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Hi, Bookies:

One of the books below is decidedly out in front. Can you guess which? If you haven’t voted yet, you have until 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, June 23, to do so—and either cinch the win for the leader or change the tide of the voting! Have a great weekend: I’ll let you know the winner early next week.


Breath, Eyes, Memory, by Edwidge Danticat

The celebrated Danticat drew upon her homeland of Haiti and her adopted home of New York City for her debut novel, a vividly written coming-of-age story that deals with challenging subjects.

Love Walked In, by Marisa de los Santos

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the prose elevates this “chick lit” novel, given that its author is an award-winning poet. De los Santos puts a new spin on the idea of fated relationships with this tale of two lonely hearts looking for love.

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

Hurston’s classic of the Harlem Renaissance is a reflection on the African-American experience in the 1930s and ’40s South, as told through the life of its main character, Janie Crawford of Eaton, Florida.

The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri

After winning a Pulitzer Prize for the story collection Interpreter of Maladies, Lahiri penned her debut novel, this poignant story of the clash between two cultures and two generations, and the universal struggle to find your footing in the world.