To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, we’re doing what we do best—reading! And in the spirit of the holiday, all of the books we’ve picked up are green: bright green, dark green, covers vaguely green with leaves. So, if you don’t want to get green with envy, here are the best books with green covers that we suggest digging into!
In THE POSSIBLE WORLD three complete strangers are brought together through hope and resilience. Lucy, a physician, is thrown for a loop when six-year-old Ben enters her ER as the sole survivor of a crime scene. Feeling a strong sense of connection and obligation to this child, Lucy encourages wordless and traumatized Ben to recover his memory. Across town, 100-year-old Clare begins to realize that the secrets she has kept hidden for much of her life should finally be revealed. Crack open the pages of this beautiful green cover to find out more about how these three lives fit together.
“A brilliantly written, moving story” (The Washington Book Review) about the converging lives of a young boy who witnesses a brutal murder, the doctor who tends to him, and an old woman guarding her long-buried past.
It seems like just another night shift for Lucy, an overworked ER physician in Providence, Rhode Island, until six-year-old Ben is brought in as the sole survivor from a crime scene. He’s traumatized and wordless; everything he knows has been taken from him in an afternoon. It’s not clear what he saw or what he remembers.
Lucy, who’s grappling with the demise of her marriage, feels a profound, unexpected connection to the little boy. She wants to help him…but will recovering his memory heal him or damage him further?
Across town, Clare will soon be turning one hundred years old. She has long believed that the secrets she’s been keeping don’t matter to anyone anymore, but a surprising encounter makes her realize that the time has come to tell her story.
As Ben, Lucy, and Clare struggle to confront the events that shattered their lives, something stronger than fate is working to bring them together.
“Schwarz blends a clear-eyed acceptance of life’s pain and cruelties with a hopeful message about the enduring power of love in this rich and memorable novel” (Publishers Weekly). The Possible World spans nearly a century—from the Great Depression through the Vietnam War era and into the present—and “in beautifully crafted prose” (Booklist) captures the complicated ways our pasts shape our identities, and how timeless bonds can triumph over grief. “A bittersweet story full of imagination and nostalgia, loss and redemption…The Possible World will seize readers from the first scene and hold tight until its satisfying conclusion” (Kirkus Reviews).
Shaker Heights is a placid, upper-class suburban town, topped with green yards and picket fences to match. But beneath its green book cover lies riveting family secrets and dark lessons to be learned. Elena Richardson, the embodiment of a Shaker Heights citizen, opens her rental house doors to Mia Warren, an artist and single mother. As their children’s lives intertwine and jealousy looms over the mothers’ heads, Elena is determined to out Mia’s secretive past. This book grapples with the concept of identity, trust, and a mother’s powerful bond.
THE FALCONER is a coming-of-age novel about seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler. Being the only girl on the public basketball courts, she’s conflicted, insecure, and cynical – yet, despite it all, in love with her teammate Percy. As Lucy begins to question her notion of success, she is drawn to a pair of female artists in New York. This novel, topped with a beautiful pale green cover, outlines Lucy’s first taste of freedom and the obsessions and pitfalls that come along with growing out of youth.
Britt-Marie isn’t one to judge others, but she can’t stand mess, and often she gives off a strong air of criticism, even if that’s not her intention. When she walks out on her cheating husband, she finds herself in the miserable small town of Borg, where she becomes the caretaker of a soon-to-be destroyed recreation center. She soon finds herself drawn into the daily lives of the townsfolk misfits, and also somehow has landed herself in the position of having to lead the untalented children’s soccer team to victory. It’s a charming, heartwarming tale about community and connection.
Backman’s latest, BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE, is an irresistible novel about finding love and second chances in the most unlikely of places. We are packing our bags to move to Sweden.
Lisa Jewell might just be the queen of domestic thrillers, and in her 2017 novel WATCHING YOU, she proves it. The story opens at the scene of a murder, but neither the identity of the murderer nor the murdered is disclosed. The rest of the novel unfolds piece by piece, showing glimpses into the lives of various neighbors and their families in the lead up to the murder. One of the neighbors begins an affair, a teenage boy with aspiring dreams of joining MI5 notices a girl to whom is he attracted and begins to pay close attention. That young girl is suspicious of her teacher, to whom her best friend becomes unnervingly close. Lisa Jewell creates red herring after red herring, and the shocking reveal will leave you wanting more.
ALL THE MISSING GIRLS is a nail-biting thriller about the lengths we’d go to protect the ones we love. It centers on disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—and it’s told in reverse. Ten years after Nicolette’s best friend, Corinne, disappears without a trace, she returns to her hometown where it happened to care for her ailing father. Immediately following her friend’s disappearance, the case centered around Nic, her brother, her boyfriend, and Corinne’s boyfriend. Nic was the only one who ever left the town, and within days of her return, her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend also disappears, reopening Corinne’s case, and leading Nic down a deep, twisted path to uncover the truth of what happened to both women. The incredible way the book’s constructed leaves little room in your brain for anything other than the desire to find out what will happen at the end.
A spellbinding psychological thriller told in reverse, Megan Miranda’s first novel for adult readers is about the connected disappearances of two young women ten years apart in the same small town. Miranda has an uncanny talent for suspense. Megan Miranda’s new novel, THE PERFECT STRANGER, is just out.
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Helen Oyeyemi’s BOY, SNOW, BIRD is an incredibly stirring and modern retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale. A young woman named Boy escapes her abusive father and heads to a small town, where she meets Arturo and falls in love. He has a daughter, named Snow, who is unusually and uncomfortably captivating for reasons Boy doesn’t fully understand. When Boy has her own daughter with Arturo, she discovers a family secret that transforms her view of both family and herself. Oyeyemi is extremely creative and weaves a unique story that explores race, the value of how we appear, and our own vanity.
This widely acclaimed novel brilliantly recasts the fairy tale Snow White as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity. It boldly confronts the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.