Only Child - Rhiannon Navin
Synopsis: After first-grader, Zach Taylor is squeezed into a coatroom with his teacher and classmates he hears gunshots ringing through the halls. A gunman has entered his school taking nineteen lives and changing the community as a whole. Whilst Zach's mother takes on a crusade for justice against the shooter's parents holding them responsible for the action. Zach, instead, disappears into the world of books and art, armed with a newfound understanding he begins a journey of forgiveness.
Happiness: How to Build a Family out of Love and Spare Parts - Heather Harpham
Synopsis: Happiness begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather and Brian. Their relationship ends, when Heather becomes pregnant―Brian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, with support from family and friends. Mere hours after Gracie's arrival, Heather's happiness is interrupted when a nurse tells her baby is in trouble.
This is not how Heather had imagined new motherhood – alone, heartsick, an unexpectedly solo caretaker of a baby who is perilously ill. Brian reappears as Gracie's condition grows dire; together Heather and Brian have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood.
This Is How It Always Is - Laurie Frankel
Synopsis: Rosie and Penn are parents who only want the best for their family. When 5-year-old Claude, the youngest of their five sons, says he wants to be a girl when he grows up, the couple fumble as they try to figure out how to best support Claude. But keeping Claude's identity a secret only leads to more confusion. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it backfires.
What We Lose - Zinzi Clemmons
Synopsis: Thandi was raised in Pennsylvania and views the world of her mother's childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor--someone, or something, to love.
In this novel, it follows Thandi's life unfold, from losing her mother and learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence, to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood.
Book post! Also quick note, all authors in this list are women for those looking to read female-only this year <3
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