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  • Writer's picturePatti Callahan Henry

International Bestsellers

Updated: May 12, 2023


30 Bestselling Books of the Week of May 6

1. Meet Me at the Lake: A Novel, by Carley Fortune.

2. The Sun and The Star: A Nico Di Angelo Adventure, by Rick Riordan, Mike Oshiro.

3. The Covenant of Water: A Novel, by Abraham Verghese.

4. Shrines of Gaiety, by Kate Atkinson.

5. Trust, by Hernan Diaz.

6. Fourth Wing, by Rebecca Yarros.

7. The Secret Book of Flora Lea: A Novel, by Patti Callahan Henry.

8. Warrior Girl Unearthed, by Angeline Boulley.

9. The One and Only Ruby, by Katherine Applegate.

10. A History of Burning: A Novel, by Janika Oza.


1. Happy Place, by Emily Henry.

2. Snow Road Station, by Elizabeth Hay.

3. Old Babes in the Wood: Stories, by Margaret Atwood.

5. Before the Coffee Gets Cold: A Novel, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi.

6. Birnam Wood: A Novel, by Eleanor Catton.

7. The Covenant of Water: A Novel, by Abraham Verghese.

8. Fourth Wing, by Rebecca Yarros.

9. VenCo, by Cherie Dimaline.

10. In the Lives of Puppets, by TJ Klune.


10. Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity, by Peter Attia, Bill Gifford.

— Compiled by Bookmanager using weekly sales statistics from over 250 Canadian independent bookstores.

Book Summary

"Not very long ago and not very far away, there once was and still is an invisible place right here with us. And if you are born knowing, you will find your way through the woodlands to the shimmering doors that lead to the land made just and exactly for you." —HAZEL MERSEY LINDEN, 1939. A missing sister, a mysterious fairy tale, The River Thames, and a lost love. In the war-torn London of 1939, fourteen-year-old Hazel and five-year-old Flora are evacuated from their London home to a rural village to escape the horrors of the Second World War. Living with the kind Bridie Aberdeen and her teenage son, Harry, in a charming stone cottage along the River Thames, Hazel fills their days with walks and games to distract her young sister, including one that she creates for her sister and her sister alone— a fairy tale about a magical land, a secret place they can escape to that is all their own. But the unthinkable happens when young Flora suddenly vanishes while playing near the banks of the river. Shattered, Hazel blames herself for her sister’s disappearance, and she carries that guilt into adulthood as a private burden she feels she deserves. Twenty years later, Hazel is in London, ready to move on from her job at a cozy rare bookstore to a career at Sotheby’s. With a charming boyfriend and her elegantly dilapidated Bloomsbury flat, Hazel’s future seems determined. But her tidy life is turned upside down when she unwraps a package containing an illustrated book called Whisperwood and the River of Stars. Hazel never told a soul about the imaginary world she created just for Flora. Could this book hold the secrets to Flora’s disappearance? Could it be a sign that her beloved sister is still alive after all these years? As Hazel embarks on a feverish quest, revisiting long-dormant relationships and bravely opening wounds from her past, her career and future hang in the balance. An astonishing twist ultimately reveals the truth in this transporting and refreshingly original novel about the bond between sisters, the complications of conflicted love, and the enduring magic of storytelling.


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