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Behind the Scenes at the Museum
From the moment Ruby Lennox announces her own conception with the shout, I exist!-- an event she attributes to the five pints of bitter her father drank--it is clear she won't leave anything out of the account of her Yorkshire family. She describes her great-grandmother's affair with a French photographer, her mother's dashed dreams of Hollywood glamor and her sister's unsuccessful attempt to upstage the queen of England.
Adult Fiction Book ATKINSON
Bradford, Barbara Taylor|
A Woman of Substance
Emma Harte, an enormously wealthy and powerful self-made woman, learns that her four children are plotting to sell the business that she founded, which leads her to summon everyone to her Yorkshire estate for a showdown. There are five sequels including Hold the Dream and To Be the Best.
Adult Fiction Book BRADFORD
Buck, Pearl S.|
The Good Earth
This great modern classic depicts life in China at a time before the vast political and social upheavals transformed an essentially agrarian country into a world power. Nobel Prize-winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life -- its terrors, its passions, its ambitions, and rewards.
Adult Fiction Book BUCK
Spanning eight decades--and one unusually awkward adolescence-- Jeffrey Eugenides's second novel is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire.
Adult Fiction Book EUGENID
The Family Orchard
From 1838 to the present day, this multigenerational debut novel chronicles nearly two hundred years in the lives of a family of immigrants in Jerusalem, capturing the love affairs, legends, family secrets, triumphs, and tragedies of six generations.
Adult Fiction Book EVE
As Ricky and Henna uneasily tolerate their loveless marriage of convenience, the way is paved for a future of double lives and complicit deception - an unspoken family tradition that is inherited by their daughter Shona, who elopes with her secret love to live above a subcontinental sweet shop in 1980s south London. But two decades later, with her own children grown, it is Shona who is forced to discover unpalatable truths about her loved ones, and come to terms with the lies which superficially hold the three generations of her family together...and which are really keeping them apart.
Adult Fiction Book FAROOKI
The protagonists are Stephen Wraysford, a British businessman, and Isabelle Azaire, a married Frenchwoman. They meet in 1910, she elopes with him, gives birth to his child, then remorse sends her back to her husband. But World War I will bring them together when he returns to France as an officer in the British army.
Adult Fiction Book FAULKS
Fall of Giants
This novel follows the fates of five interrelated families -- American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh -- as they move through the dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage. The first volume of a projected series called the Century Trilogy.
Adult Fiction Book FOLLETT
A Swedish writer chronicles more than a century in the lives of three extraordinary women against the background of the unforgiving Swedish countryside. At her mother's deathbed Anna becomes determined to learn more about both her mother Joanna, and her grandmother, Hanna, and looks through old diaries, letters, and photographs.
Adult Fiction Book FREDRIKSSON
Dreaming of a better life for herself, Lydia, an Irish-American shopgirl from South Boston, gets her chance when she marries medical student Henry Wickett, the scion of a Boston Brahmin family, but her life is turned upside down when Henry quits medical school to promote a patent medicine and the world is swept by the devastating Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918.
Adult Fiction Book GOLDBERG
Graver, Elizabeth, 1964-|
The End of the Point
Returning to Ashuant Point to escape from the chaos of rapidly changing times, Helen Porter and her son Charlie soon discover that the Point has not remained unscathed from events unfolding beyond its borders.
Adult Fiction Book GRAVER
An Italian Wife
In turn-of-the-century Italy, fourteen-year-old Josephine is forced into an arranged marriage to a man she doesn't know or love who is about to depart for America, where she later joins him. Bound by tradition, Josephine gives birth to seven children. The last, Valentina, is conceived in passion, born in secret, and given up for adoption. Josephine spends the rest of her life searching for her lost child, keeping her secret even as her other children go off to war, get married, and make their own mistakes.
Adult Fiction Book HOOD
And the Mountains Echoed
Presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another, and how choices resonate through subsequent generations. Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything.
Adult Fiction Book HOSSEINI
Kidd, Sue Monk.|
The Invention of Wings
The story follows Hetty 'Handful' Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. The Invention of Wings follows the next thirty-five years of their lives.
Adult Fiction Book KIDD
Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra pursue vastly different lives--Udayan in rebellion-torn Calcutta, Subhash in a quiet corner of America--until a shattering tragedy compels Subhash to return to India, where he endeavors to heal family wounds.
Adult Fiction Book LAHIRI
The Given Day
Focusing on the Boston Police Strike of 1919, the novel follows multiple characters through the years before the strike, setting the stage by portraying a country in the grip of a panic over all forms of labor strife from anarchist bomb-throwers to union agitators and then bringing the disparate cast together for the crippling strike itself. At the center of the story is Danny Coughlin, an Irish beat cop from a family of cops who becomes involved in the police union movement, but the strands of Lehane's brilliantly constructed and many-tentacled plot extend to all levels of society. Sharing center stage with Danny is Luther Lawrence, a young black man from Oklahoma who lands work in Boston as a servant in the Coughlin house, but swirling around Danny and Luther are other members of their families as well as such historical figures as Babe Ruth, about to be traded from Boston to New York, and Calvin Coolidge, out to prove his mettle by dealing forcefully with both anarchists and strikers. It is a robust plot, but it never becomes ungainly.
Adult Fiction Book LEHANE
An epic yet intimate family saga about three generations of all-American radicals. Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist and mercurial tyrant who terrorizes her neighborhood and her family with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her brilliant and willful daughter, Miriam, is equally passionate in her activism, but flees Rose's suffocating influence and embraces the Age of Aquarius counterculture of Greenwich Village. Both women cast spells that entrance or enchain the men in their lives. These flawed, idealistic people all struggle to follow their own utopian dreams in an America where radicalism is viewed with bemusement, hostility, or indifference. As the decades pass--from the parlor communism of the '30s, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, ragged '70s communes, the romanticization of the Sandinistas, up to the Occupy movement of the moment--we come to understand through Lethem's vivid storytelling that the personal may be political, but the political, even more so, is personal.
Adult Fiction Book LETHEM
A chance meeting in St. James Park begins young Lorna and Matt's intense relationship. Wholly in love, they leave London for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life together - Matt's woodcarving, Lorna's self-discovery, their new baby, Molly - is shattered with the arrival of World War II. In 1960s London, Molly happens upon a forgotten newspaper, a seemingly small moment that leads to her first job and, eventually, a pregnancy by a wealthy man. Thirty years later, Ruth, who has always considered her existence a peculiar accident, questions her own marriage and begins a journey that takes her back to 1941 and a redefinition of herself and of love.
Adult Fiction Book LIVELY
The Thorn Birds
Colleen McCullough's sweeping saga of dreams, struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian Outback has enthralled readers the world over. This is the chronicle of three generations of Clearys, ranchers carving lives from a beautiful, hard land while contending with the bitterness, frailty, and secrets that penetrate their family. Most of all, it is the story of only daughter Meggie and her lifelong relationship with the haunted priest Father Ralph de Bricassart -- an intense joining of two hearts and souls that dangerously oversteps sacred boundaries of ethics and dogma.
Adult Fiction Book MCCULLOUGH
The Forgotten Garden
A four-year-old girl is found abandoned on a dock in 1913 Australia. The portmaster and his wife take in the child and raise her as their own, now called Nell. After her adoptive father dies, leaving her a tiny trunk and a book of fairy tales, flashes of memory return to Nell, in particular that of the mysterious woman known to her as The Authoress. She returns to England to search for her true identity, but Nell's long quest is not completed until after her death.
Adult Fiction MORTON
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