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Must-Read Books in Spring 2019

Sam Rose 03.22.2019

Karen T. Brissette from the newest location of Shakespeare & Co. (shakeandco.com) in New York City picks three provocative titles.

Gingerbread

By Helen Oyeyemi

Riverhead Books, $27, March 5

“A seductive blend of magical realism, multigenerational origin story and social commentary is deliciously baked into this story about family, friendship and betrayal, with gingerbread at its center.”

The Farm

By Joanne Ramos

Random House, $27, May 7

“A debut novelist takes on hot-button issues like reproductive rights and the immigrant experience with this speculative feminist dystopia. Select women are chosen to be surrogates for The Farm’s wealthy clients — pampered and paid, but essentially imprisoned.”

If, Then

By Kate Hope Day

Random House, $26, March 12

“This slipstreamy, thought-provoking debut explores the possibility of parallel realities. Four neighbors living in a small town near a long-dormant, maybe-awakening volcano begin encountering alternate versions of themselves, causing them to re-evaluate their life choices.”

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