New Arrivals - Fiction
"Strong, independent, smart, Kate is a modern business woman who knows exactly how to run her well organized world. But underneath her professional, starched exterior lurks a secret she's been running from for years...a secret desire that both exhilarates her and terrifies her. And when an old lover unexpectedly shows up and demands that Kate stop hiding from her passion, she decides to spend a week at his mansion exploring her deep submissive side, promising that this time she won't hold anything back . . . including her heart"-- Provided by publisher.
Helen and Rachel McCallister, who live in a town called Roam, are as different as sisters can be: Helen, older, bitter, and conniving; Rachel, beautiful, naïve?and blind. When their parents die suddenly, Rachel has to rely on Helen for everything, but Helen embraces her role in all the wrong ways, convincing Rachel that the world is a dark and dangerous place she couldn?t possibly survive on her own... or so Helen believes, until Rachel makes a surprising choice that turns both their worlds upside down.
"Meet Denverite Brendan Murphy-- or "Murph" as he's know to the rest of the world. That world consists mostly of fares and doormen and fellow hacks from the Rocky Mountain Taxicab Company... Come prowl the mean streets of Denver with Murph and ponder the meaning of the world and all sorts of deep questions, such as "Why would anyone want to DO anything?"--P.  of cover.
After she is attacked by a stranger, Kim Lystander's attempt to identify her assailant draws her family and the others who try to comfort her into a web of past sins, recriminations, and complicated relationships.
Dear Lucy Silchester, You have an appointment for Monday 27th July 2011. Yours sincerely, Life. Lucy Silchester has been invited along a few times to this appointment, but she keeps brushing the gold embossed envelope under the shag pile carpet. She has taken her eye off the ball and has busied herself with work (a job she does not love), helping out friends, fixing her car, feeding her cat, seeing her family and devoting her time to their life dramas. But Lucy is about to find out that this is one appointment that she cannot miss--and she cannot escape it either.
"Four years have passed in the life of Nia Simone Bijou, and she is approaching the height of her artistic powers. A film she has written is poised for international success, the studio is eager for a sequel, and the media are fasincated by her work. Yet her imaginative mind is wandering"-Dust jacket.
When Irish bouncer Dan McEvoy's step-gran shows up on the hunt for his dishevelled aunt Evelyn, it quickly becomes clear that -- despite the New Jersey mob -- family can provide the deadliest threat of all. In a city of gun-happy criminals, bent cops and a tough-talking woman detective whose inspires terror and lust in equal measure, Dan may just have reached the point where sharp wit won't cut the mustard. But can he play the heavies at their own game?
"Forget the cud. They want blood. It began with a cow that just wouldn't die. It would become an epidemic that transformed Britain's livestock into sneezing, slavering, flesh-craving four-legged zombies. And if that wasn't bad enough, the fate of the nation seems to rest on the shoulders of three unlikely heroes: an abattoir worker whose love life is non-existent thanks to the stench of death that clings to him, a teenage vegan with eczema and a weird crush on his maths teacher, and an inept journalist who wouldn't recognize a scoop if she tripped over one. As the nation descends into chaos, can they pool their resources, unlock a cure, and save the world? Three losers. Overwhelming odds. One outcome . . . Yup, we're screwed"-- Provided by publisher.
Sixteen linked stories explore the marginalized humanity in communities, hospitals, and nursing homes in San Francisco, including an elderly Chinese immigrant who is forced to make a painful sacrifice and a young veteran whose injuries symbolize the rest of his life.
Sharing a fractious relationship with Evie, her husband's ex-wife, Nicole is compelled to forge a tenuous living arrangement with her rival when her husband tragically dies in a car accident and Evie's twin daughters beg the women to let them maintain a sibling relationship with Nicole's 10-month-old baby.
Jeo and Mikal are foster brothers from a small town in Pakistan. Though they were inseparable as children, their adult lives have diverged. Jeo is a dedicated medical student, married a year. Mikal has been a vagabond since he was fifteen, in love with a woman he can't have. But when Jeo decides to sneak across the border into Afghanistan to help care for wounded civilians, Mikal determines to go with him, to protect him.
"These Granite Islands is an arresting novel about a woman who, on her deathbed, recalls the haunting and fateful summer of 1936, a summer that forever changed her life. Sarah Stonich's debut novel, set on the Iron Range of Minnesota, is an intimate and gripping story of a friendship, a portrait of marriage, and a meditation on the tragedy of loss"-- Provided by publisher.
