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Week of February 3, 2014

Releases for the week of February 3rd include SEE NOW THEN, Jamaica Kincaid's first novel in 10 years; Bill Cheng's SOUTHERN CROSS THE DOG, a debut in which the bonds between three childhood friends are upended by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927; and WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD by Susan Crandall, a coming-of-age story about a nine-year-old girl who runs away from her Mississippi home in 1963, befriends a lonely woman suffering loss and abuse, and embarks on a life-changing road trip.

Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls

After their father's death, the two van Goethem sisters must find a way to support themselves and their alcoholic mother in 1878 Paris. Marie begins to train to enter the ballet and is soon modeling in the studio of Edgar Degas where she meets a wealthy patron of the ballet who offers her assistance that may have strings attached. Meanwhile, Antoinette must choose between hard labor and other more profitable jobs open to a young woman in Paris.