The Understudies, October 2021

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You may have heard about a little thing recently called supply chain disruption. (Here’s a primer to get you up to speed.) 
The bad news: It’s going to be tough to get your hands on the books you want to read for the foreseeable future. The good news: We’re here to fill the gap! We’ve got substitutions for the current bestseller lists lined up to help you through these tough times. Order them now through us or a fine bookstore near you!
Globe & Mail fiction bestseller list, week of Oct 16, 2021
  1. Current bestseller: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
    Our substitute: Bleeding Light by Rob Benvie
    Both books follow multiple characters across space and time and are beautiful, redemptive novels.
  2. Current bestseller: The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell 
    Our substitute: Daniil and Vanya by Marie-Helene Larochelle, translated by Michelle Winters
    Both books take psychological suspense to new heights.
  3. Current bestseller: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
    Our substitute: The Union of Smokers by Paddy Scott
    Both books feature young protagonists in multilayered tales of misadventure and self discovery and are populated by eclectic casts of characters.
  4. Current bestseller: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
    Our substitute: There Are Victories by Charles Yale Harrison
    Both books feature too-good-to-be-true romances and should come with content warnings for difficult relationship subject matter.
  5. Current bestseller: The Butler by Danielle Steel
    Our substitute: 26 Knots by Bindu Suresh
    Both books bring together characters from very different worlds, strip them of their old roles, and sets them off on a new path together.

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