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Moonglow by Michael Chabon

December 19, 2016 Staff @ Hughes Main
Moonglow by Michael Chabon

A grandson sits by his dying grandfather’s bedside as his grandfather slowly reveals the light and shadows of a marriage and of a family that kept secrets as a way of life. He learns of his grandmother’s life growing up during World War II; her coming to America and living with a man who kept to himself, even lying to her about his short time in prison. Chabon’s signature style includes carefully observed characters that are both new and familiar and shimmering prose that reflects and refracts light much as moonlight does.

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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

December 19, 2016 Staff @ Hughes Main
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

The Cousins and the Keatings are two California families forever intertwined and permanently shattered by infidelity. Bert Cousins leaves his wife for Beverly Keating, leaving her to raise four children on her own. Beverly, with two children of her own, leaves her husband for Bert. The six children involved are forced to forge a childhood bond based on the combined disappointment in their parents.

As adults, they find their families’ stories revealed in a way they couldn’t possibly expect. Patchett has written a family drama that perfectly captures both the absurdity and the heartbreak of domestic life.

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The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

December 14, 2016 Lisa S @ Hughes Main
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

In a world called Euronia there are two types of people, humans and the Lashed. The Lashed might have magical powers but an act of treason years ago have resulted in their persecution. Now in the kingdom of Lochlanach there is a great beast slaughtering the people of the kingdom regardless of rank or birth. Now the kingdom is living in fear of a beast that no warrior has been able to stop.

Despite a promise made to the Crown Princess Aerity by her father the King to be able to choose her husband, a fateful choice is made. Hunters from all of the kingdoms of Euronia are summoned and a great prize is offered to the man who successfully kills the beast, the hand of Princess Aerity in marriage. The Great Hunt is a thrilling mix of adventure, fantasy, and romance set in a compelling magical world.