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Sarah McGrath’s
Literary Fiction Favorites

Sarah McGrath is the VP, Editor in Chief of Riverhead Books. You may have read one of the bestsellers she’s known for, including The Interestings, Fates and Furies, and The Friend.

All Adults Here

By Emma Straub
If your quarantine is anything like mine, you are getting to know your family better than ever, making this the perfect time to indulge in All Adults Here. Come see how another family brings out the best and worst in each other, how they deal with seeing their own good and bad traits reflected back at close distance. Emma Straub is a master at capturing parent-child and sibling relationships with warmth, humor, and surprises. This is the big-hearted, rewarding read that you have earned by staying home!
Paperback   $17.00
April 13, 2021  |  ISBN 9781594634703

All Adults Here

By Emma Straub
Paperback   $17.00
April 13, 2021  |  ISBN 9781594634703

The Mothers

By Brit Bennett
Bittersweet, sexy, and morally fraught, this is a novel about young love and a big secret in a small community. The Mothers is a story that asks “what if.” What if you’d lived your life differently? What if you had chosen differently about that boy, that friend, that baby? Must we always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves? Now is the perfect time to read this emotionally riveting novel, just before Brit Bennett’s equally immersive and provocative new book, The Vanishing Half, is released June 2.
Paperback   $16.00
October 10, 2017  |  ISBN 9780399184529

The Mothers

By Brit Bennett
Paperback   $16.00
October 10, 2017  |  ISBN 9780399184529

Red at the Bone

By Jacqueline Woodson
It’s amazing to me that this novel is barely 200 pages, because it is one of the richest reading experiences I can remember. Jacqueline Woodson (National Book Award-winning author of the memoir Brown Girl Dreaming) tells a story like no one else. Red at the Bone is the story of the influence of history on the decisions made by one contemporary family. Exploring themes of sexual desire and identity, mother-daughter relationships, prejudice, class, ambition, and gentrification, it is a taut, powerful read. Profoundly moving.
Paperback   $16.00
September 01, 2020  |  ISBN 9780525535287

Red at the Bone

By Jacqueline Woodson
Paperback   $16.00
September 01, 2020  |  ISBN 9780525535287

And the Mountains Echoed

By Khaled Hosseini
I’ve been thinking a lot about this novel lately, as I consider all the ways we are still connected even while apart. Written by the #1 bestselling author of The Kite Runner
and A Thousand Splendid Suns, it’s a wise and beautiful story about the bonds that shape our lives. Moving from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek islands, it looks at the sacrifices we make for the people we love, and how the choices we make resonate through history.
Paperback   $17.00
June 03, 2014  |  ISBN 9781594632389

And the Mountains Echoed

By Khaled Hosseini
Paperback   $17.00
June 03, 2014  |  ISBN 9781594632389

The Great Believers

By Rebecca Makkai
This is that big, ambitious, immersive novel that will steal you out of your everyday life, make you feel you know the characters personally, and occupy your mind even when you’re not reading it. It’s a story of friendship in the face of tragedy and loss, set against the 1980s AIDS crisis and aftermath, but about so much more too. An emotionally absorbing story about what it’s like to live during a different time of crisis.
Paperback   $16.00
June 04, 2019  |  ISBN 9780735223530

The Great Believers

By Rebecca Makkai
Paperback   $16.00
June 04, 2019  |  ISBN 9780735223530