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"In the not-too-distant future, the world is ruled not by governments but by fast-food delivery companies. Only one disgruntled employee stands between them and the end of civilization..."--Page [4] of cover.

"In the hot African night a single gunshot cracks the silence. José Antonio traces the sound to the stage of the local theatre company, where he finds Nelio, the young prophetical leader of the city?s street kids, crumpled in blood. Nelio refuses to be taken to the hospital but instead tells Jose his life?s story: how bandits raided his village, his daring escape, and his struggle to survive on the streets. José is irrevocably changed. He becomes the Chronicler of the Winds, revealing Nelios?s magical tale to all who will listen"--From publisher description.

A collection of nine short stories explores the emotional fault lines that lie just beneath the surface of happy family life.

In a locked ward of a notorious psychiatric hospital sits a man who insists that he is Dr. Nicholas Slopen, failed husband and impoverished Samuel Johnson scholar. Slopen has been dead for months, yet nothing can make this man change his story. What begins as a tale of apparent forgery, involving unseen letters by the great Dr. Johnson, grows to encompass a conspiracy between a Silicon Valley mogul and his Russian allies to exploit the darkest secret of Soviet technology, the Malevin Procedure.

The Joyner family's land sits atop prime Marcellus Shale. When landmen for the natural gas companies begin to lease property all around the family?s hundred acres, the Joyners start to take notice. Undecided on whether or not to lease the family land, Frank Joyner must weigh his heirs? competing motivations. All of this culminates as a looming history of family tragedy resurfaces. A sprawling family novel, Fractures follows each Joyner as the controversial hydraulic fracking issue slowly exacerbates underlying passions and demons.

Forced to abandon his ornithology work after being wounded in combat, World War II veteran Jim Carroway secludes himself on a tiny island off the coast of Maine where an old friend's captivating daughter draws him out of isolation during the month before she starts college.

"Lucky Santangelo. A fifteen-year-old wild child ready to discover life, love and independence. Daughter of the notorious Gino, Lucky discovers her mother's murdered body floating in the family swimming pool at the tender age of four. Since then Gino has kept her protected from life closeted in their Bel Air mansion. But in Confessions of a Wild Child Lucky finally breaks free, and running away from boarding school the adventures begin. Boys, sex, drugs and rock n' roll - Lucky explores it all in preparation for the strong, kick-ass woman she eventually becomes. Delve into the world that Lucky rules!"-- Provided by publisher.

The Big Four in the tobacco industry think they have all their bases covered in an upcoming trial in which a widow is suing for the smoking-related death of her husband, but they did not count on an inside operator who has a personal grudge and a sure-fire plan to bring them down.

When Moslem fundamentalists destroy a key Soviet oil complex, the Russians initiate a plan of diplomatic trickery for their seizure of Persian Gulf oil.

All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance. When she wakes up after a traumatic fall, bruised and battered but miraculously alive, Penny must confront the memories that have haunted her for years, using her love of movement to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

In "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," a middle-aged judge falls gravely ill and is shinned by his materialistic family; and in "Confession," Tolstoy charts his own religious evolution from his rejection of the Orthodox Church to his embrace of spirituality

Reagan Bishop, a licensed psychologist, stars on a cable self-help show. Despite her success, Reagan never seems to earn her family's respect and her younger sister Geri remains the family favorite. As her show rises in the ratings, Reagin descides to use her newfound power to teach everyone a lesson about sibling rivalry.

Daniel is pursued by stories. His father, in thrall to a myth, has disappeared. His mother and sisters have, too. Lydia, his lover, leaves him and the novel he cannot finish. And then there is Pearl, the girl beneath the floorboards, whose adventures hum alongside Daniel's own.

Speaking from an unknown place and to an unknown interlocutor, Andrew is thinking, Andrew is talking, Andrew is telling the story of his life, his loves, and the tragedies that have led him to this place and point in time. And as he confesses, peeling back the layers of his strange story, we are led to question what we know about truth and memory, brain and mind, personality and fate, about one another and ourselves.

