A list of this year's titles for East Branch Book Club!
East Branch Book Club 2021
|Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
A mistaken conversation leads Finlay Donovan, struggling suspense author, into an offer for a contracted killing - except she's no assassin. This fast-paced novel is hilarious and smart, following Finlay's mix-up between fictional and real worlds of crime.
|Zorrie by Laird Hunt
Following the story of Zorrie, an Indianan girl during the height of the depression, as she takes on a role as a factory girl at a radium processing plant.
|The Children's Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin
In 1888, a freak blizzard struck the Dakotas and changed the lives of the thousands of Americans living in the area. The Children's Blizzard is based on true oral histories from the time, and imagines this time from the point of view of two schoolteachers hoping to keep their students safe.
|The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
The Mountains Sing is a multigenerational story covering a family's experience with the rise of the Communist government in 1920's Vietnam to the Ho Chí Minh Trail. This novel is vivid and beautiful.
|Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Ellis and Michael almost had a beautiful love story, meeting at twelve years old and growing their friendship into something more intimate. Ten years later, that connection has been lost. Tin Man reveals the years between with powerful storytelling.
|Writers & Lovers by Lily King
Casey Peabody is an artist in Massachusetts struggling to keep creativity and art in her life at 31. Falling in love with two different men is only going to make her life more difficult.
|Memento Park by Mark Sarvas
Memento Park follows the life of Matt Santos as he tries to reconnect with his estranged father and their family history, for the sake of recovering a painting that was taken from his family during World War II.
|American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
FBI intelligence officer Marie Mitchell is offered a job as a spy with the task of bringing down President Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso and his Communist agenda.
|Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope's friendship and love date back to the connections their parents formed decades before - but their family secrets lead them to a sudden divide that Kate and Peter will have to figure out how to heal.
|Caucasia by Danzy Senna
Senna's debut novel Caucasia is about the lives of two sisters; daughters of a black father and white mother, but one is able to pass as white and the other is not. Their paths in different racial identities split them apart for a long time, until one of them, Birdie, decides she must find her sister.
|Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
Doro, a vampire-like creature who steals the bodies of his victims, and Anyanwu, a woman who can shapeshift into other people and animals, move together from West Africa to America in the hopes of seeding a super race of creatures like them.