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The Mars Room

Author:

Rachel Kushner

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Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition; the Mars Room strip club, where she once gave lap dances for a living; and her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy's estranged mother. Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive, amid the deadpan absurdities of institutional living. Romy sees the future stretch out ahead of her in a long unwavering line - until news from outside brings a ferocious urgency to her existence, challenging her to escape her own destiny...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444840896

Published:

01-05-2019

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The Translation Of Love

Author:

Lynne Kutsukake

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1946: Thirteen-year-old Aya Shimamura is released from a Canadian internment camp and repatriated with her father to Tokyo, now occupied by the Americans. Aya's status at school as the 'repat girl' makes her a social pariah, until her seatmate - a fierce, willful girl named Fumi Tanaka - decides that Aya might be able to help her find her missing older sister, who has disappeared into the seedy back alleys of the Ginza. Having heard that General MacArthur sometimes assists Japanese citizens in need, Fumi enlists Aya to compose a letter in English asking him for help. Corporal Matt Matsumoto, a Japanese-American working for the Occupation forces, is entrusted with the safe delivery of Fumi's letter; but Fumi, desperate for answers, takes matters into her own hands, venturing into the Ginza with Aya in tow...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444835748

Published:

01-02-2018

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At First Light

Author:

Vanessa Lafaye

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1993, Key West, Florida: When a Ku Klux Klan official is shot in broad daylight, all eyes turn to the person holding the gun - a ninety-six-year-old Cuban woman who will say nothing except to admit her guilt. 1919: Mixed-race Alicia Cortez arrives in Key West exiled in disgrace from her family in Havana. At the same time, damaged war hero John Morales returns home on the last US troop ship from Europe. As love draws them closer in this time of racial segregation, people are watching - including Dwayne Campbell, poised on the brink of manhood, struggling to do what's right. And then the Ku Klux Klan comes to town...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444836103

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01-03-2018

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Summertime

Author:

Vanessa Lafaye

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Florida, 1935: In the small segregated town of Heron Key, where the relationships are as tangled as the mangrove roots in the swamp, everyone is preparing for the Fourth of July barbecue - unaware that their world is about to change for ever. Missy, maid to the Kincaid family, feels she has wasted her life pining for Henry, a black veteran who has returned from the battlefields of France along with a group of other desperate, destitute ex-soldiers: unsure of his future; ashamed of his past... When a white woman is found beaten nearly to death, suspicion falls on Henry. And as the tensions rise, the barometer starts to plummet - far out over the Atlantic, the greatest storm ever to strike North America is heading their way...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444829259

Published:

01-08-2016

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The Lowland

Author:

Jhumpa Lahiri

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In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk, and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his older brother Subhash's sight. So close in age, they were inseparable in childhood - and yet, as the years pass, their brotherly bond can do nothing to forestall the tragedy that will upend their lives. Udayan - charismatic and impulsive - finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty. He will give everything - risk all - for what he believes, and in so doing will transform the futures of those dearest to him. For all of them, the repercussions of his actions will reverberate and seep through the generations that follow.

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ISBN:

9781444819847

Published:

01-06-2014

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I'll Take You There

Author:

Wally Lamb

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Every Monday evening, Felix Funicello sets up a new film at an old vaudeville theatre for his weekly movie club. One night, as the sixty-year-old scholar prepares the projectionist booth, he is confronted by an unanticipated guest: the ghost of Lois Weber. Once a trailblazing motion picture director from Hollywood's silent film era, Lois invites Felix to sit back and watch a new feature on the big screen - scenes from Felix's life. Although unnerved by these ethereal apparitions, Felix comes to look forward to his encounters with Lois. And as these magical movies play before him, he begins to reflect on the unforgettable women who have profoundly affected his life...

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ISBN:

9781444835885

Published:

01-02-2018

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Black Lake

Author:

Johanna Lane

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For generations, the Campbells have lived happily at Dulough, an idyllic, rambling estate on the windswept coast of Ireland. But upkeep has drained the family coffers. Faced with the heartbreaking possibility of having to sell, John Campbell makes a very difficult decision: to keep Dulough, he will turn the estate into a tourist attraction. He and his wife, daughter and son will move from the luxury of the big house to a small, damp caretaker's cottage. The upheaval strains the already tenuous threads that bind the family; and when a tragic accident befalls them, long-simmering resentments and unanswered yearnings are forced to the surface...

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ISBN:

9781444827606

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01-03-2016

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Diary Of The Fall

Author:

Michel Laub

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A man examines the mistakes of his past, struggling for forgiveness; haunted by the childhood prank that went horribly wrong. His father has started a memoir, obsessed with recording every recollection he can before he loses them to Alzheimer's. And his grandfather, a survivor of Auschwitz, fills notebook after notebook with the false memories of someone desperate to forget...

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ISBN:

9781444826159

Published:

01-11-2015

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The Road To Reckoning

Author:

Robert Lautner

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New York, 1837: Still only twelve years old, Tom Walker cannot believe his luck when his father allows him to accompany him on the road, selling Samuel Colt's newly invented revolver. Tom is convinced that he is now a man - and Fate, it seems, thinks so too... On the way west, a devastating encounter cuts their journey tragically short and leaves Tom all alone in the wilderness. Struggling to see a way home, he finds his only hope: aging ranger Henry Stands, who is heading back east. Tom's resolve to survive initiates an unlikely partnership that will be tested by the dangers of the road ahead, where outlaws prowl...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444821673

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01-11-2014

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The Flower Book

Author:

Catherine Law

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Aster's father Jack, is reported missing presumed killed from the trenches of Flanders. Soon after, her mother Violet, dashing up to London on receiving an urgent telegram, is killed in a tragic accident. The only thing Aster has to remember her mother by is her Flower Book, a journal of pressed flowers that charts Violet's life and dreams - and keeps all her secrets. On her 21st birthday, Aster receives devastating news that turns everything she believes about herself upside down. Will Aster finally discover what really happened to Violet and Jack? Will the Flower Book reveal the truth at last?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750537810

Published:

01-01-2014

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The Sea Garden

Author:

Deborah Lawrenson

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Present Day, On the Mediterranean island of Porquerolles off the French coast, landscape designer Ellie Brooke has accepted a commission to restore an abandoned garden. The fine house and surrounding estate overlook the glittering sea but the longer Ellie spends there, the more she senses darkness. WWII, Two very different women have their lives irrevocably changed: Iris, a junior intelligence officer in London, and Marthe, a blind girl who left her farmstead to work in the lavender fields who is being drawn into the heart of a Resistance cell operating in Nazi-occupied Provence. As secret messages are passed and planes land by moonlight, danger comes ever closer...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750541213

Published:

01-08-2015

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The Moon Around Sarah

Author:

Paul Lederer

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Born with the ability to speak, but not the inclination, Sarah lives in silence. She is surrounded by the noise of her bickering family, who are gathered to discuss the selling of the family homestead. There is no room for sentiment and a young, selectively mute girl is not a burden any of them wants to shoulder. Escaping from this madness, she befriends a young man who finds her silence eloquent. If they are to understand each other, and escape the shadow of her family, they must learn a deeper form of communication.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822939

Published:

01-02-2015

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