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What’s new: Books by Pauls Toutonghi, Natashia Deón and Flynn Berry

"Dog Gone" by Pauls Toutonghi.

"Dog Gone" by Pauls Toutonghi. Credit: Knopf

GRACE, by Natashia Deón. This debut novel, written by a practicing Los Angeles attorney, is narrated by the ghost of an escaped slave. The reader learns Naomi’s story — life on an antebellum Alabama plantation and, after escaping, in a Georgia brothel — as well as that of her daughter Josey, who never knew her mother. Early readers call “Grace” a haunting portrait of slavery, love and violence. (Counterpoint, $26)

DOG GONE: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home, by Pauls Toutonghi. In 1998, a golden retriever mix named Gonker ran off into the woods while hiking with his owner, Fielding Marshall, on the Appalachian Trail. This book — by Marshall’s brother-in-law, a novelist — recounts how the Marshall family mobilized to find Gonker, who could die in 23 days without his medicine. (Knopf, $25)

UNDER THE HARROW, by Flynn Berry. On a visit from London, Nora Lawrence finds her sister, Rachel, stabbed multiple times at her house in the English countryside. Though this disturbing murder is a cold case almost from the start, Nora doggedly seeks answers — and begins to wonder if it might be connected to a violent assault that Rachel survived when she was a teenager. (Penguin, $16 paper)

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