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Revie: Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li Blurb from Goodreads : Ocean’s Eleven meets The Farewell in Portrait of a Thief, a lush, lyrical heist novel inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums; about diaspora, the colonization of art, and the complexity of the Chinese American identity. History is told by the conquerors. Across the Western world, museums display the spoils of war, of conquest, of colonialism: priceless pieces of art looted from other countries, kept even now. Will Chen plans to steal them back. A senior at Harvard, Will fits comfortably in his carefully curated roles: a perfect student, an art history major and sometimes artist, the eldest son who has always been his parents’ American Dream. But when a mysterious Chinese benefactor reaches out with an impossible—and illegal—job offer, Will finds himself somet

Review: Reputation by Lex Croucher

Reputation by Lex Croucher Blurb from Goodreads : The hilarious debut novel from Lex Croucher. A classic romcom with a Regency-era twist, for fans of Mean Girls and/or Jane Austen. Abandoned by her parents, middle-class Georgiana Ellers has moved to a new town to live with her dreary aunt and uncle. At a particularly dull party, she meets the enigmatic Frances Campbell, a wealthy member of the in-crowd who lives a life Georgiana couldn't have imagined in her wildest dreams. Lonely and vulnerable, Georgiana falls in with Frances and her unfathomably rich, deeply improper friends. Georgiana is introduced to a new world: drunken debauchery, mysterious young men with strangely arresting hands, and the upper echelons of Regency society. But the price of entry to high society might just be higher than Georgiana is willing to pay ...   I hesitate to

Review: Heartbroke by Chelsea Bieker

Heartbroke by Chelsea Bieker Blurb from Goodreads : From the acclaimed author of Godshot and “a pitch-perfect ventriloquist of extraordinary talent and ferocity” (T Kira Madden) comes a defining book of stories set in California’s Central Valley, where everyone is seeking or sabotaging love under an unrelenting sun. United by the stark and sprawling landscapes of California’s Central Valley, the characters of Heartbroke boil with reckless desire. A woman steals a baby from a shelter in an attempt to salvage her own lost motherhood. A phone-sex operator sees divine opportunity when a lavender-eyed cowboy walks into her life. A mother and a son selling dream catchers along a highway that leads to a toxic beach manifest two young documentary filmmakers into their realm. And two teenage girls play a dangerous online game with destiny. Heartbroke brims over with each character’s attempt to salvage—or sabotage—grace wher

Review: A Novel Obsession by Caitlin Barasch

A Novel Obsession by Caitlin Barasch Blurb from Goodreads : A wry and bold debut novel, which is at once an irresistible catastrophe waiting to happen and an unflinching exploration of how we narrate the stories of our lives, as an aspiring novelist finds herself stalking—and writing about—her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. “I can’t help but compare our worth as writers, as lovers, as women. Is anything solely mine, or will I always dwell in someone else’s shadow?” Twenty-four-year-old bookseller and New Yorker Naomi Ackerman, desperate to write a novel, struggles to find the right story to tell. When, after years of disastrous Tinder dates, she meets Caleb—a perfectly nice guy with a Welsh accent and a unique patience for all of her quirks—she feels she's finally stumbled onto a time-honored subject: love. But then Caleb's ex-girlfriend, Rosemary, enters the scene. When Naomi learns that Rosemary is not safely tucked away oversea

Review: A Springtime Affair by Katie Fforde

A Springtime Affair by Katie Fforde Blurb from Goodreads : Gilly Claire and her daughter Helena are categorically not looking for love this year. After her recent heartbreak, Gilly has put the possibility of romance entirely out of her mind, instead dedicating her time to the B&B she runs in the heart of the English countryside. From creating delicious home-cooked dishes, to adding the perfect finishing touches that make things feel like home for all her guests, the house is her pride and joy, and she couldn’t imagine parting with it at any price… Until she meets the charming Leo Simmons, a swoon-worthy realtor who sweeps her off her feet and opens the door to the possibility of a dazzling new life of luxury—away from home and all the familiar comforts she’s held dear for years. But can she trust him with her heart? Meanwhile Helena has her sigh