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January 8, 2015:  Homesman by Glendon Swarthout    
The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A "homesman" must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county's men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee.
February 12, 2015:  The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright

The Forgotten Waltz charts an extramarital affair from first encounter to arranged, settled, everyday domesticity. . . . This novel's beauty lies in Enright's spare, poetic, off-kilter prose—at once heartbreaking and subversively funny. Enright captures the heady eroticism of an extramarital affair and the incendiary egomania that accompanies secret passion.

March 12, 2015:  Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly.
April 9, 2015: My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

With his family still grieving over his sisters' death in a terrorist bombing seven years earlier, young Jamie is far more interested in his cat, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and keeping his new Muslim friend Sunya a secret from his father.
May 14, 2015:  The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Julia's world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth's rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to life.
June 11, 2015:  Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Follow Winterson on her tough-minded search for belonging, for love, an identity, a home... and her birth-mother.
July 9, 2015:  The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, an uncompromising young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie O, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
August 13, 2015:  Fin and Lady by Cathleen Schine

Eleven-year-old Fin, newly orphaned, is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village, smack in the middle of the swinging '60s. His older half-sister, Lady, is now his legal guardian-- and only hope. He soon learns that Lady-- giddy, careless, urgent, and obsessed with being free-- is as much his responsibility as he is hers. They must form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional times.

September 10, 2015:  The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Forced into an overcrowded lifeboat after a mysterious explosion on their trans-Atlantic ocean liner, newly married-- and now widowed-- Grace Winter battles the elements and her fellow survivors. For any to live, some must die ...

October 8, 2015:  Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to good times. But then, as the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed.
November 12, 2015:  Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller

Fuller returns to Africa and the story of her unforgettable family. At its heart, this is the story of Fuller's mother, Nicola. Born on the Scottish Isle of Skye and raised in Kenya, Nicola holds dear the kinds of values most likely to get you hurt or killed in Africa: loyalty to blood, passion for land, and a holy belief in the restorative power of all animals.
December 10, 2015:  How It All Began by Penelope Lively

The mugging of a retired schoolteacher on a London street has unexpected repercussions for her friends and neighbors when it inadvertently reveals an illicit love affair, leads to a business partnership, and helps an immigrant to reinvent his life.