We’re pleased to announce the following are our September selections for the Featured Book of the Month program!
Broken Harbor by Tana French
“On one of the half-built, half-abandoned “luxury” developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care. At first, Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, think it’s going to be an easy solve. But too many small things can’t be explained. The half dozen baby monitors, their cameras pointing at holes smashed in the Spains’ walls. The files erased from the Spains’ computer. The story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder who was slipping past all the locks. And Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher. Seeing the case on the news sends his sister Dina off the rails again, and she’s resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family one summer at Broken Harbor, back when they were children. With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, Frech’s new novel goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.”
Boy21 by Matthew Quick
“High school senior Finley has always hoped that his basketball skills will help him escape the dead-end streets of Bellmont, a racially divided town outside Philadelphia, where his future seems bleak. As the only white guy on his school’s basketball team, Finley is acutely aware of the uneasy relationship between Bellmont’s substantial Irish- and African-American populations. Then Finley’s coach introduces him to Russ, a black teenager who, ever since his parents were murdered, has retreated into a strange internal world, claiming to be an extraterrestrial known as Boy21. As Finley and Boy21’s friendship slowly strengthens, they help each other change and grow; both boys attempt to understand past tragedies in their lives, as well as a new one involving Finley’s girlfriend, Erin, which further disrupts Finley’s understanding of the world...Quick’s emotionally raw tale retains a delicate sense of hope and optimism, making it a real gut punch of a read.”
— Publishers Weekly
Rules by Cynthia Lord
“"No toys in the fish tank: is one of many rules that 12-year-old Catherine shares with her autistic younger brother, David, to help him understand his world. Lots of the rules are practical. Others are more subtle and shed light on issues in Catherine’s own life. Torn between love for her brother and impatience with the responsibilities and embarrassment he brings, she strives to be off her parents’ radar and to establish an identity of her own. At her brother’s clinic, Catherine befriends a paraplegic, wheelchair-bound boy, Jason, who talks by pointing at word cards in a communication notebook. In the end, Jason helps Catherine see that her rules may really be excuses, opening the way for her to look at things differently. A heartwarming first novel.”
— Booklist Reviews
Look for displays of all our Featured Book of the Month titles at your local branch and the Main Library!