Holiday Book Gifting: Fiction Suggestions 2022

Looking for fiction books to gift? There's so many and it's not so easy grabbing a book of the shelf and knowing "this is the one!" This list is suggestions of new fiction releases I've put together  from the past few months. Included are the fiction titles from the New York Times Top 10 Books of the Year. Plus: every end of the year Literati staff are given the difficult task of naming their favorite book from the year. Click here to see the 2022 staff favorite list. Happy holidays and happy book gifting! — vick

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Demon Copperhead: A Pulitzer Prize Winner By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780063251922
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Published: Harper - October 18th, 2022

From the acclaimed author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees, a brilliant novel that enthralls, compels, and captures the heart as it evokes a young hero’s unforgettable journey to maturity.
 * New York Times Top 10 Books of 2022 *


The Candy House: A Novel By Jennifer Egan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476716763
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Published: Scribner - April 5th, 2022

From one of the most celebrated writers of our time comes an “inventive, effervescent” (Oprah Daily) novel about the memory.
* New York Times Top 10 Books of 2022 *


The Furrows: A Novel By Namwali Serpell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593448915
Published: Hogarth - September 27th, 2022

Namwali Serpell’s remarkable new novel captures the uncanny experience of grief, the way the past breaks over the present like waves in the sea. The Furrows is a bold exploration of memory and mourning that twists unexpectedly into a story of mistaken identity, double consciousness, and the wishful—and sometimes willful—longing for reunion with those we’ve lost.
* New York Times Top 10 Books of 2022 *


Checkout 19: A Novel By Claire-Louise Bennett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593420492
Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2022

Exceeding the extraordinary promise of Bennett’s mold-shattering debut, Checkout 19 is a radical affirmation of the power of the imagination and the magic escape those who master it open to us all.
* New York Times Top 10 Books of 2022 *


Trust (Pulitzer Prize Winner) By Hernan Diaz Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593420317
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2022

At once an immersive story and a brilliant literary puzzle, Trust engages the reader in a quest for the truth while confronting the deceptions that often live at the heart of personal relationships, the reality-warping force of capital, and the ease with which power can manipulate facts.
* New York Times Top 10 Books of 2022 *


The Rabbit Hutch: A novel By Tess Gunty Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593534663
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Published: Knopf - August 2nd, 2022

Set over one sweltering week in July and culminating in a bizarre act of violence that finally changes everything, The Rabbit Hutch is a savagely beautiful and bitingly funny snapshot of contemporary America, a gorgeous and provocative tale of loneliness and longing, entrapment and, ultimately, freedom.
* 2022 National Book Award Fiction Winner *


The Passenger By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307268990
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Published: Knopf - October 25th, 2022

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Road returns with the first of a two-volume masterpiece: The Passenger is the story of a salvage diver, haunted by loss, afraid of the watery deep, pursued for a conspiracy beyond his understanding, and longing for a death he cannot reconcile with God.


Stella Maris By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780307269003
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Published: Knopf - December 6th, 2022

The best-selling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road returns with the second volume of The Passenger series. Stella Maris is an intimate portrait of grief and longing, as a young woman in a psychiatric facility seeks to understand her own existence.


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Horse: A Novel By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780399562969
Published: Viking - June 14th, 2022

A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, Pulitzer Prize-winning Geraldine Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.


The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel (A Thursday Murder Club Mystery #1) By Richard Osman Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984880987
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Published: Penguin Books - August 3rd, 2021

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club.


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Our Missing Hearts: Reese's Book Club (A Novel) By Celeste Ng Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593492543
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Published: Penguin Press - October 4th, 2022

Our Missing Hearts is an old story made new, of the ways supposedly civilized communities can ignore the most searing injustice. It’s a story about the power—and limitations—of art to create change, the lessons and legacies we pass on to our children, and how any of us can survive a broken world with our hearts intact.


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Now Is Not the Time to Panic: A Novel By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062913500
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Published: Ecco - November 8th, 2022

An exuberant, bighearted novel about two teenage misfits who spectacularly collide one fateful summer, and the art they make that changes their lives forever.


A World of Curiosities: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #18) By Louise Penny Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250145291
Published: Minotaur Books - November 29th, 2022

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns in the eighteenth book in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's beloved series.


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The Light Pirate: GMA Book Club Selection By Lily Brooks-Dalton Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781538708279
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 6th, 2022

“A luminous and wrenching portrait of a frighteningly possible future," The Light Pirate is a hopeful, sweeping story of survival and resilience spanning one extraordinary woman’s lifetime as she navigates the uncertainty, brutality, and arresting beauty of a rapidly changing world. — Booklist, starred review


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The Means: A Novel By Amy Fusselman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063248717
Published: Mariner Books - September 6th, 2022

"The Means is such a fast-paced, breezy comedic novel that you may find yourself surprised that Fusselman deftly and directly leads you to existential dilemmas and the absurdity of capitalism and striving for more." — The Millions


Mad Honey: A Novel By Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781984818386
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 4th, 2022

 “Alternatingly heart-pounding and heartbreaking. This collaboration between two best-selling authors seamlessly weaves together Olivia and Lily’s journeys, creating a provocative exploration of the strength that love and acceptance require.” — The Washington Post


Little Eve By Catriona Ward Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250812650
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Published: Tor Nightfire - October 11th, 2022

From Catriona Ward, author of The Last House on Needless Street, comes the Shirley Jackson Award-winning novel Little Eve, a heart-pounding tale of faith and family, with a devastating twist.


