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  • Author:
    Geras, Adèle
    Summary:

    Members of the Barrington family are shocked at the arbitrary and vindictive nature of their wealthy matriarch's will. While the palatial home goes to her prodigal step-grandson, hardworking Louise receives onlt the copyright to her grandfather's musty novels--long out of print and never popular. When she peruses one of these volumes, she discovers stories her beloved grandfather once read to her. But as she looks more closely, Louise becomes convinced the book's Japanese POW camp episodes are more fact than fiction--and could contain clues to secrets long since hidden.

  • Author:
    Mendel, Charlotte
    Summary:

    The state war raging outside the home of the Al-Fakhoury extended family, who live in a border town buffeted by the turmoil of the Arab Spring, entwines with the familial conflict raging within. The patriarch of the family, Mohammed is an aggressive, dominant character who bullies his wife and four children and wages paranoiac diatribes against his sister and her family. It is only when Mohammed leaves for work every morning that the house relaxes into the rich interconnectivity of familial relationships: between Mohammed’s gentle wife Fatima and his sister Rana, who yearns desperately to contribute to this historic fight for freedom; between the twelve-year old twins and Rana’s gentle son Mazin, whose effeminacy is a source of great anxiety to her. This formidable woman tends her chickens and her garden in the courtyard, sharing the produce with the neighbours and improving the lives of everybody around her, even though she cannot raise a placard with the men. When Ahmed, Mohammed's brother, is involved in a terrible incident,and he wakes up in an underground cavern, surrounded by groaning, dying men stretched out on blankets on the floor, he is stunned by what he discovers there. A Hero explores the complicated question of what constitutes a hero set against the exciting, frightening chain of events happening in the Middle East right now – events that will have far-reaching effects on our part of the world. Readers will discover how similar and different our cultures are as they identify with the emotions and interactions of the people in this story, and learn something about themselves in the process.

  • Author:
    Rayne, Piper
    Summary:

    Catch up with the Greene family during their annual summer party. There's sure to be surprise announcements and unexpected guests!

  • Author:
    Porter, Michelle
    Summary:

    National Bestseller Finalist for the 2023 Writers' Trust Atwood Gibson Fiction Prize Five generations of Métis women argue, dance, struggle, laugh, love, and tell the stories that will sing their family, and perhaps the land itself, into healing in this brilliantly original debut novel. Carter is a young mother, recently separated. She is curious, angry, and on a quest to find out what the heritage she only learned of in her teens truly means. Allie is trying to make up for the lost years with her first born, and to protect Carter from the hurt she herself suffered from her own mother. Lucie wants the granddaughter she's never met to help her join her ancestors in the Afterlife. Geneviève is determined to conquer her demons before the fire inside burns her up, with the help of the sister she lost but has never been without. And Mamé, in the Afterlife, knows that all their stories began with her; she must find a way to loose herself from the last threads that keep her tethered to the living, just as they must find their own paths forward. This extraordinary novel, told by a chorus of vividly realized, funny, wise, confused, struggling characters-including descendants of the bison that once freely roamed the land-heralds the arrival of a stunning new voice in literary fiction.

  • Author:
    Rossiter, Nan Parson
    Summary:

    Widowed mother Libby worries about her handsome son, Chase. Chase is going to marry Liam, but both men resist including their traditional parents. Libby surprises them all after she joins a support group for women.

  • Author:
    Fassnacht, Erik
    Summary:

    Meet the Brunsons of Downers Grove, Illinois: Henry, the once-magical father; his wife, Julie; Charlie, the golden-boy son; and Barkley, the bumbling youngest. When Henry's health abruptly declines, each moves toward a new understanding of what family can and cannot be.

  • Author:
    Ní Ghríofa, Doireann
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    When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries. On discovering her murdered husband's body, an eighteenth-century Irish noblewoman drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary lament. Eibhlin Dubh Ni Chonaill's poem travels through the centuries, finding its way to a new mother who has narrowly avoided her own fatal tragedy. When she realizes that the literature dedicated to the poem reduces Eibhlin Dubh's life to flimsy sketches, she wants more: the details of the poet's girlhood and old age; her unique rages, joys, sorrows, and desires; the shape of her days and site of her final place of rest. What follows is an adventure in which Doireann Ni Ghriofa sets out to discover Eibhlin Dubh's erased life-and in doing so, discovers her own. Moving fluidly between past and present, quest and elegy, poetry and those who make it, A Ghost in the Throat is a shapeshifting book: a record of literary obsession; a narrative about the erasure of a people, of a language, of women; a meditation on motherhood and on translation; and an unforgettable story about finding your voice by freeing another's.

  • Author:
    Turner, Jamie Langston
    Summary:

    Elizabeth Landis never considered herself a religious person. In fact, she believed that churchgoers could be placed in a category called "Unaware." But just before she discovers that her husband has been unfaithful, Elizabeth is introduced to the members of the Church of the Open Door.

  • Author:
    Richards, Emilie
    Summary:

    Could a lifetime of memories be a lifetime of lies? All her life Ryan Gracey watched her perfect older sister from afar. Knowing she could never top Wendy's achievements, she didn't even try. Instead Ryan forged her own path while her family barely seemed to notice. Now Wendy shares two little girls with her perfect husband while Ryan mourns the man she lost after a nearly fatal mistake in judgment. The sisters' choices have taken them in different directions, which is why Ryan is stunned when Wendy calls, begging for her help. There's been a murder-and Wendy believes she'll be wrongfully accused. While Wendy lies low, Ryan moves back to their hometown to care for the nieces she hardly knows. The sleuthing skills she's refined as a true-crime podcaster quickly rise to the surface as she digs for answers with the help of an unexpected ally. Yet the trail of clues Wendy's left behind lead to nothing but questions. Blood may be thicker than water, but what does Ryan owe a sister who, with every revelation, becomes more and more a stranger? Is Wendy, who always seemed so perfect, just a perfect liar-or worse?

