Jeanette Winterson tells the story of how a painful past, which she thought she had overcome, rose to haunt her later in life, sending her on a maddening search for her biological mother. Through her story, Winterson also shows how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life raft that supports us when we are sinking.
Mark Haddon peers inside the messy dynamics of a group of relatives, each grappling with their own fears and trying to make sense of themselves as a family, all while stuck in a vacation house in the remote English countryside. The Red House braids together themes of sexual identity, parental insecurity and sibling rivalry.
Grieving for her werewolf lover, Talulla Demetriou is pregnant and popularly believed to be the last surviving werewolf. She flees to a remote Alaskan lodge to have her child in secret and avoid capture by the deadly forces — including, rumor has it, the oldest living vampire on Earth — that are after her.
Nizam, a disabled Pashtun woman, pushes her cart toward an American military base where she seeks permission to bury her brother, Yusuf. But the base's tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil when soldiers begin arguing about how to respond to her request. The Watch transposes Sophocles' Antigone to barren, present-day Kandahar.