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  • Author:
    Whitty, Ethel
    Summary:

    The Light a Body Radiates Ethel Whitty Eileen MacPherson is a child of eight when her beloved sixteen-year-old brother, Francis, leaves home after a violent family episode. Over the next 25 years, everything she understands to be true changes but she never wavers in her yearning to understand the forces that have torn her family apart. The Light a Body Radiates tells the story of Eileen’s passionate search for explanations in whispered fragments of conversation she overhears whenever she can slip into a room unseen. She gathers a whole storehouse of truths and myths, including her own, that lead her to a deeper understanding of how people, who love each other deeply, can find it impossible to bridge the gulf dividing them. While navigating the uneven road that leads to becoming a woman, Eileen’s loyalty to family and home is pitted against her desire for love and art and a wider worldview. Along the way, she uncovers the cracks and crevices in her family’s well-defended hearts and minds. The discovery that Francis is gay is only one piece of a larger puzzle-and when, in the end, it is a devastating AIDS diagnosis that brings Francis home, Eileen learns how love can transcend the forces of poverty and culture and distance. Set in working class Cape Breton, against the backdrop of the 60s revolution, the AIDS epidemic of the 80s, and the “culturally imperative migration” that urged so many away from the places they called home, The Light a Body Radiates is a story that engages powerfully with questions of place, secrets, loyalty, and what it means to “take care of your own.”

  • Author:
    Harper, Karen
    Summary:

    This novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the Boleyns, one of England's most powerful families, through the eyes of the eldest daughter, Mary. This book tells Mary Boleyn's life story from when she was ten years old and sent to France to be among the Queen's Ladies to right after her sister and brother are beheaded for treason. After befriending the Queen, she is then torn away to serve the new Queen Claude.

  • Author:
    Harper, Karen
    Summary:

    Born into a first family of Ireland, with royal ties on both sides, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, known as Gera, finds her world overturned when Henry VIII imprisons her father, the Earl of Kildare, and brutally destroys her family. Torn from the home she loves, her remaining family scattered, Gera dares not deny the refuge offered her in England's glittering royal court. There she must navigate ever-shifting alliances even as she nurtures her secret desire for revenge.

  • Author:
    Shipman, Viola
    Summary:

    Iris Maynard lost her husband in World War II, her daughter to loneliness, and her reason to live. But Iris has built a new family, of flowers, tending both to her memories and heirloom garden.

  • Author:
    Boyle, T. Coraghessan
    Summary:

    This novel explores the volatile connections between three damaged people--an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover-as they careen towards an explosive confrontation.

  • Author:
    Jimenez, Abby
    Summary:

    Sloan Monroe still can't seem to get her life back on track after losing her fiancé. A lost pup with "take me home" eyes makes Sloan start to feel more like herself, but Tucker's owner, Jason, wants Tucker back. Sloan's not about to give up her dog without a fight. But as their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can't deny a connection. Is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak?

  • Author:
    Enright, Anne
    Summary:

    Spanning thirty years, this novel tells the story of Rosaleen, matriarch of the Madigans, and her four children, who grow up and leave Ireland for lives they could have never imagined. When they are all called back to the house a last Christmas, they must try to recover the relationships they've lost and forge the ones they never had.

  • Author:
    Janowitz, Brenda
    Summary:

    In Paris, 1958, Grace Kelly's royal wedding dress is still all the rage in fashion circles. Rose, a seamstress at a famous atelier, has just been entrusted with sewing another gown in its image. But when Rose finds herself in love with the bride's handsome brother, she must decide what matters most: love or security. Janowitz focuses on the importance of tradition, new and old, and the power of a dress to fulfill even the most impossible of dreams.

  • Author:
    Burdick, Serena
    Summary:

    Not far from Luella and Effie Tildon's large family mansion looms the House of Mercy, a workhouse for wayward girls. When the sisters accidentally learn a secret about their father, the brazen older sister, Luella, becomes emboldened to do as she pleases. But then one morning she is mysteriously gone. Effie suspects her father has sent Luella to the House of Mercy, and the only way to free Luella is to get herself committed as well.

  • Author:
    Harper, Karen
    Summary:

    Joan plots to scandalize Edward, Prince of Wales, and the royal family, for she has learned they engineered her father's downfall and death. But what begins as a calculated strategy soon grows into love. When Joan learns that Edward returns her feelings, she is soon fighting her own, for how can she love the man that ruined her family? And, if she does, what will be the cost?

