A debut novel set around the creation of the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and the last days of Steinbeck's Cannery Row follows the 1940 arrival of 15-year-old artist Margot, who is seduced by the world of biologist Ed Ricketts while her father embarks on a controversial project.
A journey through Daniel Sullivan's many lives told in his voice and the voices of those who have made him the man he is: the American son and daughter he has not seen for many years; the family he has made with Claudette; and irrepressible, irreverent Claudette herself.
In 1917, dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett, on the sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama, ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons until their lives violently collide in dark and horrific ways with those of Ohio farmer Ellsworth Fiddler.
Working as woodcutters under a feudal lord in 17th-century New France, two impoverished young Frenchmen follow separate journeys, one of extraordinary hardship, the other of wealth and craftiness, that shape their families throughout three centuries.
Two half-sisters, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana and experience profoundly different lives. Homegoing follows generations of their descendants as they experience wealth, slavery, war, coal mining, the Great Migration and the realities of 20th-century Harlem.
A Depression-era Appalachian farm wife is branded as a witch by her fundamentalist husband when she bonds with a USDA agent who has traveled to the North Carolina mountains to instruct regional families on how to modernize their homes and farms.
Half a century after reluctantly painting a forgery of the only surviving work by a seventeenth-century female Dutch artist, Ellie Shipley curates an exhibit of women Dutch painters and risks exposure when both the original and her forgery arrive.
Sharing what she believes will be a last tryst with a longtime secret lover on the eve of his marriage, a woman reflects on the years they have spent together and her journey of self-discovery against a backdrop of 20th-century history. By the award-winning author of Waterland.
A historical tale inspired by the decades-long relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings details their first encounters in late-eighteenth-century Paris and the inconsistent values that shaped their affair.
Suffering at the hands of cruel family members and brutal school administrators, sensitive orphan Jane Steele murderously retaliates against her abusers and takes a job as a governess working with mysterious servants while falling in love with her employer, in a serial-killer reimagining of Jane Eyre.
A tale set in Europe between the first and second World Wars follows the coming-of-age of the son of a German father and Irish mother who pursues a complex love affair with the daughter of a German-Jewish baron as their world is overshadowed by Nazi forces.
A Shi'ite militiaman who has never received answers about the father who disappeared in Saddam Hussein's gulag years earlier participates in the dictator's execution in ways that profoundly change his life and reflect the politics and violence of America's war in Iraq.
Enjoying summertime weeks of freedom at a popular Jewish beach with their children, beautiful Ada thrives away from her strict husband, while chef Vivie develops diplomatic skills and unmarried Bec is forced to choose between family beliefs and her passion for a married man.
London, the Blitz, Autumn 1940. As the bombs fall on the blacked-out city, ambulance driver Elinor Brooke races from bomb sites to hospitals trying to save the lives of injured survivors, working alongside former friend Kit Neville, while her husband Paul Tarrant works as an air-raid warden. Once fellow students at the Slade School of Fine Art before World War I destroyed the hopes of their generation, they now find themselves caught in another war, this time at home.
A State Jewish Theater actor and war veteran's response to Moscow pogrom goons invading his home triggers a zany and deadly series of events as he assembles a ragtag team to help him try to assassinate Stalin.
An allegorical novel in three parts is set in the fictional High Mountains of seventeenth-century Portugal and beyond, where characters explore questions of loss and faith while on a quest, while tackling ghosts, and in the contemporary world.