  • Author:
    Carr, Robyn
    Summary:

    Empty-nester Anna McNichol is ready for a new life direction, but disaster strikes when her husband dies and secrets surface. Facing challenge after challenge, she must look for support from an unexpected source.

  • Author:
    Bengtsson, Jonas T., Barslund, Charlotte
    Summary:

    From one of Denmark’s rising stars, a powerful and profound novel about a young boy and his father who live at the margins of society, until one day their adventure takes an unpredictable turn.1986. Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme has been assassinated, and a young boy and his father are on the move again.Travelling from Sweden to the outskirts of Denmark and into the heart of Copenhagen, the two live an unconventional life, constantly on the move and living on the margins of society. The father, an eccentric, restless man, takes a series of odd jobs, from making antique furniture, to landscaping, to working as a bouncer at a strip club. By day he home-schools his young son. At night he weaves a fairy tale about a prince and a king who are on a mission to kill the wicked White Queen, while running from the White Men who hide in plain sight.One day, their adventure takes a dark, unpredictable turn. Ten years later, when the boy is just entering adulthood, questions about his father’s murky past can no longer remain unanswered. An unforgettable novel about the profound love between a father and son.

  • Author:
    Cameron, W. Bruce
    Summary:

    Lucas Ray is shocked when an adorable puppy jumps out of an abandoned building and into his arms. Though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn't allow dogs, Lucas can't resist taking Bella home. Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn't understand the necessity of games like No Barks. As it becomes more difficult to hide her from the neighbors, Lucas begins to sneak Bella into the VA where he works. There, Bella brings joy and comfort where it is needed most. After Bella is picked up by Animal Control because pit bulls are banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home until he can figure out what to do. But Bella, distraught at the separation, doesn't plan to wait. With four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness between her and her person, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home. A classic story of unwavering loyalty and incredible devotion, A Dog's Way Home is a beautifully told, charming tale that explores the unbreakable bond between us and our pets.

  • Author:
    Kincaid, Gregory D.
    Summary:

    Summary: Discovering that a local shelter is looking for temporary homes for their dogs over the Christmas holidays, Todd, a developmentally challenged young man, persuades his reluctant family to take in a special canine named Christmas, who teaches an entire community a lesson in the transforming power of love and goodwill.

  • Author:
    COOKSON, Catherine
    Summary:

    The story of three young people in Northumberland in the first half of the 19th Century, their lives lastingly entwined by the inexorable demands of a strange cruel destiny.

  • Author:
    Souljah, Sister
    Summary:

    The stunning sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever. Sharp-tongued, quick-witted Porsche worships her sister Winter. Cut from the same cloth as her father, Ricky Santiaga, Porsche is also a natural-born hustler. Passionate and loyal to the extreme, she refuses to accept her new life in group homes, foster care, and juvenile detention after her family is torn apart. Unselfish, she pushes to get back everything that ever belonged to her wealthy, loving family.

  • Author:
    Broeckhoven, Diane, Hawke, Liedewij
    Summary:

    When Alice, an elderly woman, smells the coffee her husband Jules has just made, she gets up. This ritual repeats itself every day, until one morning she finds him lifeless on the sofa in the living room — the coffee hasn’t quite finished filtering through. While Jules slowly turns into a statue that seems to be carved out of marble, Alice reminisces about earlier days and tells him things she hasn’t dared or been able to express before. When subsequently she has to come to terms with the sorrow and loss she is faced with, David, the autistic young son of a woman who lives in the same apartment building, becomes part of this process in an unexpected way. This deeply moving Belgian novel has been translated into many languages. The German edition alone has sold over 120,000 copies.

  • Author:
    ALLIOTT, Catherine
    Summary:

    There are already three people in artist Imogen Cameron's marriage - herself, her husband, Alex, and their son, Rufus - and that's just the way she likes it. But all that's about to change. When the Camerons hit dire financial straits they are forced to move out of London and accept an offer from Eleanor Latimer of a rent-free cottage on her estate. Ordinarily, the offer of a free home in the country is not to be sniffed at but as Eleanor just happens to be Alex's beautiful, rich and frankly flirtatious ex, Imogen is very sniffy indeed. And with good reason.

  • Author:
    Berne, Suzanne
    Summary:

    A confused and lonely ten-year-old girl, Marsha, a witness to her siblings' deviant behavior, her father's affair, and her mother's flirtation with the new neighbor, produces the only lead in a case of sexual assault and murder.

  • Author:
    Karon, Jan
    Summary:

    The sixth book in the Mitford series finds the community of Mitford awaiting the marriage of Father Tim and his bride-to-be, Cynthia.

  • Author:
    Montgomery, L.M.
    Summary:

    Originally published in 1901, A Christmas Inspiration centers around a group of girls spending Christmas at a boarding-house. Once they realize that Miss Allen did not receive any gifts or letters, they come up with a plan to make her Christmas a happy one. This version of A Christmas Inspiration was recorded as part of Dreamscape's Classic Christmas Stories: A Collection of Timeless Holiday Tales.

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