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Fiction Girl, Balancing & Other Stories Helen Dunmore Days of Awe A. M. Homes You Think It, I’ll Say It Curtis Sittenfeld PB $32.99 In this innovative and moving final collection of stories, Helen Dunmore explores the fragile ties between familial love, motherhood, friendship and grief. Capturing the passion, joy, loss, longing and loneliness we encounter as we navigate our way through life, each story sets out on a journey, of adventure, new beginnings, reflection and contemplation. Girl, Balancing & Other Stories offers us a deep insight into the human condition and our place in history. PB $27.99 A. M. Homes returns with signature humour and psychological accuracy, to tell 13 stories exposing the heart of an uneasy 21st-century America. In tales of a family obsessed with the surfaces of their lives, or the story of a shopper who suddenly finds himself nominated to run for President, she explores our attachments to each other through characters who aren’t quite who they hoped to become, though there is no one else they can be. PB $29.99 Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Eligible, American Wife and Prep, returns with this glorious collection of short stories. The theme that unites these stories is how even the cleverest people tend to misread others, and how much we all deceive ourselves. Sharp and tender, funny and wise, they show Sittenfeld’s knack for creating real, believable characters that spring off the page, while also skewering contemporary mores with brilliant dry wit. There There Tommy Orange The Prague Sonata Bradford Morrow So Much Life Left Over Louis de Bernières PB $32.99 Told from multiple perspectives, There There takes us into the urban Native American community in Oakland, California as its characters prepare for a powwow in the city stadium in the face of poverty, violence, addiction and lack of representation. Early in the book we intuit that something terrible will happen there. Much of the novel’s emotional power comes from reading against this intuition, and connecting with the unique voices as the clock ticks down. PB $29.99 Pages of a weathered original sonata manuscript – the gift of a Czech immigrant living in Queens – come into the hands of Meta, a musicologist whose concert piano career was cut short by an injury. The gift comes with a request: Meta is to find its true owner, not seen since the Second World War, and make the sonata whole again. But as Meta sets out to locate the rest of the sonata, it becomes clear that she isn’t the only one seeking the music’s secrets. PB $32.99 Rosie and Daniel have moved to Ceylon with their daughter to start a new life, attempting to rekindle their marriage and put the trauma of the First World War behind them. Back in England , Rosie’s sisters find themselves using unconventional means to achieve their desires. When Daniel visits Germany, he witnesses events taking a dark turn. So Much Life Left Over follows a cast of unique characters as they navigate the interwar years.