Constantly trying to fend off attempts by her daughter to move her into assisted living, Esther Lustig, an elderly Jewish woman, finds herself lost in a world which has disappeared along with many who had inhabited it.
"... the journal of an expedition?s ascent of the highest mountain in the world. Not Everest, as everyone assumes, but Pochen Point, the fabled summit of the nether world. The expedition to climb the highest mountain in the nether world is a symbol for mankind?s journey through life. The summit is different for each member of the expedition. And yet, because it also symbolizes death, it is essentially the same. The expedition members discover that what matters is not the goal, but merely the path. And some realize that it is not even the path that matters, but rather the passage: the pathless path"--From publisher description.
When Hazel and Remy happen upon each other on a warm Boston spring day, their worlds immediately begin to spin. Remy, a gifted violinist, is married to composer Nicholas Elko, who was once the love of Hazel's life. Over the decades, each of them has buried secrets, disappointments, and betrayals that now threaten to undermine their happiness. We follow the notes of their complicated, intertwined lives from 1987 to 2007, from Europe to America, and from conservatory life to the Boston Symphony Orchestra... exploring what makes a family, the importance of art in daily life, and the role of intuition in both the creative process and the evolution of the self.
"In 1956, Ava Lark rents a house with her twelve-year-old son, Lewis, in a desirable Boston suburb. Ava is beautiful, divorced, Jewish, and a working mom. She finds her neighbors less than welcoming. Lewis yearns for his absent father, befriending the only other fatherless kids: Jimmy and Rose. One afternoon, Jimmy goes missing. The neighborhood-in the throes of Cold War paranoia-seizes the opportunity to further ostracize Ava and her son. Years later, when Lewis and Rose reunite to untangle the final pieces of the tragic puzzle, they must decide: Should you tell the truth even if it hurts those you love, or should some secrets remain buried?"--Page  of cover.
A wry, wistful tale of marriage, lust, and disconnection. William Day must confront some uncomfortable truths about his life and his future when his wife Louisa asks him to build her a house. The take-it-or-leave-it demand becomes all the more difficult to swallow when he finds himself grappling with a past recklessness, an ex-girlfirend?s son he considers his own, and his own wants for what lies ahead.
As her mother approaches death, Meg May insists that her mom tell her the truth about who they are and who they used to be, rather than the outlandish tales she always told Meg in her youth.
"Cassie Robichaud's life has been filled with regret and loneliness since the death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie's world is forever changed. The notebook's stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S.E.C.R.E.T., an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately"--Page 4 of cover.
Continues the adventures of soap diva Calysta Jeffries, who has survived a drug rehab and returned to the set to resume her role as lead actress in the daytime drama, The rich and the ruthless.
Sarah Zuckerman and Jennifer Jones are best friends in an upscale part of Washington, D.C., in the politically charged 1980s. Sarah is the shy, wary product of an unhappy home: her father abandoned the family to return to his native England; her agoraphobic mother is obsessed with fears of nuclear war. Jenny is an all-American girl who has seemingly perfect parents. With Cold War rhetoric reaching a fever pitch in 1982, the ten-year-old girls write letters to Soviet premier Yuri Andropov asking for peace. But only Jenny's letter receives a response, and Sarah is left behind when her friend accepts the Kremlin's invitation to visit the USSR and becomes an international media sensation.
After an argument sends their son's girlfriend into early labor, Reverend Curtis Black and his wife experience a rift between them that may send her into the arms of another man.
Beau Rosenwald - overweight, not particularly handsome, and improbably charismatic - arrives in Los Angles in 1962 with nothing but an ill-fitting suit and a pair of expensive brogues. By the late 1970s he has helped found the most successful agency in Hollywood. Through the eyes of his son, we watch Beau and his partner go to war, waging a seismic battle that redraws the lines of an entire industry. We watch Beau rise and fall and rise again, in accordance with the cultural transformations that dictate the fickle world of movies. We watch Beau's partner, the enigmatic and cerebral Williams Farquarsen, struggle to contain himself, to control his impulses and consolidate his power. And we watch two generations of men fumble and thrive across the LA landscape, learning for themselves the shadows and costs exacted by success and failure.