5. Nora Webster: A Novel by Colm Tóibín
Tóibín’s seventh novel is a story of a not quite middle-aged widow living in mid-century Ireland. It follows her struggles to support her large family as she mourns her husband.

6. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
Maribel Rivera was injured in an accident in Mexico so her family has come to the United States in search of a better life for their daughter. You’ll find this novel heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time.