April 18- Manhattan Beach by A.J. Finn

Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her
father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the
survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the
house and by some charged mystery between the two men. Years later, her father
has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval
Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now
soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and
exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the
war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to
understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have
vanished. With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel
follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers,
bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive
exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and
men, of America and the world. It is a magnificent novel by the author of A
Visit from the Goon Squad, one of the great writers of our time.

May 16– Broken Bayou by Rhonda Dennis

After the tragic and untimely death of her parents, Cheyenne Douglas hopes to escape overwhelming depression by fleeing Oklahoma and relocating to a small Louisiana town. In an attempt to help Cheyenne start fresh, a charming professor, Cal Gage, eases the transition by introducing her to the area. However, an unanticipated event occurs when touring an antebellum plantation home. Cheyenne is plagued by horrific visions of a grisly murder that took place over thirty years prior! The visions continue long after the tour is over, and they grow more vivid, harrowing, and intense with each new recollection. A disturbing past collides with the tumultuous present when nearly everyone’s lives are turned upside down by the revelations that come forth. Welcome to Broken Bayou, where the secrets are plentiful and skeletons fill everyone’s closets.