NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of October 23, 2014New Zealand's 19th century gold rush serves as the backdrop to a series of unexplained events in Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries. It appears at No. 4.
After a woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage. Her husband is desperate to clear himself of suspicion and soon discovers that the truth about what happened is even more disturbing than murder.
Close to aging out of the foster care system, Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer takes a community service position helping an elderly woman named Vivian clean out her home. Molly discovers that she and Vivian are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.
The daughter of a curiosities museum's front man pursues a love affair with a Russian immigrant photographer who, after fleeing his Lower East Side Orthodox Jewish community, has captured poignant images of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love as students in Nigeria, when the country is under military rule and those with the means to leave the country do. Ifemelu goes to America to study and prospers there. But Obinze can't get into to America and winds up living in London under assumed names. When they're reunited in their homeland 15 years later, they face the toughest decisions of their lives.
A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife. He instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.
When wealthy Seth Hubbard hangs himself from a sycamore tree and leaves his fortune to his black maid, Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a controversial trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.
Abandoned by their artist mother at the age of 12, Bean and her older sister, Liz, are sent to live in the decaying antebellum mansion of their widowed uncle. There they learn the truth about their parents and take odd jobs to earn extra money before an increasingly withdrawn Liz has a life-shattering experience.
When otherworldly beings are set loose on the world, they threaten the life of a little boy. But the extraordinary Hempstock women — Lettie, her mother and her grandmother — summon all of their courage and cleverness to keep him alive. Soon they discover that his survival comes with a high and deadly price.
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