The term “boomerang generation” is common fodder for New York Times trend pieces, but in The Smart One (Knopf, $24.95), the first novel by local author Jennifer Close, the Coffey family, with its trio of grown children, is anything but common. Claire, the middle sister, has just cancelled her wedding and left her life in New York City.  Martha, a registered nurse and the eldest of the siblings, has been home for seven years, working at J. Crew.  Their mother, Weezy, oversees the family while keeping a secret from her husband and her children.  Adding to the mix is the return home after college of Max, the youngest, with his intimidatingly beautiful girlfriend and secrets of his own.  Close tells the Coffeys’ story with pathos, just as she did those of the Girls in White Dresses, her earlier story collection.  A talented writer, Close imbues her characters with humor and insight, sometimes hard-earned.

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ISBN: 9780307596864
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 2nd, 2013

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ISBN: 9780307743701
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Published: Vintage - July 16th, 2013

Following her debut in Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, Sara Gran’s hard-edged and wry private detective is back. Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $20) sees our heroine return home to San Francisco to investigate not just the theft of a valuable guitar, but the murder of her former lover, a popular local musician. It’s an emotionally taxing case, and Claire drinks, snorts, and smokes her way through “The City by the Bay” as she zeroes in on the murderer. But while the toll on Claire is heavy and her downward spiral bleak, her work dredges up memories that lead her to a breakthrough, and she’s that much closer to finding the key to the disappearance of her best friend—the biggest unsolved mystery of Claire’s life.

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ISBN: 9780547429335
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 18th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780544227781
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Published: Mariner Books - May 20th, 2014

Trained as a psychotherapist, Bloom delves deep into the all of the complications and sorrows of daily life. But she also keenly observes the moments that are wondrous and joyful, making this debut collection a must-read for lovers of short form.
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ISBN: 9780060995140
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 13th, 1994