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Gossip

Author:

Beth Gutcheon

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Loviah French owns a boutique dress shop in Manhattan. She has two best friends: Dinah, a columnist covering New York's wealthiest; and Avis, a prominent figure in the art world. Despite the deep affection they both feel for Loviah, Dinah and Avis have been allergic to one another since an incident decades earlier - an incident that has been remembered and resented. But when a marriage means that Dinah and Avis must set aside their differences, Loviah has to manage her two friends' secrets as wisely as she can. Which is not wisely enough, as things turn out - a fact that will have a shattering effect on all their lives...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444819632

Published:

01-05-2014

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The Gravity Of Birds

Author:

Tracy Guzeman

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Sisters Alice and Natalie were once close, but adolescence is wrenching them apart. Alice is a dreamer who loves books and birds; Natalie is headstrong, manipulative - and beautiful. On their lakeside family holiday, Alice falls under the thrall of a struggling young painter, Thomas Bayber. But Natalie seems unmoved, tolerating sittings for a family portrait with surprising indifference. By the end of the summer, three lives are shattered. Decades later, Thomas, now a world-renowned artist, reveals the existence of a portrait of himself with Alice and Natalie from that fateful summer. The sisters themselves have disappeared. And Thomas is torn between taking their secrets to the grave, or using the painting to resurrect the past before it closes up on all of them for good...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444819830

Published:

01-06-2014

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Homegoing

Author:

Yaa Gyasi

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In eighteenth-century Ghana, two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages. Effia is eventually married to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to her, Esi is imprisoned beneath in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and then shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. The consequences of the sisters' fates reverberate through the generations that follow. From the Gold Coast to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, this is the story of how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444834253

Published:

01-10-2017

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The Past

Author:

Tessa Hadley

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Three adult sisters and their brother meet up at their grandparents' old cottage during one long, hot summer. The house is in need of expensive renovation, and the siblings must decide whether to commit the funds or sell up. But under the idyllic surface, tensions are growing. Alice has brought with her Kasim, the twenty-year-old son of her ex-boyfriend - who makes plans to seduce the quiet Molly, Roland's sixteen-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, Fran's young children uncover an ugly secret in a ruined cottage in the woods. Passion erupts where it's least expected, blasting the self-possession of Harriet, the eldest sister. And Roland has come with his new (third) wife, whom his sisters don't like. A way of life - bourgeois, literate, ritualised, Anglican - winds down to its inevitable end: both a loss and a release...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785411724

Published:

01-04-2016

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The Past

Author:

Tessa Hadley

Synopsis:

Three adult sisters and their brother meet up at their grandparents' old cottage during one long, hot summer. The house is in need of expensive renovation, and the siblings must decide whether to commit the funds or sell up. But under the idyllic surface, tensions are growing. Alice has brought with her Kasim, the twenty-year-old son of her ex-boyfriend - who makes plans to seduce the quiet Molly, Roland's sixteen-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, Fran's young children uncover an ugly secret in a ruined cottage in the woods. Passion erupts where it's least expected, blasting the self-possession of Harriet, the eldest sister. And Roland has come with his new (third) wife, whom his sisters don't like. A way of life - bourgeois, literate, ritualised, Anglican - winds down to its inevitable end: both a loss and a release...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785411786

Published:

01-04-2017

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The Taste Of Apple Seeds

Author:

Katharina Hagena/Jamie Bulloch

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For Iris, childhood memories are of long, hot summers spent playing with her cousin Rosmarie in their grandmother's garden. When her grandmother dies, Iris inherits the property - along with her family's darkest secrets. Reluctant to keep it, but reluctant to sell, Iris spends one last summer at the house. In the flicker between remembrance and forgetting, she recalls an enigmatic grandfather who came back from war a different man; the night her cousin Rosmarie fell through the conservatory roof and shattered her family's lives; and a moment of love that made all the trees in the orchard bloom overnight...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444816419

Published:

01-08-2013

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Faith

Author:

Jennifer Haigh

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Spring, 2002. Sheila McGann has been estranged from her relatives for years, but has remained close to her older brother Art, the popular pastor of a large suburban parish just outside Boston. When Art finds himself at the centre of a sex scandal involving the city's priesthood, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation. What she discovers is more complicated than she imagined. Her strict, lace-curtain Irish mother is living in a state of angry denial. Sheila's younger brother, Mike, to her horror, has already convicted his brother in his heart. But most disturbing of all is Art himself, who persistently dodges Sheila's questions and refuses to defend himself.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444811193

Published:

01-06-2012

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Dot

Author:

Araminta Hall

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In a higgledy-piggledy house with turrets and tunnels towering over the sleepy Welsh village of Druith, two girls play hide-and-seek. They don't see the house's grandeur - the marmite-brown furniture no-one may sit on, or the secrets locked behind doors they cannot open: they just see lots of brilliant places to hide. Squeezed under her mother's bed, pulse racing with the thrill of a new hiding place, Dot sees something else: a long-forgotten photograph of a man, his hair blowing in the breeze. Dot stares so long at the image that it begins to disintegrate before her eyes, leaving her with just one thought: 'I think it's definitely him'... DOT is the story of one little girl and how her one small action changes the lives of those around her for ever.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444819120

Published:

01-04-2014

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A Heart Bent Out Of Shape

Author:

Emylia Hall

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Hadley Dunn arrives in Lausanne, a glamorous Swiss city on the shores of Lake Geneva, where she is to spend her second year at university living abroad. From the beginning, Lausanne is imbued with a boundless sense of freedom and promise. Here, Hadley meets Kristina, a beautiful but ill-fated Danish girl, and the two bond quickly, tripping through the city with abandon. But one November night, on Hadley's twentieth birthday, Kristina dies in a tragic accident. Grief-stricken and burdened with guilt, Hadley resolves to find her friend's mysteriously absent boyfriend, Jacques. So begins a search that will consume her, the city she loves and the lives of two very different men...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820225

Published:

01-07-2014

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The Book Of Summers

Author:

Emylia Hall

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Beth Lowe is given a package. It contains a letter informing her that her long-estranged mother has died...and something she's never seen before - her mother's scrapbook. The Book of Summers, stuffed with photographs and mementos, records the seven glorious childhood summers Beth spent in rural Hungary. Then, she trod the tightrope between separated parents and two very different countries; her bewitching but imperfect Hungarian mother and her gentle English father; the dazzling house of a Hungarian artist and an empty-feeling cottage in deepest Devon. It was a time which brutally ended the year Beth turned sixteen. Beth never again allowed herself to think about those childhood days. But The Book of Summers will bring the past tumbling back; as vivid, painful and vital as ever.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444814064

Published:

01-02-2013

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The Underside Of Joy

Author:

Sere Prince Halverson

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Up until now, Ella has counted herself as one of the luckiest women alive: she has a wonderful husband, two animated kids and an extended family who regard her as one of their own. Then the unthinkable happens and her soul mate, Joe, is killed in a tragic accident. She now clings to her children more than ever. But when Joe's ex-wife Paige, 'natural' mother to Annie and Zach, arrives at the funeral, Ella fears the worst. Pushed to the limits of love, Ella must decide who is, after all, the best mother for HER children.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444814460

Published:

01-03-2013

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The Girl In The Red Coat

Author:

Kate Hamer

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Eight-year-old Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children's festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, Carmel realises that this man believes she has a special gift - that she is potentially a saviour. While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel is sent on an extraordinary journey: one that will make her question who she is - and who she might become...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444827804

Published:

01-04-2016

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