Fateful Fiction

These emotionally satisfying books will make you think twice about life choices and how fate intervenes in our lives.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe, there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived.

A Cup of Silver Linings by Karen Hawkins
Ava Dove is frantic. Just as her fabulous new tearoom is about to open, her herbal teas have gone wonky. Ava is desperate for a remedy, but her search leads her into dangerous territory, as she is forced to face a dark secret she’s been hiding for over a decade.

The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton
Three best friends get the chance to return to the year they turned forty, the year that altered all of their lives in ways big and small-and also get the opportunity to change their future.

Night Theater by Vikram Paralkar
A surgeon’s outlook on life changes one night when a teacher, his pregnant wife, and their young son appear. Killed in a violent robbery, they tell the surgeon that they have been offered a second chance at living if he can mend their wounds before sunrise.

Millard Salter’s Last Day by Jacob Appel
In an effort to forestall the frailty and isolation of old age, psychiatrist Millard Salter intends to kill himself at the end of the day but not before he ties up his life’s loose ends. Meanwhile, as Millard prepares for his impending suicide, his family is planning a surprise for him of its own.

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
In one moment, two lives will be changed forever … and forever … and forever. The one thing that’s certain is that they met on a Cambridge street by chance and felt a connection that would last a lifetime. But as for what happened next…

The Body in the Clouds by Ashley Hay
The story of a man falling from the sky and surviving and of the three men who see it in different ways and at different times, as they stand on the same piece of land. An astronomer in the 1700s, a bridge worker in the 1930s, and an expatriate banker returning home in the early twenty-first century: all three are transformed by this one magical event.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
One night, when Dannie Kohan awakens, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. Dannie spends one hour exactly five years in the future before she wakes again in her own home on the brink of midnight–but it is one hour she cannot shake. 

The Two Lives of Louis & Louise by Julie Cohen
If you could look at one life in two different ways, what would you see? In one life, Louis David Alder is born a male. In the other, Louise Dawn Alder is born a female. Louis and Louise are the same in many ways. But because of their gender, everything looks different.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children–four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness–sneak out to hear their fortunes. Their prophecies inform their next five decades.

The Binding by Bridget Collins
Imagine you could remove pain. Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed, and the past is locked away. 

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a rare book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood.

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult
When the plan Dawn Edelstein is on crashes, she thinks not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago. After she survives, she could return to her husband and daughter, or she could go to Egypt, find the man she left, and continue the career she abandoned. As the story unfolds, Dawn’s two possible futures unspool side by side.