Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen (Scribner, £8.99)
In 1960s Pennsylvania, Mimi Miller lives in the valley that bears her family’s name. Though a smart girl, she struggles to imagine a world outside this farming-based community, and her brother, who came back from Vietnam a wreck, is a cautionary example of the dangers that lurk outside. But she may have no choice. A longthreatened dam construction looks certain to submerge their town forever. Quindlen spins a tale that’s resonant and moving, following Mimi’s journey to adulthood as she works hard, cares for her family and stores up memories for a time when the town that was her life will no longer exist.