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Make the most of your day by catching up on your reading! Browse these highly acclaimed novels that are short enough to be read in a day.

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    My Sister, the Serial Killer Book Cover Picture
    My Sister, the Serial Killer Book Cover Picture

    My Sister, the Serial Killer

    by Oyinkan Braithwaite

    A short, darkly funny, hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.
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    My Sister, the Serial Killer Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $14.95

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    This Is Pleasure Book Cover Picture
    This Is Pleasure Book Cover Picture

    This Is Pleasure

    by Mary Gaitskill

    Starting with Bad Behavior in the 1980s, Mary Gaitskill has been writing about gender relations with searing, even prophetic honesty. In This Is Pleasure, she considers our present moment through the lens of a particular #MeToo incident.
    This Is Pleasure Book Cover Picture
    This Is Pleasure Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.00

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    McGlue Book Cover Picture
    McGlue Book Cover Picture

    McGlue

    by Ottessa Moshfegh

    Salem, Massachusetts, 1851: McGlue may have killed a man. That man may have been his best friend. Intolerable memory accompanies sobriety. A-sail on the high seas of literary tradition, Ottessa Moshfegh gives us a nasty heartless blackguard on a knife-sharp voyage through the fogs of recollection.
    McGlue Book Cover Picture
    McGlue Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.00

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    The Grownup Book Cover Picture
    The Grownup Book Cover Picture

    The Grownup

    by Gillian Flynn

    Gillian Flynn’s Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standalone.
    The Grownup Book Cover Picture
    The Grownup Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $9.99

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    Mothering Sunday Book Cover Picture
    Mothering Sunday Book Cover Picture

    Mothering Sunday

    by Graham Swift

    On an unseasonably warm spring day in 1924, twenty-two-year-old Jane Fairchild, a maid at an English country house, meets with her secret lover, the young heir of a neighboring estate. He is about to be married to a woman more befitting his social status, and the time has come to end the affair—but events unfold in ways Jane could never have predicted.
    Mothering Sunday Book Cover Picture
    Mothering Sunday Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.00

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    The Circus Book Cover Picture
    The Circus Book Cover Picture

    The Circus

    by Jonas Karlsson

    A real-life vanishing act leaves one man looking for his missing friend in this Kafkaesque new novel from the author of The Room and The Invoice.
    The Circus Book Cover Picture
    The Circus Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $23.00

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    Here Kitty Kitty Book Cover Picture
    Here Kitty Kitty Book Cover Picture

    Here Kitty Kitty

    by Jardine Libaire

    An intoxicating, stunning story of self-destruction and redemption set against the vibrantly painted underworld of New York City, from the critically acclaimed author of White Fur.
    Here Kitty Kitty Book Cover Picture
    Here Kitty Kitty Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Red at the Bone Book Cover Picture
    Red at the Bone Book Cover Picture

    Red at the Bone

    by Jacqueline Woodson

    An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming.
    Red at the Bone Book Cover Picture
    Red at the Bone Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Blue Flowers Book Cover Picture
    Blue Flowers Book Cover Picture

    Blue Flowers

    by Carola Saavedra

    Blue Flowers alternates between letters detailing the dissolution of a relationship, and is a dark portrait of desire, undermining accepted truths about love and sex, violence and fear, men and women.
    Blue Flowers Book Cover Picture
    Blue Flowers Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    The Sense of an Ending (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture
    The Sense of an Ending (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture

    The Sense of an Ending

    by Julian Barnes

    A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning achievement in Julian Barnes’s oeuvre.
    The Sense of an Ending (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture
    The Sense of an Ending (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The New Me Book Cover Picture
    The New Me Book Cover Picture

    The New Me

    by Halle Butler

    Darkly hilarious and devastating, The New Me is a dizzying descent into the mind of a young woman trapped in the funhouse of American consumer culture.
    The New Me Book Cover Picture
    The New Me Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Tin Man Book Cover Picture
    Tin Man Book Cover Picture

    Tin Man

    by Sarah Winman

    From internationally bestselling author Sarah Winman comes an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel celebrating love in all its forms, and the little moments that make up the life of one man.
    Tin Man Book Cover Picture
    Tin Man Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $14.00

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    The Cockroach Book Cover Picture
    The Cockroach Book Cover Picture

    The Cockroach

    by Ian McEwan

    A brilliant, of-the-moment political satire like no other: here is Ian McEwan’s Brexit-era take on Kafka’s Metamorphosis, centered on a cockroach transformed into the prime minister of England.
    The Cockroach Book Cover Picture
    The Cockroach Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $11.00

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    The Perfect Nanny Book Cover Picture
    The Perfect Nanny Book Cover Picture

    The Perfect Nanny

    by Leila Slimani

    When Myriam decides to return to work as a lawyer after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their son and daughter. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family’s chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau.
    The Perfect Nanny Book Cover Picture
    The Perfect Nanny Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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