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Week of January 28, 2019

Paperback releases for the week of January 28th include EVERY NOTE PLAYED by Lisa Genova, a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom and what it means to be alive; THE DISAPPEARED, C. J. Box's 18th Joe Pickett novel that finds the Wyoming game warden contending with two lethal cases; Michael Koryta's HOW IT HAPPENED, in which an FBI investigator must uncover the secrets of his hometown to solve a double murder; THE TAKE by Christopher Reich, an international spy thriller featuring Simon Riske, who is one part James Bond, one part Jack Reacher; and BUILDING THE GREAT SOCIETY, in which LINCOLN'S BOYS author Joshua Zeitz takes us inside Lyndon Johnson's White House to show how the legendary Great Society programs were actually put into practice.

The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells

Jules Moreau’s childhood is shattered after the sudden death of his parents. Enrolled in boarding school where he and his siblings, Marty and Liz, are forced to live apart, the once vivacious and fearless Jules retreats inward, preferring to live within his memories --- until he meets Alva, a kindred soul caught in her own grief. Fifteen years pass, and the siblings remain strangers to one another, bound by tragedy and struggling to recover the family they once were. Jules, still adrift, is anchored only by his desires to be a writer and to reunite with Alva, who turned her back on their friendship on the precipice of it becoming more. But, just as it seems they can make amends for time wasted, invisible forces --- whether fate or chance --- intervene.

The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells

March 2019

THE END OF LONELINESS, written by Benedict Wells and translated by Charlotte Collins, is one of those slim novels that you might overlook. I am so glad I picked it up. It has strong storytelling and characters who will stay with you. It’s a sibling story, a love story, and a story that bobs and weaves so very well.

Jules Moreau, his brother Marty and sister Liz are split up and sent to boarding school following the death of their parents in a car crash. While the siblings are estranged, Jules meets Alva, a young woman living in the same home and caught up in her own grief after losing her sister.