The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press)
A coming of age novel set amidst the rugged natural beauty and remoteness of Alaska; nature itself is a major character in this novel of a family headed by Vietnam War vet who wants to escape and live off the grid. Full of remarkable, unique characters and full of tension and suspense, this novel from the author of The Nightingale provides an equally unforgettable experience.
Hotel Silence by Audur Ava Olafsodottir (Grove Press)
Winner of the Icelandic Literary Prize, this novel introduces the reader to a recently divorced man who can’t seem to fix his own sadness and life (somewhat in the vein of A Man Called Ove) and who decides to take a vacation (along with his small tool box) and stay in a small hotel in a war-torn land. His handyman, fix-it skills prove useful to the hotel and the local community, but they in turn help fix his life. Memorable characters in a novel dealing with transformation and second chances.
Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (William Morrow)
Three women of perseverance and resourcefulness living in a crumbling Bavarian castle at the end of World War II are haunted by the past and the secrets they hold.
Set amidst the deprivations, shortages, and hardships of a period frequently overlooked, this novel benefits from extensive historical research interwoven with fiercely determined characters.