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New Arrivals - Fiction
Follows ten-year-old Zimbabwe native, Darling, as she escapes the closed schools and paramilitary police control of her homeland in search of opportunity and freedom with an aunt in America.
The stories in The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, a collection from Ethan Rutherford, map the surprising ways in which the world we think we know can unexpectedly reveal its darker contours. In stories that are alternately funny, persuasive, and compelling, unforgettable characters are confronted with, and battle against, the limitations of their lives.
It is summer in the south of France, and Pea and her little sister Margot spend their days running free, inventing games in the meadow behind their house. But Pea has worries beyond her five and a half years. Her father has died in an accident, and her mother has just lost a baby. Maman is English, already isolated in this small, foreign village, and in her compounded grief, she has retreated even further. Pea and Margot stay out of her way and try to make things better, but they can't make Maman happy again.
"At first glance, Geniece's story sounds like that of a typical young woman: she goes to college, has romantic entanglements, builds meaningful friendships, and juggles her schedule with a part-time job. However, she does all of these things in 1960s San Francisco while becoming a militant member of the Black Panther movement. When Huey Newton is jailed in October 1967 and the Panthers explode nationwide, Geniece enters the organization's dark and dangerous world of guns, FBI agents, freewheeling sex on demand, quasi-legal adventures, police repression, and fatal shoot-outs--all while balancing her other life as a college student. Virgin Soul is a moving novel of one young woman's life spinning out of the typical and into the extraordinary during one of the most politically and racially charged eras in America's history."-- Provided by publisher.
A young woman from Minneapolis, living in Miami, finds the answer to her financial woes when she is offered a position as a "sports geisha," a high-priced hooker for professional athletes. But can a conservative Catholic girl from the Midwest transform herself into a courtesan?
"Magdalena does not panic when she learns that her younger sister has disappeared. A free spirit, Jadranka has always been prone to mysterious absences. But when weeks pass with no word, Magdalena leaves the isolated Croatian island where their family has always lived and sets off to New York to find her sister. Her search begins to unspool the dark history of their family, reaching back three generations to a country torn by war"--From publisher description.
"A seventeen-year-old girl pieces together the mystery of her mother?s life and death among the bars and bedrooms of Los Angeles in this dazzling debut novel. A raucous, drug-fueled party has taken over a boutique hotel on Venice Beach?it?s a memorial for Lily, the now-deceased, free-spirited proprietress of the place. Little do the attendees know that Lily?s estranged daughter?and the nameless narrator of this striking novel?is among them, and she has just walked off with a suitcase of Lily?s belongings."-- Publishers description.
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.
Lenny left his wife, Monique, a bucket list of things they'd dreamed of doing together before cancer took his life. For four years, she ignored it, too busy raising their daughter to consider the painful task of resurrecting shattered dreams. Whisking her friends away on adventures from London to Paris, from Monaco to Milan, she is determined to follow the bucket list to the letter-until one eventful evening knocks the three friends off the beaten path. Caught up in adventures of their own making, they begin to understand: Sometimes getting lost is the only way to find what you're really looking for.
Jesse and Ramon are a loving couple, but after years spent unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, they turn to adoption, relieved to think that once they navigate the bureaucratic path to parent-hood they will have a happy ending. But nothing has prepared them for the labyrinthine process?for the many training sessions and approvals; for the constant advice from friends, strangers, and zexpertsy; for the birthmothers who contact them but don?t ultimately choose them; or even, most shockingly, for the women who call claiming they?ve chosen Jesse and Ramon but who turn out never to have been pregnant in the first place.
"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.
"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.
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?
"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.
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.