Lies, secrets, and threats of disintegration haunt three troubled families. Jon Raymond’s Freebird is a novel about death and politics in America today, revealing how the fates of our families are irrevocably tied to the currents of history. Emily Jeanne Miller’s The News From the End of the World spends four days at the Cape with the dysfunctional Lake family–days that might make or break them. Noley Reid’s Pretend We Are Lovely features a very hungry Sobel family. They struggle over food versus nourishment, loss, and the bond of sisterhood.