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The Meanings of Love

June 17, 2023

This week’s grouping includes two very different and equally compelling novels to help celebrate Pride; sensational stories that dig deep into our psyches, two of which address secret love affairs; the final installment of a series of well-loved novels; and a razor-sharp debut that reinvents the American Western.

And a note about the passing of two literary giants: This week we lost Cormac McCarthy—who garnered a Pulitzer along the way from 1965’s The Orchard Keeper to 2022’s The Passenger and Stella Maris—and the legendary Knopf editor, Robert Gottlieb, publisher extraordinaire of writers including Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, John le Carré, John Cheever, and Robert Caro (who stars with Gottlieb in the wonderful recent documentary, Turn Every Page). As the writer Pico Iyer tweeted: “May the next generation be worthy of their majesty.”

Happy reading,
Melanie Fleishman
Buyer, The Center for Fiction Bookstore