Best Books of the Month: Literature and Fiction

Erin Kodicek on September 18, 2017

BotmMany of you have been anxiously awaiting new novels by bestselling authors Ken Follett and Mark Helprin. So were we! And I'm happy to report that they do not disappoint, nor does the heartfelt family drama from National Book Award finalist Janet Peery; these are just a few of our favorite fiction titles for September.

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A Column of Fire by Ken Follett
Ken Follett continues his wildly popular Kingsbridge series, which began with The Pillars of the Earth. A Column of Fire is set in 1558, and the Catholics and the Protestants are at each other's throats. Despite this, the ills of England have little to do with religion. The true battle is between those who advocate for tolerance and compromise, and those who want to force their agenda no matter the dire consequences.

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Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin
The author of a Winter's Tale returns with Paris in the Present Tense, about a seventy-four-year-old widower and cellist whose grandson requires expensive treatment for leukemia. To help him, Jules Lacour must rely on his musical gifts, but this endeavor stirs memories of a tragic, life-shaping incident from his past.

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The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs by Janet Peery
It's all fun and games until someone passes out in the devil's food cake. Fraught family dynamics take center stage when the Campbell family gathers for a birthday celebration, and must (finally!) confront a host of issues they've swept under the rug for far too long.


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