The Cloisters: A Novel By Katy Hays Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781668004401
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Published: Atria Books - November 1st, 2022

In this “sinister, jaw-dropping” (Sarah Penner, author of The Lost Apothecary) debut novel, a circle of researchers uncover a mysterious deck of tarot cards and shocking secrets in New York’s famed Met Cloisters.


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Light on Bone (A Georgia O’Keeffe Mystery) By Kathryn Lasky Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781954907041
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Published: Woodhall Press - September 6th, 2022

"Step aside Miss Marple, Eugenia Potter, and Kinsey Millhone—Georgia O'Keeffe is the new sleuth in town! Kathryn Lasky brings the rich imagination of her YA and Juvenile books to Light On Bone, a stunning, suspenseful adult mystery. Vivid prose brushstrokes bring the legendary artist, the Southwest landscape she loved, and a complicated plot with historical and imagined characters to life." — Katherine Hall Page, author of the award-winning Faith Fairchild series


The Daughter of Doctor Moreau By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593355336
Published: Del Rey - July 19th, 2022

From the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic and Velvet Was the Night comes a lavish historical drama reimagining of The Island of Doctor Moreau set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Mexico.


Shrines of Gaiety: A Novel By Kate Atkinson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385547970
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Published: Doubleday - September 27th, 2022

"[Shrines of Gaiety] is set during Jazz Age London, in all its fizzy madness and desperation for the new, the better, the hustle. Atkinson simply has a magician's ability to switch readers’ moods within a few paragraphs, and as dark as her stories can get, within them always shines a beacon of humanity.” — Gillian Flynn, author of Dark Places


White Horse: A Novel By Erika T. Wurth Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250847652
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 1st, 2022

"This ghost story is a perfect example of new wave horror that will also satisfy fans of classic Stephen King." — Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of The Daughter of Doctor Moreau and Mexican Gothic


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The Family Izquierdo: A Novel By Rubén Degollado Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393866827
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 6th, 2022

A masterful debut that weaves together the lives of three generations of a Mexican American family bound by love, and a curse.


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What We Fed to the Manticore By Talia Lakshmi Kolluri Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781953534415
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Published: Tin House Books - September 6th, 2022

In nine stories that span the globe, What We Fed to the Manticore takes readers inside the minds of a full cast of animal narrators to understand the triumphs, heartbreaks, and complexities of the creatures that share our world.


Our Wives Under the Sea: A Novel By Julia Armfield Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250229892
Published: Flatiron Books - July 12th, 2022

“Shocking…Achingly poetic…Sharp and beautiful as coral polyps…Armfield exercises an exquisite―even sadistic―sense of suspense." — Ron Charles, The Washington Post


The Boys from Biloxi: A Legal Thriller By John Grisham Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780385548922
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Published: Doubleday - October 18th, 2022

John Grisham returns to Mississippi with the riveting story of two sons of immigrant families who grow up as friends, but ultimately find themselves on opposite sides of the law. Grisham’s trademark twists and turns will keep you tearing through the pages until the stunning conclusion.


Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six: A Novel of Thrilling Suspense By Lisa Unger Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780778333234
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Published: Park Row - November 8th, 2022

Three couples rent a luxury cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway to die for in this chilling locked-room thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger.


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Motherthing By Ainslie Hogarth Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593467022
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Published: Vintage - September 27th, 2022

“A quirky, gruesome, utterly original feminist horror experience.” — The New York Times Book Review


First Person Singular: Stories By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by) Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593311189
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Published: Vintage - April 12th, 2022

Philosophical and mysterious, the stories in First Person Singular all touch beautifully on love and solitude, childhood and memory — all with a signature Murakami twist.


The World We Make: A Novel (The Great Cities #2) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316509893
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Published: Orbit - November 1st, 2022

N.K. Jemisin’s Great Cities Duology, which began with The City We Became and concludes with The World We Make, is a masterpiece of speculative fiction from one of the most important writers of her generation.


Lucy by the Sea: A Novel By Elizabeth Strout Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593446065
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Published: Random House - September 20th, 2022

With her trademark spare, crystalline prose—a voice infused with “intimate, fragile, desperate humanness” (The Washington Post)—Elizabeth Strout turns her exquisitely tuned eye to the inner workings of the human heart, following the indomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton through the early days of the pandemic.


The Night Ship: A Novel By Jess Kidd Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982180812
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Published: Atria Books - October 4th, 2022

Based on a true story, an epic historical novel from the award-winning author of Things in Jars that illuminates the lives of two characters: a girl shipwrecked on an island off Western Australia and, three hundred years later, a boy finding a home with his grandfather on the very same island.


