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BKLYN BookMatch Dark Memoirs, Family Drama & Dysfunction

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The shining girls

Lauren Beukes. |

In 1931, Harper Curtis discovers a time travel portal located in an otherwise undistinguished Chicago bungalow. Written on the walls of the house are the names of "shining girls" whose bright young lives he must extinguish. Thus does Curtis become a time-traveling serial killer, singling out his victims by giving them small gifts and then returning, years later, to eviscerate them.

The dinner

Herman Koch ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett. |

Over the course of a meal at a fashionable Amsterdam restaurant, two couples move from small talk during the appetizer to weightier issues.

Little Bee

Chris Cleave. |

The fates of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-to-do British couple seeking to repair their strained marriage with a free holiday are joined when the couple decide to stray beyond the walls of their holiday resort on a Nigerian beach.

We are all completely beside ourselves

Karen Joy Fowler. |

As a girl in Indiana, Rosemary, felt that she and Fern were not only sisters but also twins. So she was devastated when Fern disappeared. Then her older brother, Lowell, also vanished. Rosemary is now prolonging her college studies in California, unsure of what to make of her life.

The church of dead girls

Stephen Dobyns. |

Suspicion built on fear, old rumors, and old angers grows out of control as three girls from the same small town mysteriously vanish.

Before I go to sleep

S.J. Watson. |

An accident in her 20s severely damaged her memory, so although Christine Lucas is now 47, she doesn't recall anything that has happened since the accident. Each morning, her husband tells her who she is, and who he is. But a Dr. Nash calls her every day after Ben leaves for work to tell her where to retrieve her journal, where certain facts don’t match the story Ben has been telling her.


Emma Donoghue. |

Ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes

Martha Long. |

The author chronicles her life from ages three to 11, where she endures shocking privation and abuse, particularly at the hands of her mother's long-term boyfriend. Trapped by her circumstances, Long must care for a growing brood of siblings, and though barely educated she finds ingenious ways to provide for her family.

A little life

Hanya Yanagihara. |

Geek love

Katherine Dunn. |


Carsten Stroud. |


by Sapphire. |

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

Sherman Alexie. |

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Defending Jacob

William Landay. |

A 14-year-old boy is stabbed to death in the park near his middle school in an upper-class Boston suburb, and Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber takes the case, despite the fact that his son, Jacob, was a classmate of the victim. But when the bloody fingerprint on the victim’s clothes turns out to be Jacob’s, Barber is off the case and out of his office, devoting himself solely to defending his son.

What she knew

Gilly Macmillan. |