Spending her father's vacations at an Iron Age reenactment anthropology field site that requires participants to use period tools and knowledge to survive, Silvie begins to envision her own future before a spiritual ritual involving human sacrifice raises disturbing questions.
Raised on an isolated island where they are ritualistically taught to fear men, three sisters engage in a psychologically and sexually charged game of cat-and-mouse with three strangers who wash ashore during a blistering summer week. A first novel.
Jack's quest to find answers for those who are haunted by the past leads him deeper into the shadows. The more cases Jack solves, the closer he slips into the darkness. His only solace is Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist. After particularly grisly cases, Winter can lead Jack back to peace. But as long as bad guy Quinton Zane is alive, Jack will not be at peace for long.
A Chinese teenager watches in amazement as all his neighbors, instead of preparing for bed, walk around in a dream state acting out the desires they've suppressed while they were awake, and vows to save his village before sunrise.
Becoming a governess to escape her family, Abigail Linton encounters the man who betrayed her years earlier — the Duke of Rothwell — and discovers that a misunderstanding has kept them separated all these years but could bring them back together again.
Nashville songwriter Louie Francis is ready for another life and she's going to make it happen. Record company employee Heather King dreams of starting her own label. When they meet at the Bluebird Café, sparks fly. But Heather knows what being an out lesbian in Nashville would do to her career — and Louie isn't willing to be anything other than exactly who she is. Thrust together to work with country royalty, they must figure out how to be Music City dreamers without losing themselves and, ultimately, each other.
A first English-language collection of stories by the Man Booker International Prize-finalist author of Fever Dream incorporates themes of high suspense, psychological tension, unearthly restlessness and distortions in reality.
Amsterdam has the amenities and, to a certain extent, the feel of a major world city, but one of its most attractive features is its relatively small size. Crime is low, and it's easy to get around by bike or canal.
Like any other metropolis, though, Amsterdam also has its dark side, its shadowy corners — in other words, there is also an Amsterdam noir
In 1989, Jodi McCarty is 17 years old when she's sentenced to life in prison. When she's released 18 years later, she finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom but determined to chart a better course for herself. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian Mountains, she heads south in search of someone she left behind, as a way of finally making amends.
The eldest of three sisters in a land where being the eldest is considered a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice — until a witch turns her into an old woman, and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
This is the way the world ends for the last time ...
A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it's not exactly a surprise when he's kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours. But his one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape — barely — but they're also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.
A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris. In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the '80s and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.
Contemporary and darkly humorous stories push boundaries and illuminate the simmering tensions and precariousness of black citizenship and concept of black identity in a post-racial era.
When a magical fairy emerges from an heirloom ornament that young Jack accidentally breaks in his enthusiasm for staging the best Christmas ever, she is able to conjure all the trappings of Christmas on a grand scale — but she can't fix the broken ornament that's so precious to Jack's mother.
In a powerful debut novel about motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman makes her way to California and stakes a claim to the American dream. Holed up with other moms-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory job and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she's carrying his baby.
In a debut collection of nine expansive, searching stories, the author reflects on the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them in a world shaped by race, gender and class—and where lucky may be the greatest lie of all.
When a custody battle divides her placid town, straitlaced family woman Elena Richardson finds herself pitted against her enigmatic tenant and becomes obsessed with exposing her past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both families.
Broadway hotshot Nik Kovalenko is a confirmed bachelor.
Ballroom champion Jess Davenport is a bona fide Scrooge.
Last year, they shared a midnight kiss at a New Year's Eve party that made both of them believe — briefly — in the magic of the holiday season. The magic was cut short when Nik went on tour the next day, but he never stopped thinking about that kiss — or Jess.