Liberation Day: Stories By George Saunders Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525509592
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Published: Random House - October 18th, 2022

Together, these nine subversive, profound, and essential stories coalesce into a case for viewing the world with the same generosity and clear-eyed attention Saunders does, even in the most absurd of circumstances.


It Starts with Us: A Novel (It Ends with Us #2) By Colleen Hoover Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781668001226
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Published: Atria Books - October 18th, 2022

Switching between the perspectives of Lily and Atlas, It Starts with Us picks up right where the epilogue for the “gripping, pulse-pounding” (Sarah Pekkanen, author of Perfect Neighbors) bestselling phenomenon It Ends with Us left off.


Kiss Her Once for Me: A Novel By Alison Cochrun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982191139
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Published: Atria Books - November 1st, 2022

The author of the “swoon-worthy debut” (Harper’s BazaarThe Charm Offensive returns with a festive romantic comedy about a woman who fakes an engagement with her landlord…only to fall for his sister.


The Marriage Portrait: A novel By Maggie O'Farrell Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593320624
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Published: Knopf - September 6th, 2022

The author of award-winning Hamnet brings the world of Renaissance Italy to jewel-bright life in this unforgettable fictional portrait of the captivating young duchess Lucrezia de' Medici as she makes her way in a troubled court.


The Pallbearers Club: A Novel By Paul Tremblay Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063069916
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Published: William Morrow - July 5th, 2022

A cleverly voiced psychological thriller from the nationally bestselling author of The Cabin at the End of the World and Survivor Song.


The Whalebone Theatre: A novel By Joanna Quinn Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593321706
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Published: Knopf - October 4th, 2022

A transporting, irresistible debut novel that takes its heroine, Cristabel Seagrave, from a theatre made of whalebones to covert operations during World War II—a story of love, family, bravery, lost innocence, and self-transformation.


Fairy Tale By Stephen King Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781668002179
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Published: Scribner - September 6th, 2022

Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher—for that world or ours.


The Singularities: A novel By John Banville Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525655176
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Published: Knopf - October 25th, 2022

With sparkling intelligence and rapier wit, John Banville revisits some of his career’s most memorable figures, in a novel as mischievous as it is brilliantly conceived. The Singularities occupies a singular space and will surely be one of his most admired works.


A Dangerous Business: A novel By Jane Smiley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520337
Published: Knopf - December 6th, 2022

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of A Thousand Acres: An amazing “mash-up of a Western, a serial-killer mystery and a feminist-inflected tale of life in a bordello” (The Washington Post).


The Twist of a Knife: A Novel By Anthony Horowitz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062938183
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Published: Harper - November 15th, 2022

In New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s ingenious fourth literary whodunit following The Word is Murder, The Sentence is Death, and A Line to Kill, Horowitz becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation — and only one man can prove his innocence: his newly estranged partner in solving crime, Detective Hawthorne.


The Last Chairlift By John Irving Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9781501189272
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 18th, 2022

John Irving has written some of the most acclaimed books of our time—among them The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules. A visionary voice on the subject of sexual tolerance, Irving is a bard of alternative families. In The Last Chairlift, readers will once more be in his thrall.


Less Is Lost (The Arthur Less Books #2) By Andrew Sean Greer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316498906
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 20th, 2022

In the follow-up to the “bedazzling, bewitching, and be-wonderful” (New York Times) bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning Less: A Novel, the awkward and lovable Arthur Less returns in an unforgettable road trip across America.


The Bird Tattoo: A Novel By Dunya Mikhail Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781639362783
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Published: Pegasus Books - December 6th, 2022

A powerful and sweeping novel set over two tumultuous decades in Iraq from the National Book Award-nominated author of The Beekeeper. Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.


Toad: A Novel By Katherine Dunn, Molly Crabapple (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Katherine Dunn, Molly Crabapple (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780374602321
Published: MCD - November 1st, 2022

Colorful, crass, and profound, Toad is Katherine Dunn’s ode to her time as a student at Reed College in the late 1960s. It is filled with the same mordant observations about the darkest aspects of human nature that made Geek Love a cult classic and Dunn a misfit hero. Daring and bizarre, Toad demonstrates her genius for black humor and her ecstatic celebration of the grotesque. Fifty-some years after it was written, Toad is a timely story about the ravages of womanhood and a powerful addition to the canon of feminist fiction.


Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion: A Novel By Bushra Rehman Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250834782
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Published: Flatiron Books - December 6th, 2022

For readers of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous and My Brilliant Friend, Bushra Rehman's Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion is an unforgettable story about female friendship and queer love.


The Widowmaker: A Black Harbor Novel (Black Harbor Novels #2) By Hannah Morrissey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250795977
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Published: Minotaur Books - December 6th, 2022

A wealthy family shrouded in scandal; a detective tasked with solving an impossible cold case; and a woman with a dark past collide in Hannah Morrissey's stunning new Black Harbor mystery, The Widowmaker.


To Fill a Yellow House: A Novel By Sussie Anie Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063087385
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Published: Mariner Books - November 1st, 2022

To Fill a Yellow House is as vibrant and surprising as the city it is set in and marks the arrival of a bright and bold new talent.