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New Arrivals - Fiction
"James Kelman, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of How Late It Was, How Late, tells the story of Helen--a sister, a mother, a daughter--a very ordinary young woman. Her boyfriend said she was quirky but she is much more than that. Trust, love, relationships; parents, children, lovers; death, wealth, home: these are the ordinary parts of the everyday that become extraordinary when you think of them as Helen does, each waking hour. Mo Said She Was Quirky begins on Helen's way home from work, with the strangest of moments when a skinny, down-at-heel man crosses the road in front of her and appears to be her lost brother. What follows is an inspired and absorbing story of twenty-four hours in the life of a young woman"-- Provided by publisher.
Historical reimaginings are cleverly intertwined with contemporary stories to reveal startling truths about human nature across the centuries in this stunning debut collection that brings to life ancient cities and fallen empires.
Journalist Gemma Hendricks is sure that scoring an interview with Colin Firth will save her lagging career and rocky marriage. Yet with her bittersweet secret, a heart-tugging local story about women, family ties, love, and loss, captures her heart and changes everything. The story concerns Bea Crane, a floundering twenty-two-year old who learns in a deathbed confession letter that she was adopted at birth. Bea is in Boothbay Harbor to surreptitiously observe her biological mother, Veronica Russo, something of a legend in town, who Bea might not be ready to meet, after all. Veronica, a thirty-eight-year-old diner waitress famous for her "healing" pies, has come home to Maine to face her past. But when she's hired as an extra on the bustling movie set, she wonders if she hiding from the truth and perhaps the opportunity of a real life Mr. Darcy. These three women will discover more than they ever imagined in this coastal Maine town, buzzing with hopes of Colin Firth. Even the conjecture of his arrival inspires daydreams, amplifies complicated lives, and gives incentive to find their own romantic endings.
Traces the journey of Yohan, who defects from his country at the end of the Korean War, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life in Brazil. Throughout his years there, four people slip in and out of his life: Kiyoshi, the Japanese tailor for whom he works; Peixe, the groundskeeper at the town church; and two vagrant children named Santi and Bia. Yohan longs to connect with these people but to do so he must let go of his traumatic past.
Living in a tiny 1950s Carpathian mountains village isolated from the communism of Eastern Europe, Pavel Botev attends a school taught by an exiled alcoholic who quietly orders him to kill the new Party Secretary, an event that changes the course of the boy's life.
Tracks a woman's journey from the horrors of Charles Taylor's Liberia to abject poverty and self-exile on a Greek island, where she must grapple with a haunted past and find a way back into human society.
After his ill-fated pursuit of the American dream, Bob Dubois finds employment on a fishing boat off the Florida Keys where he becomes involved in a plot to smuggle two Haitians into Florida.
A mother must make a choice between her husband and her son.
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all: she's an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as ordinary and spotless as her home. But a letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia, or each other, but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband's secret.
In 1959 Paris, a CIA agent mystified by Parisian girls, a beautiful young witch, a police detective turned into a flea while investigating a murder, and a fun-loving American in way over his head find their paths crossing in unusual ways.
A young woman leaves her comfortable North Carolina home to teach school in the poverty-stricken Smoky Mountains. Upon her arrival at Cutter Gap, Tennessee, Christy is stunned by the destitution and ignorance of the mountain people and overwhelmed at her task of teaching 67 children.
After a successful thirty-year career as a novelist, terminally ill Jimmy returns to his hometown in Wyoming and reconnects with three former bandmates from his high-school years.
Investment banker Geri Molloy is shaken from a breakup-related malaise by an eccentric hedge fund manager in Hong Kong who embroils Geri in a high-stakes takeover that places her future at risk.
The characters' lives are linked to each other by acts of generosity or cruelty. A daughter in early 20th century Chicago; a hobo during the Great Depression; an office girl in 1950s Manhattan; the young man reveling in 1960s San Francisco, then later tends to dying friends as the AIDS pandemic hits; as the new century opens, a man who has lost his way finds a measure of peace in a photograph he discovers in an old box-an image of pure and simple joy that unites the themes of this work.
