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A mother and her children take an escapist road trip to Alaska. Review by Edmund Gordon

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‘Hystopia’, by David Means

A thrilling, complex novel set in a parallel Vietnam-era America in which veterans’ memories are erased and paranoia reigns. Review by Francesca Wade

‘My Name is Leon’, by Kit de Waal

A boy separated from his brother finds respite in an allotment community. Review by Zoë Apostolides

‘The Girls’, by Emma Cline

A compulsively readable debut is a vivid examination of adolescence and the 1960s. Review by Alex Preston

‘Everyone is Watching’, by Megan Bradbury

The lives of influential New Yorkers are fictionalised in a novel that plays with history. Review by Erica Wagner

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‘The Association of Small Bombs’, by Karan Mahajan

A novel that traces the consequences of a bombing for those involved is a complex meditation on violence, fundamentalism and grief. Review by Luke Brown

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‘Underground Airlines’, by Ben Winters

A counterfactual novel that imagines an America in which slavery still flourishes casts an unsettling light on our own times. Review by Ken Kalfus

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‘Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain’, by Barney Norris

Five lives collide in the remarkable debut novel of an acclaimed young playwright. Review by Suzi Feay

‘Paradise Lodge’, by Nina Stibbe

A wry take on work in a care home in 1970s Leicester has shades of Barbara Pym. Review by Isabel Berwick

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