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New Arrivals - Fiction
Marty Langsmith is only five years old when a strange thunder rolls across the Hawaiian sky and life as she knows it explodes into flames. With her mother, April, and hundreds of other women and children, Marty is evacuated from the ruins of Pearl Harbor and sent into a brave new world overshadowed by uncertainty and grief. Feeling abandoned by her deployed Army officer father in the wake of the attack, Marty is haunted by nightmares of the lion in the lei shop, a creature that's said to devour happy children. But as the years pass, mother and daughter slowly begin to embrace their new life and make peace with the pain of the past.
The author, who began sharing his open letters to his noisy upstairs neighbors (two impossibly ditzy single women in their twenties) on Twitter, breaks out of the 140-character limit and imagines what would happen if he put the wisdom of these girls to the test.
Rising from humble origins, Cath Fox uses her shrewd wits to pursue her ambitions from a Portsmouth backstreet to the boardrooms of global empires before championing society as a scorpion-tattooed insider at a royal wedding.
The novel--inspired by true events--tells the stories of a deformed German infantryman; a lonely British film director; a blind museum curator; two Jewish American newlyweds separated by war; and a caretaker at a retirement home for actors in Santa Monica. They move through the same world but fail to perceive their connections until a veil is lifted to reveal the vital parts they have played in one another's lives.
"Man vs. Nature Bismarck, North Dakota, is no place to be in the middle of winter. So when a young beauty bedecked in jewels shows up in the local saloon looking for a card game, Slocum can't help but be intrigued. Especially when she turns out to be the worst poker player he's ever seen. The woman is Ginny Garfield, daughter of Gilbert G. Garfield of the Garfield Coal, Trains, and Shipping dynasty, and she's hard on the trail of the man who killed her brother. But if Slocum wants her to survive the winter, he's going to have to take over the hunt for Delbert Calkins --even if it means tailing him clear across the country. Because there's one thing he knows about a man like Delbert: He was born bad, he lives bad, and he'll die bad --as long as Slocum gets his way..."--P. 4 of cover.
When CEO Nathaniel West, a skilled dominant, is looking for a new submissive, Abby King agrees to play the part and although Abby finds fulfillment in her new experiences, she realizes that Nathaniel can only remain cold and distant.
Years ago, Juliet Clark gave up her life in California to follow the man she loved to Mexico and pursue her dream of being an artist. Now her marriage is over, and she?s alone, selling watercolors to tourists on the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk. When her brother asks her to come home to wintery New England and care for their ailing mother, a flamboyant actress with a storied past, Juliet goes reluctantly. She and her self-absorbed mother have always clashed. Plus, nobody back home knows about her divorce?or the fact that she?s pregnant and her ex-husband is not the father.
Using a deck of Loteria cards as her muse, 11-year-old Luz Castillo, a ward of the state who has retreated into silence, finds each shuffle sparking a random memory that, pieced together, brings into focus the joy and pain of her life and the events that led to her present situation.
After a car crash leaves their friend Marcus dead and his wife Sarah in a coma, Ana and James are shocked to discover that they have become the legal guardians of a 2 1/2-year-old, Finn. Finn's crash-landing in their lives throws into high relief deeply rooted, and sometimes long-hidden, truths about themselves, both individually and as a couple.
Debut novel of a family bound by searing passions, an earthy magic, and a very unusual curse. The Laguna women suffer from an odd affliction: each generation is condemned to tragic love affairs and to give birth only to girls who are unable to escape the cruel fate of their mothers. One fateful hunting season in their small Castilian town, a young landowner arrives and begins a passionate affair with Clara Laguna, the latest in the family line, daughter of a one-eyed woman known as "the Laguna witch." He leaves her pregnant with yet another daughter, but the seeds of change are sown. Eventually the long-awaited son--Santiago, the great-great grandson of Clara--is born. A window of hope is opened, but is the curse truly over? The novel introduces a cast of memorable, eccentric characters, from a bearded, mute female cook to the local do-gooding priest and the indelible Laguna women themselves.--From the publisher's statement on Amazon.com.
When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president, America stumbles down a path toward theocracy, realizing too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said.
Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife? All of these. For this is Silvia Shute, who has always done exactly what she wants, until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops. Her past holds a terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. Meanwhile she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers. Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again...
Reconnecting with a vibrant woman from his past, Philip is shocked to learn that her seemingly charmed marriage ended in divorce and tragedy and that the woman regarded her ex as a monster, a revelation that compels him to investigate the truth.
Years after an affair with her college professor compelled her to abandon her own art and accept an unfulfilling job as a photographer's assistant, Terry, who believed her ex had died, unexpectedly runs into him and pursues a beautiful and healing friendship that renews her creative ambitions.
Arriving in their summer home less than a year after the suicide of a teenage daughter, Joan and her family stumble on the death of a local young man and bond with his grieving mother before learning that the victim's death was not accidental.
"Chip Mackinnon returns from World War II a changed man. After being shot down over the desert and imprisoned by the enemy, the world of privilege to which he belongs seems shallow. but in the shadow of his older brother's death, the full weight of his father's expectations falls on Chip. Pop Mackinnon - whose money is new but just as good as anyone else's - has designs on the upper echelons of society. The polo ponies and expensive education he bought for his son weren't gifts; they were an investment in the family's future. Now it's time for Chip to pay him back by marrying a girl who can finally bring the Mackinnons into society's inner circle. A shrewd and cunning man, Pop is used to getting his way - until the arrival of Jean Cooper, that is. This Midwestern beauty awakens Chip's passions, ad the two embark on an affair that threatens to destroy Pop's social-climbing plans."--Back cover.
Two friends who are given a treasure map by a travel agent embark on a quest for the Golden Monkey in the mysterious land of Honolulu, where they meet untold dangers, encounter strange natives, and discover ancient ruins.
Raised in the circus, Fly sees everything, taking in all of the city's carnivalesque beauty and ugliness as he roves through its dizzying streets in his taxi. His best friends are Otto, a political activist, and Mary, a book-loving passenger with a domineering husband, whom Fly falls in love with. His crime-ridden apocalyptic city is a parable for our own debauched, unjust world.
A medical student faces an ethical difficulty when he is asked to be part of a cover-up after a remodeling project on campus literally digs up bones of dissected African American slaves, once used for anatomy training.
Reunited by the unexpected death of their family matriarch in the spring of 1994, the Cole family struggles for privacy and stability in the wake of local scandals, a love triangle and a 1960s sexual self-help book that reveals shattering secrets.
Alice is the youngest of three daughters and the black sheep of her family. About to turn thirty, she has never made a success of her life the way her two older sisters have, and since her mother's death, she has felt shut out of the closeness they have developed with their father. She has been in love for years with a man who refuses to marry her, and when she finally breaks off the relationship she heads off to Mongolia with nothing more than a backpack. Because of this she is late to hear the news that her father is dying, and returns to the family home in London only just in time to say goodbye.
Two star-crossed cousins, the independent Lucy and the bookish Shep, play out a love-hate relationship over several decades among the elite levels of Southern society.
Overwhelmed by her unemployment and estrangement from her bohemian Brooklyn family, Claudia spectacularly misjudges her younger sister's cry for help and lands in the middle of a disastrous love affair that disrupts three very different families.
The members of a Southern family contribute their individual tribulations to this encompassing impression of rural poverty.
A terminal cancer patient surveys his family's political history under the East German regime, from his grandparents' return from exile in Mexico, to his father's decade spent in a gulag, to his son's desire to leave the political struggles of the twentieth century in the past.