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End-of-the-Year Contest 2022

Congratulations to the winners of our 2022 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 40 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2022, while eight others won a selection of five of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2022's Bets On books.

Vacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore

June 2022

A few weeks ago, I plucked an advance reading copy of VACATIONLAND by Meg Mitchell Moore from my shelf. Immediately I was transported to a beautiful home on the coast of Maine. I could smell the water and see the rocky shore.

As the novel opens, a young woman named Kristie is headed to Maine on a bus. She has a backpack, $761 and a mission to figure something out. That is the setup for a typical scenario of “a woman on a quest.” From there, the story shifts to Louisa, a tenured professor who has arrived in Maine from Brooklyn with her three children to spend the summer with her parents while her husband launches his podcast brand back in the city. Louisa is counting on her folks to help out with the kids as she works on a book with a deadline she has to hit. She has been on sabbatical, but something has gotten in the way of her work, and she is desperate to get some time to write.

Week of May 1, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of May 1st include THE LIONESS, a riveting historical thriller from Chris Bohjalian in which a luxurious African safari turns deadly for a Hollywood starlet and her entourage; TWO NIGHTS IN LISBON by Chris Pavone, a stunning thriller about a woman under pressure and how far she will go when everything is on the line; Jamie Ford's THE MANY DAUGHTERS OF AFONG MOY, a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across the generations; BULLY MARKET by Jamie Fiore Higgins, a rare insider’s account on Wall Street where greed coupled with misogyny and discrimination enforces a culture of exclusion in the upper echelons of Goldman Sachs; and Casey Sherman's HELLTOWN, a landmark true crime narrative that reveals the secrets of notorious serial killer Tony Costa --- the most dangerous man on Cape Cod --- and unspools the threads connecting Costa, Kurt Vonnegut and Norman Mailer in the seaside city that played host to horrors unlike any ever seen before.