"City of Women" by David Gillham (Penguin, $25.99) It is 1943 — the height of the Second World War—and Berlin has essentially become a city of women. Sigrid Schroder tries to maintain the life of a model German soldier’s wife while secretly dreaming of her former lover, a Jew now lost in the chaos of war. When a high-ranking SS officer moves down the hall from Sigrid, her life becomes embroiled in a world she knew nothing about, where she is forced to choose between right and wrong. In this page-turning novel, David Gillham explores what happens to ordinary people thrust into extraordinary times.
"The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce (Random House, $25) Harold Fry, recently retired, lives in a quaint English village with his irritable wife, Maureen, when he receives a letter from a woman he hasn’t heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and heads out to post it, but in a charming turn of events, he starts walking and doesn’t stop, convinced that Queenie will live not die if he keeps walking. A novel of unsentimental charm and humor that introduces Rachel Joyce as a profound new storyteller.
1. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James
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2. "Radiating Like a Stone" edited by Myrne Roe
3. "Rules of Civility" by Amor Towles
4. "The Chaperone" by Laura Moriarty
5. "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson
6. "Destiny of the Republic" by Candice Millard
7. "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness
8. "The Absolutist" by John Boyne
9. "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce
10. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn
Source: Watermark Books & Cafe