of losing her baby daughter. To regain her parental rights, Frida is enrolled in "The School for Good Mothers".

This is absolutely my favorite book of 2022.

I am in awe of the story Chan spins as it provides a profound insight into just how far we'll go for our children. The book is astonishing, fast-paced, and deeply moving.


Review by Haley

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Sanctuary By Paola Mendoza, Abby Sher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984815712
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

A dystopian YA novel that tackles immigration and what it means to seek refuge in a country that does not want you. Very original storytelling that left my heart racing till the very end. 

Review by Rosa