Shelf Living 2

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Take a journey to Consilience, a social experiment offering homes and jobs after a financial catastrophe causes an economic meltdown. Participants alternate months in their suburban utopias with months spent in prison. Atwood’s first stand-alone novel in 10 years doesn’t shy away from morality, ethics and desire.

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vay Watkins

Californians once migrating for gold, fame, or citrus, but now most “Mojavs” live in encampments in the east; except lovers Luz, a former poster child for the country’s failed conservation movement, and army deserter Ray. When they are joined by a child on their journey, their emotions begin to extend beyond personal survival.

Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson

Filled with a massive amount of maps, notes, illustrations and documents, the interactive dual journey of Zadock Thomas in 1843 Chicago and Zadock’s grandson Zeke 300 years later in the city-state of the Texas Republic will draw readers into a conspiracy likely to destroy the Thomas family legacy and the republic itself.

The Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison

This suspense thriller transports readers to a ship’s hijacking on the lawless coasts of Somalia. A Washington D.C. power couple and their son, a hijacker trying to rescue his sister, and an FBI hostage negotiator and his sister test the bonds of love and loyalty.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

This multi-layered novel spanning 24 years in the marriage of Lotto and Mathilde uncovers unspoken truths with riveting poignancy and exquisite prose. Presented with two different points of view, readers see firsthand that every marriage is not quite what it seems, even to the married couple themselves.