The Book of RuthHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Her small-town characters are as appealingly offbeat and brushed with grace as any found in Alice Hoffman’s or Anne Tyler’s novels. Glamour . As ruth navigates her lonely life, she strives to find happiness and pleasure where she can, but the world may conspire to defeat her. From the new york times–bestselling author of the excellent lombards and A Map of the World, this is “an extraordinary story of a family’s disintegration that will be compared to Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres” People.
Pen/hemingway award winner: an “enthralling” novel of a woman trapped within a tragically dysfunctional family Entertainment Weekly. A sly and wistful, if harrowing, human comedy . . . An original voice in fiction and one well worth listening to. The boston sunday globe “unforgettably, Hamilton maps the best and worst of the human heart and all the mysterious, beat by beat, uncharted country in between.
The Book of Ruth #ad - Kirkus reviews “Hamilton’s story builds to a shocking crescendo. It follows ruth grey, a young woman in a tiny illinois farm town, who has lost her father to World War II, and constantly faces her unhappy mother’s wrath—when she isn’t being ignored in favor of her math-prodigy brother.
The Excellent LombardsGrand Central Publishing #ad - But she cannot help being haunted by the historical fact that some family members end up staying on the farm and others must leave. It is magnificent. Ann patchett, observant, new york times bestselling author of Commonwealth "Everything you could ask for in a coming-of-age novel-- funny, insightful, saturated with hope and melancholy.
Tom perotta, author of little Children and The Leftovers"Tender, eccentric, wickedly funny and sage. Gives full voice to Jane Hamilton's storytelling gifts. Nancy horan, author of loving frank and under the wide and Starry SkyMary Frances "Frankie" Lombard is fiercely in love with her family's sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it.
The Excellent Lombards #ad - Change is inevitable, and threats of urbanization, disinheritance, and college applications shake the foundation of Frankie's roots. Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, competing with her brainy cousin Amanda, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed.
This is the book Jane Hamilton was born to write. A new classic from the author of Oprah's Book Club picks A Map of the World and The Book of Ruth.
The Falls: A Novel P.S.HarperCollins e-books #ad - It is 1950 and, after a disastrous honeymoon night, Ariah Erskine's young husband throws himself into the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. What follows is a passionate love affair, marriage, and family -- a seemingly perfect existence. At her side is confirmed bachelor and pillar of the community Dirk Burnaby, who is unexpectedly drawn to her.
But tragedy soon takes over their lives, poisoning their halcyon years with distrust, greed, and murder. Set against the mythic-historic backdrop of niagara Falls in the mid-twentieth century, this haunting exploration of the American family in crisis is a stunning achievement from "one of the great artistic forces of our time" The Nation.
The Falls: A Novel P.S. #ad - This P. S. Ariah, "the widow bride of the falls, " begins a relentless seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found. Edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, recommended reading, including author interviews, and more.
Vinegar Hill P.S.HarperCollins e-books #ad - Dutifully accompanying her newly unemployed husband, ellen has brought her two children into the home of her in-laws on Vinegar Hill--a loveless house suffused with the settling dust of bitterness and routine--where calculated cruelty is a way of life preserved and perpetuated in the service of a rigid, exacting and angry God.
. It is 1972 when circumstance carries Ellen Grier and her family back to Holly's Field, Wisconsin. And here ellen must find the straight to endure, change, and grow in the all-pervading darkness that threatens to destroy everything she is and everyone she loves. Behind a facade of false piety, there are sins and secrets in this place that could crush a vibrant young woman's passionate spirit.
Vinegar Hill P.S. #ad - In a stark, troubling, yet ultimately triumphant celebration of self-determination, award-winning author A. Manette ansay re-creates a stifling world of guilty and pain, and the tormented souls who inhabit it.
The Art of Mending: A NovelRandom House #ad - Yet this year’s gathering will prove to be much more trying than either she or her siblings imagined. Forever wrapped up in events of long ago, Caroline is the family’s restless black sheep. As soon as she arrives, Laura realizes that something is not right with her sister. When caroline confronts laura and their brother, Steve, with devastating allegations about their mother, the three have a difficult time reconciling their varying experiences in the same house.
In the art of mending, as she explores how even the largest sins can be forgiven by the smallest gestures, she confronts some of the deepest mysteries of life, her most profound and emotionally satisfying novel to date, and how grace can come to many through the trials of one. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Elizabeth Berg's Once Upon a Time, There Was You.
