Quick Pick: September 25, 2015

after the paradeAfter the Parade by Lori Ostlund

Forty-year-old Aaron has decided that after twenty years, he is tired of his older partner, Walter. Feeling brave, he strikes out for San Francisco, but learns that freedom is not something you can just declare. Aaron decides he will not be truly free until he makes peace with his unhappy past, his childhood in a small Minnesota town with his larger-than-life misfit family. Ostlund has written a touching, tragiocomic novel of fitting in and getting out, and making peace with your past. This is a lovely novel and an amazing debut. Her short stories are also worthy of your attention.

Backlist bump: Handling Sin by Michael Malone

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