  • Author:
    Smith, Tom Rob
    Summary:

    Until the moment he receives a frantic call from his father, Daniel believed his parents were headed into a peaceful retirement. They had sold their home in London and set off to begin life anew on a remote farm in rural Sweden. But with that phone call, everything changes.

  • Author:
    Paris, B. A.
    Summary:

    A woman's birthday party takes a dark turn in a poignant, heart-stopping new novel from the reigning queen of suspense, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors , The Breakdown , and Bring Me Back . "A heartbreaking page-turner that will have you up at night reading just one more chapter." — Catherine Steadman , #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something in the Water "The phenomenal B. A. Paris has done it again! I devoured The Dilemma in one sitting—it grabbed me from the very first page and wouldn't let go until I'd finished. Secrets, guilt, shame and heartbreak—this story has it all in spades."— Sandie Jones , New York Times bestselling author of The Other Woman. Knowing the truth will destroy her. Keeping it secret will destroy him. It's Livia's 40th birthday, and her husband Adam is throwing her the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding they never had. Everyone she loves will be there, except her daughter Marnie, who's studying abroad. But Livia is secretly glad Marnie won't be there. Livia has recently uncovered a secret about their daughter which, if revealed, will shake the foundation of their family to its core. She needs to tell Adam, but she's waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together. Adam, meanwhile, has his own surprise for Livia: he's arranged for Marnie to secretly fly back for the party. But before Marnie arrives, Adam hears some terrible news. Now he too is faced with a dilemma: Does he share what he's learned with his wife? Is hiding the truth the same as telling a lie? And how far are Adam and Livia willing to go to protect the ones they love—and give each other a last few hours of happiness? A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

  • Author:
    Harbison, Elizabeth M.
    Summary:

    A story about the secrets we keep, the friends we make, and the food we cook.

  • Author:
    Little, Judithe
    Summary:

    Antoinette and Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel set out with a determination to prove themselves. Their journey propels them out of poverty and into extravagance. But when World War I breaks out, their lives are irrevocably changed, and the sisters must gather the courage to fashion their own places in the world, even if apart from each other.

  • Author:
    Bala, Sharon
    Summary:

    When the rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and 500 fellow refugees from Sri Lanka's bloody civil war reaches the shores of British Columbia, the young father believes the struggles that he and his six-year-old son have long faced are finally over. But their journey has only just begun. The group is thrown into a detention processing centre, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among "the boat people" are members of a separtist militant organization responsible for countless suicide attacks--and that these insurgents now pose a threat to Canada's national security. As the refugees are subjected to heavy interrogation, Mahindan fears that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son's chance for asylum.

  • Author:
    Mukhopadhyay, Sirshendu
    Summary:

    Somlata has just married into the dynastic but declining Mitra family. At eighteen, she expects to settle into her role as a devout wife in this traditional, multi-generational family. But then Somlata, wandering the halls of the grand, decaying Mitra mansion, stumbles upon the body of her great aunt-in-law, Pishima.

  • Author:
    Carr, Robyn
    Summary:

    Now that their parents are gone, the future has changed dramatically for sisters Adele and Justine. Neither woman knows how to start life over, but both realize they can and must support each other the way only sisters can. Together they find the strength to accept their failures and overcome their challenges. Happiness is within reach, if only they have the courage to fight for it.

  • Author:
    Brenner, Jamie
    Summary:

    Ruth Cooperman arrives in beautiful beachside Provincetown for her retirement, renting the perfect waterfront cottage while she searches for her forever home. But when she finds a baby girl abandoned on her doorstep, Ruth turns to her new neighbors for help and is drawn into the drama of the close-knit community. As summer unfolds and friends and family care for the infant, alliances are made, relationships are tested, and secrets are uncovered.

  • Author:
    Mallery, Susan
    Summary:

    Sophie Lane returns to Blackberry Island, determined to rebuild, until small-town life reveals a big problem: she can't grow unless she learns to let go. As much as she adores her husband and sons, Kristine wants something for herself, but she never imagined she might have to choose between her marriage and her dreams. Like the mainland on the horizon, Heather's goals seem beyond her grasp. Can she break free, or will she be trapped in this tiny life forever?

  • Author:
    Gray, Shelley Shepard
    Summary:

    At twenty-seven, Shannon Murphy has just discovered that she has two sisters she never knew. Now, through Shannon's loving persistence, the three of them are moving in together above her dance studio in Bridgeport. Shannon is excited to make a home with her sisters and to grow her budding business. Then she meets her newest client--he has all the right muscles, a perfect smile, and a lot of attitude. Will Shannon be able to keep things professional with this charming stranger?

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