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End-of-the-Year Contest 2021

Congratulations to the winners of our 2021 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 44 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2021, while 11 others won a selection of four of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2021's Bets On books.

Chandler Baker, author of The Husbands

Nora Spangler is a successful attorney, but when it comes to domestic life, she packs the lunches, schedules the doctor appointments, knows where the extra paper towel rolls are, and designs and orders the holiday cards. Her husband works hard, too...but why does it seem like she is always working so much harder? When the Spanglers go house hunting in Dynasty Ranch, an exclusive suburban neighborhood, Nora meets a group of high-powered women with enviably supportive husbands. When she agrees to help with a resident’s wrongful death case, she is pulled into the lives of the women there. As the case unravels, Nora uncovers a plot that may explain the secret to having it all. One that’s worth killing for.

The Husbands by Chandler Baker

August 2021

I enjoyed Chandler Baker’s WHISPER NETWORK, so I was looking forward to her new novel, THE HUSBANDS. There’s a lot of talk in this country about “the second shift,” the way that women typically take on more of the management and running of the household than men do, even when they have incredibly busy jobs. This book tackles that subject head on in a very interesting way.

Week of April 11, 2022

Paperback releases for the week of April 11th include THE HUSBANDS by Chandler Baker, a smart, sharp and timely novel that imagines a world where the burden of the “second shift” is equally shared --- and what it might take to get there; Chris Whitaker's WE BEGIN AT THE END, an extraordinary novel about two kinds of families --- the ones we are born into and the ones we create; A SWIM IN A POND IN THE RAIN, a literary master class courtesy of George Saunders on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves --- and our world today; THIS CLOSE TO OKAY by Leesa Cross-Smith, a powerful, vibrant novel about the life-changing weekend shared between two strangers; and RUBY FALLS, Deborah Goodrich Royce’s nail-biting tale of a fragile young actress, the new husband she barely knows, and her growing suspicion that the secrets he harbors may eclipse her own.