New Arrivals - Fiction
The members of a Southern family contribute their individual tribulations to this encompassing impression of rural poverty.
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.
Warned about the womanizing activities of Professor Nicholas Brodeur before her arrival at his prestigious university, graduate student Regina Gottlieb is nevertheless captured by his charisma and good looks before falling prey to his volatile wife
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.
"It's 1983 in Berkeley, California. Twenty-year-old Allie Dodgson is a straitlaced college student working part-time at a dress shop to make ends meet. But when the shop turns out to be a front for a dangerous drug-dealing business, Allie finds herself on the lam, speeding toward Los Angeles in her best friend's Prelude with a Wonder Bread bag full of cocaine riding shotgun and a hit man named Vice Versa on her tail."--P.  of cover.
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.
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.
"Courtney Farrell is a disaffected, sexually precocious fifteen-year-old. She splits her time between Manhattan, where her father works in publishing, and Los Angeles, where her mother is a still-beautiful Hollywood actress. After a boarding-school crush on a female teacher ends badly, Courtney sets out to learn everything fast. Her first drink is a very dry martini, and her first kiss the beginning of a full-blown love affair with an older man"--From publisher description.
When the strongest earthquake in U.S. history occurs just north of their St. Louis home, Kate and Jeremy find the disaster further complicated by Kate's self-proclaimed-medium twin's prediction about a more powerful earthquake, a situation that places Kate under public scrutiny and reveals her own psychic abilities.
Escaping the busy confusion of his homeland and moving to an almost-uninhabited lake shore where he plans on living simply and raising a family, a man descends into rage, obsession, and an abstract sense of reality when his wife suffers multiple miscarriages.
The story behind the legendary outlaw gang, a Civil War vendetta, and the forgotten court documents that helped seal their fate.
"The story of four couples linked over sevearal decades by one diamond ring, and the woman who launched the most famous diamond campaign in the world"-- Provided by publisher.
When a recently retired family patriarch clears out his bank account and disappears during a sweltering summer in 1976, his three children converge on their mother's home for the first time in years and track clues to an ancestral village in Ireland, where they uncover illuminating family secrets.
Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son's relationship with an American girl.
In 1819, kidnapped chef Owen Wedgwood transforms meager shipboard supplies into sumptuous meals at the behest of his kidnapper, pirate queen Mad Hannah Mabbot, while she pushes her exhausted crew to track down a deadly privateer.
"Murph once again fails spectacularly at his second goal the minute he picks up a "mover" named Trowbridge. "Movers" in Murph's world are not to be confused with "movers and shakers." Trowbridge pays his fare with a crisp five-dollar bill. Later, Murph finds an enigmatic handwritten note on the bill. Murph can't get the message out of his head, believing it was specifically directed at him. He sets off in search of his passenger, the meaning of the message, and inner workings of his very soul"--P.  of cover.
A reimagining of nineteen tales from the classic story about young queen Shahrazad's efforts to save her life from a brutal husband focuses on female characters at the heart of each tale in a woven sequence that incorporates humor and sensuality.
"Two young men, bound by generations of close family ties, are torn apart by the careening specter of Hitler's historic rise to power. Civilization forever changed for everyone as well as divided the world of these two dear friends. Their lives and loves are a poignant reminder of how fragile our own personal relationships are when faced with the struggles of a once great society run amok. Amidst the turmoil of horrific ethnic and religious persecution, a great war envelops the world while sweeping along the youth on opposite sides, pitting them one against each other"--P.  of cover.
When the will of a recently deceased ladies' man mandates a summer-long reunion for his daughters from different marriages at his posh Nantucket house, the three sisters are forced to confront long-festering resentments and misunderstandings as well as challenges in their private and professional lives, a situation that is complicated by a shocking revelation and the arrival of their mothers.
Idiopathy (dp?i): a disease or condition which arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown. "Idiopathy" a novel as unexpected as its title, in which Katherine, Daniel, and Nathan--three characters you won't forget in a hurry--unsuccessfully try to figure out how they feel about one another and how they might best live their lives in a world gone mad. Featuring a mysterious cattle epidemic, a humiliating stint in rehab, an unwanted pregnancy, a mom-turned-media personality ("Mother Courage"), and a workplace with a bio-dome housing a perfectly engineered cornfield, it is at once a scathing satire and a moving meditation on love and loneliness.
"After four years in Iraq, Conrad Farrell returns to Katonah, New York, and he's beginning to learn that something has changed in his landscape. Something has gone wrong, though things should be fine: he hasn't been shot or wounded; he's never had psychological troubles. But as he attempts to reconnect with his family and his girlfriend and to find his footing in the civilian world, he learns how hard it is to return to the people and places he used to love"--From publisher description.
Catherine Strayed is living a quiet life in a college town following the mysterious death of her husband, a promising writer. When her former mentor takes a teaching job at the college, he brings along his latest protégé, Antonia Lively, whose debut novel has become a literary sensation. Antonia insinuates herself into Catherine's life and intends to plunder Catherine's own dark past for her next literary triumph.
Explores the human cost of China's one-child policy in the story of rural family on the run from the state, describing their decision to conceive a second child before becoming subject to cruel government practices of forced abortion and sterilization.