The Best Literature and Fiction of April

HawleyThe thing that sets the best literature and fiction apart this month is the remarkable number of impressive debuts. But let's begin with the latest novel by Hannah Tinti, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. In this thrilling and redemptive road trip story, the checkered past of pa Hawley is revealed, one bullet wound at a time. Reviewer Al Woodworth said that, "Tinti’s gritty, deeply flawed characters are rendered with such empathy that it’s impossible not to root for them. [The novel] is full of action, heart and men and women living on the edge of society."

Check out a few of the first-time fictions you will not want to miss this spring below, and browse all of our selections for the best literature and fiction of April here.

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Marlena by Julie Buntin
Rural Michigan is a lonely place for recent teenage transplant, Cat, making her especially susceptible to the corrupting charms of a new friend named Marlena. When Marlena inadvertently falls prey to her vices, it has a ripple effect on Cat for years to come.

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What To Do About the Solomons by Bethany Ball
Bethany Ball's What To Do About the Solomons follows an Israeli ex-Navy commando mired in scandal, news that eventually reaches his family in the Jordan River Valley. As they cope with the fallout, we see what binds this tight-knit family together, and what threatens to unravel it.

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Spoils by Brian Van Reet
The love child of The Kite Runner and The Things They Carried, Brian Van Reet's Spoils takes us back to Baghdad in 2003. Soldiers are doing their best to quell the violence, but the insurgency rages--and the lines between what is right, and what means victory, become blurred. 


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