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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 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
Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard
Fired from his job, the good-for-nothing Indian postal clerk, Sampath Chawla, 20, climbs a guava tree in search of contemplation and becomes a famous holy man. All of which proves his grandmother's point that the world is round and what goes downhill often emerges on top at the other end.
Adult Fiction Book DESAI
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
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
The decade following World War II becomes one of tragedy, excitement, and unexpected change for the five Novak children and the residents of their western Pennsylvania community of company houses, church festivals, and union squabbles.
Adult Fiction Book HAIGH
And the Mountains Echoed
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
An incisive portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life, in a debut novel that spans three decades, two continents, and two generations. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies.
Adult Fiction Book LAHIRI
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
Fall On Your Knees
The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives -- even destroy them. Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, this saga chronicles the lives of four sisters. Theirs is a world filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love.
Adult Fiction Book MACDONALD
In turn-of-the-twentieth-century southern India, Devi Nachimada falls in love with Machu, a daring tiger hunter, and in the process endangers her friendship with a motherless boy, Devanna, thus setting the stage for a devastating tragedy.
Adult Fiction Book
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
A Long Long Time Ago and Essentially True
In her warm-hearted debut, Pasulka reimagines half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one couple's profound love affair.
Adult Fiction Book PASULKA
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