"As the end of summer approaches and a long, hot Labor Day weekend looms, the life of lonely thirteen-year-old Henry Wheeler is irrevocably changed when he and his emotionally fragile mother show kindness to a stranger with a terrible secret"--Page [4] of cover.

In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. Long-abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as highwalled, self-contained labor colonies. The members of the labor class are descendants of those brought over en masse many years earlier from environmentally ruined provincial China. In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement when the man she loves mysteriously disappears. Fan's journey to find him takes her out of the safety of B-Mor, through the anarchic Open Counties where crime is rampant with scant governmental oversight and to a faraway charter village in a quest that will soon become legend to those she left behind.

The Guest Cat is a subtly moving novel that conveys deeply felt ways of being. Two writers, a young couple, enjoy their quiet cottage in a leafy part of Tokyo: they work at home as freelance editors. One day a cat invites herself into their small kitchen. She is a beautiful creature. She leaves, but comes again, and then again and again. New, small joys, radiated by the fleeting loveliness of life, accompany the cat; the days take on more light and color.

After her husband and four of her children are brutally murdered in the winter of 1897, midwife Elspeth Howell, along with her surviving son, twelve-year-old Caleb, takes on the frozen wilderness to find the men responsible for shattering their family.

Nestled on the edge of Chicago?s gritty west side, Oak Park is a suburb in flux. To the west, theaters and shops frame posh houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. To the east lies a neighborhood still recovering from urban decline. In the center of the community sits Ilios Lane, a pristine cul-de-sac dotted with quiet homes that bridge the surrounding extremes of wealth and poverty. On the first warm day in April, Mary Elizabeth McPherson, a lifelong resident of Ilios Lane, skips school with her friend Sofia. As the two experiment with a heavy dose of ecstasy in Mary Elizabeth?s dining room, a series of home invasions rocks their neighborhood. At first the community is determined to band together, but rising suspicions soon threaten to destroy the world they were attempting to create.

In this brilliant mix of literary satire and crime caper, Frankie Abandonato, a small-time con man on the run, finds refuge by posing as V. S. Mohle?a famously reclusive writer?and teaching in a prestigious writing program somewhere in Texas. Streetwise and semiliterate, Frankie finds that being treated as a genius agrees with him. The program has been funded by Rex Schoeninger, the world?s richest novelist, who is dying. Buzzards are circling, angling for the remains of Rex?s fortune, and Frankie quickly realizes that he has been presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. Complicating matters is the fact that Rex is haunted by a twenty-five-year feud with the shadowy Mohle. What rankles Rex is that, while he has written fifty bestsellers and never gotten an ounce of literary respect, Mohle wrote one slender novel, disappeared into the woods, and become an icon. Determined to come to terms with his past, Rex has arranged to bring his rival to Texas, only to find himself facing off against an imposter. Famous Writers I Have Known is not just an unforgettable literary romp but also a surprisingly tender take on two men?one a scam artist frantic to be believed, the other an old lion desperate to be remembered.

In the ...follow-up to her ... debut novel, Colette Freedman explores the aftermath of infidelity from three different perspectives--husband, wife, and mistress. The end of an affair may be only the beginning. . . Over the course of one tumultuous Christmas Eve, Kathy Walker confirmed her suspicions about her husband's affair, confronted his mistress, Stephanie, and saved her marriage. She and Robert have eighteen years, two teenagers, and a film production business between them--plus a bond that Kathy has no intention of giving up on. Yet though Robert is contrite, Kathy can't quite silence her doubts. While Robert reels from his wife's ultimatum and his mistress's rejection, Stephanie makes a discovery: she's pregnant. Her resolve to stay away from Robert wavers now that they could make a real family together. And in the days that follow, Stephanie, Robert, and Kathy must each reckon with the intricate realities of desire, the repercussions of betrayal, and the secrets that, once revealed, ripple through lives and relationships in thoroughly unexpected ways.

"A contemporary retelling of Daphne du Maurier's gripping and iconic novel Rebecca, ALENA tells the story of a bright young curator who finds herself haunted by the legacy of her predecessor at a small, cutting-edge art museum on Cape Cod"-- Provided by publisher.

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