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Quick Pick: April 1, 2016

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Liberty Hardy

Senior Contributing Editor

Liberty Hardy is an unrepentant velocireader, writer, bitey mad lady, and tattoo canvas. Turn-ons include books, books and books. Her favorite exclamation is “Holy cats!” Liberty reads more than should be legal, sleeps very little, frequently writes on her belly with Sharpie markers, and when she dies, she’s leaving her body to library science. Until then, she lives with her three cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon, in Maine. She is also right behind you. Just kidding! She’s too busy reading. Twitter: @MissLiberty

cover of the year of the runaways by sunjeev sahotaThe Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

This book has already made a huge mark prior to this week’s US release: It was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize; The Guardian and The Independent both named it one of the best books of 2015; and Granta named Sahota one of the “Best of Young British Novelists.” I agree with it all! This is a very intense, textured story of three men and a woman who come over from India to try to make a life for themselves in England. It is a remarkable look at their struggle and the difficulties of immigration, as well as a story of hope and love, all while facing adversity and prejudice. The Year of the Runaways is beautiful and brave, a really difficult but outstanding read.

Backlist bump: The Illegal by Lawrence Hill (Yes, it’s new, but just in case you haven’t heard of it yet.)

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