Taking place in an exaggerated or heightened reality, a first stand-alone collection of the author's work features stories that capture the rage, despair and profound mournfulness that have taken up residence in the heart of the American dream.
It's a tale as old as time — nearly every culture tells the story of Beauty and the Beast in one fashion or another. From Cupid and Psyche to India's Snake Bride to South Africa's "Story of Five Heads," the partnering of beasts and beauties, of humans and animals in all their variety — cats, dogs, frogs, goats, lizards, bears, tortoises, monkeys, cranes, warthogs — has beguiled us for thousands of years, mapping the cultural contradictions that riddle every romantic relationship.
At the end of World War II, Marianne von Lingenfels offers shelter to two widows of fallen resistance fighters and their children in a formerly majestic Bavarian castle that was once host to German aristocrats.
Going undercover to infiltrate the seedy side of Chicago, first female Pinkerton detective Kate Warnes assumes a range of sophisticated identities to track down evildoers and bring them to justice. By the best-selling author of The Magician's Lie.
When humanity discovers the existence of an extra-dimensional field capable of transporting travelers to different worlds instantly, a galactic empire is threatened by a subsequent finding that the field is unstable and may be cutting travelers off.
The first woman president of an elite progressive college responds to student protests about a popular professor's tenure denial before the group's controversial leader emerges and shocking acts of vandalism begin to destabilize the campus.
A psychologist is unwittingly embroiled in two spectacular unsolved murders, three decades apart, when the foster brother convicted of killing their family years earlier is exonerated, making him question the testimony that led to the conviction.
Waitresses at the same tired bar in the Arkansas college town they've stuck around in too long, Ellie, Chole and Rachel, each embarking down a path of self-destructiveness, are nearly undone by boredom and the brewing tension between them as they try to solve the conundrum of being alive.
When his family's treasure, a small Rembrandt portrait of Christ that disappeared 70 years earlier, reappears in an auction house in London, the son of Cuban refugees hires a down-on-his-luck private detective and together they navigate a web of deception and violence in the morally complex city of Havana to find the truth.
When a New York City of the near future is submerged by rising waters, the residents rapidly adapt the thriving metropolis until it becomes a vibrant, though permanently changed, canal region of island skyscrapers and remarkable inhabitants.
Embarking on her freshman year at Harvard in 1995, Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, begins a correspondence with an older mathematics student from Hungary while struggling with her changing sense of self, first love, and a daunting career prospect.
A missing-persons tracker who specializes in reuniting families to make amends for a loss in her own past, Celine searches for a presumed-dead photographer in Yellowstone, only to be targeted by a shadowy figure who wants to keep the case unsolved.
Two ambitious young musicians are drawn into the dark underworld of blues-record collecting while navigating the fallout of a scam involving one's claim that a viral video of an unknown singer is a long-lost recording of a famous blues musician.
In Africa, when the colonial town of Essenwald falls into disarray after the timber workforce disappears into the Vorrh, a team of specialists—led by Ishamel, the former cyclops—discover that the forest has plans for them, while a child of mixed race with powers beyond her own understanding is found abandoned in a remote cottage.
The internationally best-selling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist presents the story of two young lovers whose furtive affair is shaped by local unrest on the eve of a civil war that erupts in a cataclysmic bombing attack, forcing them to abandon their previous home and lives.
Hiding the truth about her unhappiness and struggles with anxiety from everyone including her family, best friend, and therapist, Andrea Bern joins her loved ones in a reevaluation of family strength in the wake of her newborn niece's heartbreaking ailment.