In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces. While taking refuge at the local hospital, he helps treats wounded rebels and refugees, all the while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
Paris: A Novel is an epic saga starring "La Ville Lumiere." It begins in Roman times, then sweeps along from the building of Notre Dame to the Hundred Years War, the glories of Versailles, the Revolution, the Belle Epoque, the remarkable Twenties, and, finally, World War II.
A return to the characters of To Kill a Mockingbird twenty years later. Scout returns home to Maycomb to visit her father and struggles with personal and political issues as her small Alabama town adjusts to the turbulent events beginning to transform the United States in the mid-1950s.
Two half-brothers and one love interest results in a love triangle more complicated than mere jealousy. A terrible secret threatens to surface and shatter the peaceful ivy-league campus life at Abbots Boarding School.
A novel about the friendship between the pre-movie star Louise Brooks and the 36 year old married chaperone who accompanies her to New York City the summer of 1922, and how their lives are changed by it.
The first book in the best-selling Danish series introduces Copenhagen based Red Cross nurse Nina Borg. Her desire to help others leads her to retrieve a suitcase from a train station, only to find a small boy, naked, drugged, and alive inside.
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Eastern Oklahoma, 1928. Eighteen-year-old Maud Nail lives with her rogue father and sensitive brother on one of the allotments parceled out by the U.S. government to the Cherokees when their land was confiscated for Oklahoma's statehood. Her prospects for a better life are slim, but when a newcomer with good looks and books rides down her section line, she takes notice.
Cahalan pieces together the month she descended into violent and psychotic episodes of which she has no memory. She was saved at the last minute by the diagnosis of a newly discovered autoimmune disease doctors now think explain reports of demonic possession throughout history.
A three generation saga set in the Virgin Islands just as Danish rule is transitioning to American. Orphaned by a shipwreck, two sisters and their half-brother navigate survival, each with the help of magical gift.
In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. In a story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.
Grieving the loss of her lover, Swinburne museum curator Catherine Gehrig is given a special project--bring back to life an automaton whose original owner, 19th century Englishman Henry Brandling, was also confronted with the mystery of life and death.
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.
Steeped in history, rich in insight, and filled with moments of sudden beauty, Frazier’s novel is the story of one man’s relentless life lived in the south, the Cherokee Nation, the political chambers of early Washington D.C., and of his singular love for the woman he lost.
Meet the Meisenheimer family, new to America and eager to fit in. Fresh observations, including those of the offbeat characters in their little Missouri town, offer an outsider’s insight into the experience of becoming an American.
The story of Alma Whittaker, who--born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution--bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas.
In rural India, where only sons matter, a young woman saves her daughter's life by placing her in an orphanage. Gowda’s touching story interweaves the life of the American doctor who adopts the baby girl, and the Indian mother who gave her up.
In the wake of September 11, a Pakistani immigrant finds his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his relationship with an American eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past. His own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.
Booker Prize winning author Lively presents a tale of the mugging of a retired schoolteacher on a London street with unexpected repercussions for her friends and neighbors. The chance encounter inadvertently reveals an illicit love affair, leads to a business partnership, and helps an immigrant to reinvent his life.
An apocalyptic tale of a movie star who's decided to pound the boards as King Lear. During a show, he suddenly collapses and dies mid-performance, and shortly thereafter civilization collapses and starts dying as well.
Recruited into MI5 against a backdrop of the Cold War in 1972, Cambridge student Serena Frome, a compulsive reader, is assigned to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer whose politics align with those of the government, a situation that is compromised when she falls in love with him.
Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, young physician Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for "the deathless man," a vagabond who claimed to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man would go on such a far-fetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tiger's wife.
Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics, that will ultimately tear them apart.
Two families meet by chance at the Baltimore airport awaiting their adopted babies from Korea – the Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, an Iranian-American couple. Values and traditions for both couples are tested as the families become intertwined.
Marina Singh, who's given up her medical practice for the relative quiet of pharmaceutical research, finds her world upturned when she's suddenly sent to the Amazon. A field team there, working on a new drug, has been unresponsive for two years, and Marina's colleague Anders, who has gone to investigate, is reported dead.
When Lee Lien returns home with her doctorate but no job, she starts looking for her vanished brother by investigating something he left behind: a gold-leaf brooch reputedly belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder in turn left behind in 1965 Saigon by an American reporter.
A tale reminiscent of "Hamlet" that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father's death.
Gorokhova moves to the US in her twenties to join her American husband and to break away from her mother, a mirror image of her Soviet Motherland: overbearing, protective, and difficult to leave. Before the birth of Elena’s daughter, her mother comes to help care for the baby and stays for twenty-four years, ordering everyone to eat soup and wear a hat, just as she did in Leningrad.
Set against the backdrop of high British society in 1950’s Hong Kong, a young bride is swept up in an affair with a man whose story begins in 1941 with the invasion of the Japanese during WWII. As their affair is revealed, so are secrets of the past.
This epic tale of loyalty and betrayal spans the lives of two friends from the riot-torn West Berlin of the 1960’s, to the grimy looking-glass of Cold War Europe, and to the present day of terrorism and new alliances.
Ghetto geek Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien. But his family labors under a fukú, the type of curse unleashed when Europeans arrived on Hispaniola that delivers prison, tragic accidents, and, worst of all, bad luck in love. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Literature.
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, but pilot Lt. Louis Zamperini survived to be captured by the Japanese. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.
The extraordinary true story of Deo, a young man who arrives in America from Burundi after surviving a civil war and genocide, he ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park, and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores until he begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school, and a life devoted to healing.