"Ralph Simon is once again whisked-off to work in conjunction with the agency and occupation he's detested for over thirty-years. This time it's to aid a friend in need and to help the man who's taken his place within the agency in battling the mighty drug cartels from Columbia to Mexico, not to mention every American crime family involved with distribution of their illegal and dangerous products; starting with the ever-popular drug, Mexican Ice. In doing so, Ralph develops a rekindled sense of patriotism and angers the woman of his dreams, as well as the cartels, creating contention at home and threats on both their lives. Disgruntled players enmeshed with the cartels have kidnapped the lovely environmentalist geochemist Dr. Samantha Boyer upon discovering Ralph s involvement to curtail their smuggling operations. Can he complete the mission and rescue the woman he loves more than life itself before total disaster strikes home, country and the emanate death of Sam herself?"--From publisher description.
"Bounty hunter and lycanthrope Cedar Hunt vowed to track down all seven pieces of the Holder--a strange device capable of deadly destruction. And, accompanied by witch Mae Lindson and the capricious Madder brothers, he sets out to do just that. But the crew is forced to take refuge in the frontier town of Des Moines, Iowa, when a glacial storm stops them in their tracks. The town, under mayor Killian Vosbrough, is ruled with an iron fist--and plagued by the steely Strange, creatures that pour through the streets like the unshuttered wind. But Cedar soon learns that Vosbrough is mining cold copper for the cataclysmic generators he's manufacturing deep beneath Des Moines, bringing the search for the Holder to a halt. Chipping through ice, snow, and bone-chilling bewitchment to expose a dangerous plot, Cedar must stop Vosbrough and his scheme to rule the land and sky..."-- Provided by publisher.
"Life hasn't always been perfect for Abe and Cassandra Green, but an afternoon on the San Francisco Bay might be as good as it gets. Abe is a rheumatologist, piloting his coveted new boat. Cassandra is a sculptor, finally gaining modest attenion for her art. Their beautiful daughter, Elizabeth, is heading to Harvard in the fall. Somehow, they've made things work. But then, out of nowhere they plunge into a terrible fight. Cassandra has been unfaithful. In a fit of fury, Abe throws himself off the boat..."--Jacket.
Lou Arrendale, a functioning autistic adult, is offered experimental treatments that may reverse his autism. If the treatment is successful, would he still be himself?
"Meet Charlie. People think he's crazy. But he's not. People think he's stupid. But he's not. People think he's innocent-- He's the Gamal. Charlie has a story to tell, about his best friends Sinéad and James and the bad things that happened. But he can't tell it yet, at least not till he's worked out where the beginning is. Because in the beginning long ago when Sinéad first spoke up for him after Charlie got in trouble at school for the millionth time? Or was it later, when Sinéad and James followed the music and found each other? Or was it later still on that terrible night when something unspeakable happened after closing time and someone chose to turn a blind eye? Charlie has promised Dr. Quinn he'll write 1,000 words a day, but it's hard to know which words to write. And which secrets to tell. This is the story of the dark heart of an Irish village, of how daring to be different can be dangerous and how there is nothing a person will not do for love"--From publisher description.
'The Weight of a Human Heart' turns the rules of storytelling on their head. A series of graphs illustrates the disintegration of a marriage, step by excruciating step. A literary feud, and an affair, play out in the book review section of a national newspaper. A young girl learns her mother's disturbing secrets.
Like everyone else in the Panopticon, 15-year-old Anais Hendricks has been in and out of foster care practically since birth. "[B]orn in a nuthouse to nobody that was ever seen again," she had her only successful foster placement with a prostitute later stabbed to death (Anais found the body). She's been sent to this facility, where the inmates are under constant surveillance, because she had a bad history with a policewoman who has been bludgeoned into a coma, and Anais--almost permanently whacked on whatever drug she can lay her hands on--can't explain why she has blood on her skirt. Amid the institution's crescent-shaped buildings and all-seeing watchtower, Anais befriends a group of ragtag ruffians and delves into her past, endlessly stoned and concerned she's being watched by an entity she calls "the experiment.".
All My Friends delivers five stories that probe the boundaries between individuals to mediate on how well we really know anybody, including ourselves. The collection opens with the fraught love story of a man who has fallen for his housekeeper, his student of many years ago. Losing his grip as he feels his own family turning against him, he plots romance between the housekeeper and an old friend, whom he thinks is perfect for her. Later NDiaye gives us the harsh tale of a young boy longing to escape his life of poverty by becoming a sex slave, just like the beautiful young man that lived next door. And when a woman takes her mentally challenged son on a bus ride to the city, they both know that she'll return, but he won't.
"Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City, come hell or high water"--From publisher description.
Doling out advice in his Ask Dr. Bob column, Dr. Robert Heller, one of New York City's leading veterinarians who understands animals a lot better than people, believes that he has finally figured out what it takes to thrive in the human world until tragedy strikes.