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End-of-the-Year Contest 2023

Congratulations to the winners of our 2023 End-of-the-Year Contest! One reader received all 44 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2023, while 11 others won four of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2023's Bets On selections.

If you would like to know more about these books, be sure to check out this video and podcast where Carol talks about each of her 44 picks.

Sarah Pekkanen, author of Gone Tonight

Catherine Sterling thinks she knows her mother. Ruth Sterling is quiet, hardworking and lives for her daughter. All her life, it's been just the two of them against the world. But now, Catherine is ready to spread her wings, move from home and begin a new career. And Ruth will do anything to prevent that from happening. Ruth thinks she knows her daughter. Catherine would never rebel, would never question anything about her mother's past or background. But when Ruth's desperate quest to keep her daughter by her side begins to reveal cracks in Ruth's carefully constructed world, both mother and daughter begin a dance of deception.

Gone Tonight by Sarah Pekkanen

August 2023

Sarah Pekkanen’s GONE TONIGHT is written in two voices. Ruth Sterling is 41 and is a fierce protector of her 24-year-old daughter, Catherine. Ruth left home when she became pregnant at 17, and it’s been just the two of them for years. When the book opens, Catherine is looking forward to relocating to Baltimore for a new job. Ruth does not want her to make this move, as it will bring her too close to something from Ruth’s past that she needs to keep left behind. As the novel unfolds, readers are given more looks into that past and why Ruth is so protective.

Week of May 13, 2024

Paperback releases for the week of May 13th include GONE TONIGHT by Sarah Pekkanen, an emotionally thrilling powerhouse of a novel about the things we do for love, and what we’re capable of when pushed to the limit; Ashley Audrain's THE WHISPERS, a propulsive page-turner about four families whose lives are changed when the unthinkable happens --- and what is lost when we give in to our own worst impulses; PAGEBOY, Oscar-nominated star Elliot Page's groundbreaking and inspiring memoir about love, family, fame --- and stepping into who we truly are with strength, joy and connection; LIFE B, a bracing and fresh look at a lifelong struggle with depression and mental illness from writer and book critic Bethanne Patrick; and the paperback original THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HIM by Kate White, a head-spinning psychological thriller in which a woman is left reeling when her former fiancé appears to take his own life, and she becomes desperate to prove it was actually murder.