We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (Possible Spoilers)

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Hardcover, Hardcover, 400 pages

Published: March 25, 2003 by Counterpoint (1st published January 1, 2003)

Literary Awards:  Orange Prize for Fiction (2005)

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Eva was a successful businesswoman and author as well as the wife and mother of two children. Now she is estranged from her husband and daughter. Her son Kevin is incarcerated, in the wake of a school shooting, for a series of brutal murders. Eva’s world is cold and narrow. Her only real connection to anyone is through letters she writes to her husband, Franklin.

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Minding Ben by Victoria Brown

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Hardcover, 352 pages

Published: April 12, 2011 by Hachette Books (1st Published April 1, 2001)

Setting: New York City

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Sixteen-year-old Grace leaves her native village in Trinidad to fulfill her dream of starting a new life in New York City. With a mixture of sadness and euphoria, she boards a plane, leaving her devoted mother, who relies on prayers, scriptures, and — if all else fails — a slight sense of martyrdom, her sick, disabled father, and her younger sister Helen.

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Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman

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Hardcover, 187 pages

Published: 2015 by The Overlook Press

Setting: New York

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As a teen Susanna Seliger lost her beloved brother, a sensitive, rebellious graffiti artist deeply affected by the death of a young black man in police custody. Her wounds from the loss of her father, when she was a little girl, had never fully healed, and her brother’s death consumed her.

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Indie Spotlight: The Birth of Hope

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Kindle Edition, 218 pages

Published: October 21, 2016

Setting: Tennessee

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Sophie Merger is on the brink of an exciting new career. On the surface, her life has never been better. But she’s living in a tightening vise of emotional abuse. Her husband has threatened to kill her many times, and he’s capable of following through with it. As soon as freedom is within sight, Sophie’s marriage goes into a terrifying downward spiral.

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Indie Spotlight: Two Lovely Berries by A.M. Blair

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Ebook, 268 pages

Published: August 4, 2014

Setting: Pennsylvania & California

Recommended By: Monika at A Lovely Bookshelf

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Nora was convinced that she and her twin sister, Aubrey, were inseparable and always would be. After they graduated from Stanford together, Aubrey married her college sweetheart, George–a marriage strongly encouraged by their privileged and dysfunctional parents–and moved across the country, retreating from her sister’s life.

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The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks

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Kindle Edition, 257 pages

Published: September 1, 1991 by Harper Collins

Setting: Northern New York

Recommended By: Drew at A Fistful of Films

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On a frigid winter day, a school bus veers off the road, plows through a guardrail, and crashes through the ice into a water-filled sandpit. Fourteen children are killed. Before the impact of the tragedy settles on this small rural community, tort lawyers swoop in on parents of kids killed or injured in the accident. This has a toxic effect on the already fractured community. Mitchell Stephens is one of these attorneys.

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600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

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Paperback, 278 pages

Published: October 23, 2009 by Riverbend Publishing (1st Published February 10, 2009)

Literary Awards:  Montana Honor Book (2009), High Plains Book Awards (2010)

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Thirty-nine-year old Edward Stanton has obsessive compulsive disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. His OCD is treated with medication and therapy, and the Asperger’s is just part of who he is: a bright, funny, methodical man who likes concrete facts and predictable routines. Edward has many abilities, but his rigidity and difficulty communicating with others have kept him from holding down a job. He is supported by his father, a wealthy developer and county commissioner.

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