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Jojo Moyes

The Girl You Left Be­hind

So­phie takes care of the home front while her hus­band Edouard goes to war. When Paris falls to the Ger­mans in World War l, So­phie works at her ho­tel to serve the Ger­man. One day, a new Kom­man­dant sees a por­trait of So­phie painted by Edouard and an ob­ses­sion be­gins that leads to So­phie mak­ing a hor­ri­ble de­ci­sion. A cen­tury later, the por­trait hangs in the home of Liv Hal­ston who sud­denly dis­cov­ers the paint­ing’s true worth. Its trou­bled his­tory is re­vealed and Liv’s world is turned up­side down.

The Va­ca­tion­ers: A Novel

Emma Straub

The Posts take a trip to Mal­lorca with their ex­tended fam­ily and friends to cel­e­brate Franny and Jim’s 35th wed­ding an­niver­sary, and their daugh­ter Sylvia’s grad­u­a­tion from high school. The Balearic is­land of­fers es­cape from the ten­sions of city life Man­hat­tan but the va­ca­tion takes a turn when things don’t go ac­cord­ing to plan. Old hu­mil­i­a­tions are brought up and an­cient wounds are picked open. This isn’t the fam­ily va­ca­tion they wanted but it’s def­i­nitely one they’re go­ing to have.

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