The Art of Mending: A Novel #ad - But a sudden misfortune will lead them all to face the past, their own culpability, and their common need for love and forgiveness. Readers have come to love elizabeth berg for the “lucent beauty of her prose, the verity of her insights, and the tenderness of her regard for her fellow human” Booklist.
National bestseller • revelations about a seemingly ordinary mother force her adult children to reexamine their lives in this “absorbing novel about family secrets” The Dallas Morning News. Laura bartone anticipates her annual family reunion in Minnesota with a mixture of excitement and wariness.
Ruby: A Novel Oprahs Book Club 2.0Hogarth #ad - Utterly transfixing, and breathtaking, with unforgettable characters, luminous prose, riveting suspense, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man’s dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love. Ruby was a finalist for the pen america robert bingham Debut Novel Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and an Indie Next Pick.
With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town’s dark past. This beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction. Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage.
Ruby: A Novel Oprahs Book Club 2.0 #ad - This wondrous page-turner rushes through the red dust and gossip of main Street, yolk by yolk, where a cake is being made, to the pit fire where men swill bootleg outside Bloom’s Juke, to Celia Jennings’s kitchen, that Ephram will use to try to begin again with Ruby. Young ruby bell, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at, so as soon as she can, ” has suffered beyond imagining, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York.
Meanwhile, ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. Ephram jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town.
A new york times bestseller and Oprah Book Club 2.
The Map of Love: A NovelAnchor #ad - Shadowing her romance is the courtship of her great-grandparents Anna and Sharif nearly one hundred years before. She soon found herself enraptured by the real Egypt and in love with Sharif Pasha al-Baroudi, an Egyptian nationalist. Isabel parkman, a divorced American journalist, has fallen in love with a gifted and difficult Egyptian-American conductor.
Combining the romance and intricate narrative of a nineteenth-century novel with a very modern sense of culture and politics—both sexual and international—Ahdaf Soueif has created a thoroughly seductive and mesmerizing tale. In 1900 the recently widows anna Winterbourne left England for Egypt, an outpost of the Empire roiling with political sentiment.
The Map of Love: A Novel #ad - Booker prize finalist here is an extraordinary cross-cultural love story that unfurls across Egypt, England, and the United States over the course of a century. When isabel, the story of her great-grandparents unravels before her, in an attempt to discover the truth behind her heritage, reenacts Anna’s excursion to Egypt, revealing startling parallels for her own life.
Disobedience: A NovelAnchor #ad - Winner of the 1989 pen/hemingway foundation award for best first novel, this exquisite book confronts real-life issues of alienation and violence from which the author creates a stunning testament to the human capacity for mercy, compassion and love.
The Stone Diaries: Penguin Classics Deluxe EditionPenguin Classics #ad - Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. What transforms this seemingly ordinary tale is the richness of Daisy's vividly described inner life--from her earliest memories of her adoptive mother to her awareness of impending death.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. In celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of its original publication, Carol Shields's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is now available in a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition One of the most successful and acclaimed novels of our time, this fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett is a subtle but affecting portrait of an everywoman reflecting on an unconventional life.
The Stone Diaries: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition #ad - With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.
With Shuddering Fall: A NovelEcco #ad - The result is an unsentimental yet sympathetic rendering of a disastrous love affair in which hatred is nearly as powerful as love, and a yearning for destruction is an abiding and insatiable passion. Discover what prompted the new york times to compare this young writer’s debut to Shirley Jackson’s famous short story, “The Lottery.
Readers looking for a place to start in joyce carol Oates’s vast catalogue will be intrigued by the sheer narrative force of the young author, and her willingness to anatomize the darkest recesses of humanity in a search for redemption and resolution. The first novel from new york times-bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, revenge, a thrilling, dark tale of family, and two souls intertwined by love and violence—now back in print for fans of America’s most prolific storyteller.
With Shuddering Fall: A Novel #ad - Written when joyce carol oates was in her early twenties, and first published in 1964, With Shuddering Fall is her powerful debut novel, the first of five new Oates reprints from Ecco. Following the turbulent story of two lovers who discover themselves mortal enemies, the author explores the struggle for dominance in erotic relationships that has become a predominant theme in her work, as well as the perils of patriarchal inheritance, and the ripple-effects of emotional loss in adolescence.