Contemporary Literature

Ice Road: A Novel

By Gillian Slovo

"A gripping tale of braveness, disillusionment, survival, and the triumph of the human spirit."―Sarah Durant, writer of The beginning of Venus

Loyalties, ideals, love, kin ties: all are demonstrated to the restrict in a single of the main devastating moments of human heritage: the siege of Leningrad in the course of international warfare II. Boris Aleksandrovich, a well-meaning bureaucrat, thinks he can negotiate among idealism and politics. His daughter, Natasha, learns in a different way while, as a tender girl in love, she is sort of overwhelmed by means of her father's compromises. gazing all this spread is Irina. clever, ironic, excellent Irina, whom Boris had persuaded to move on an ill-fated voyage to the Arctic Circle, the place she slightly survived. while she arrives again in Leningrad, he feels honor guaranteed to locate her a place inside of his kin circle. Irina involves know the way love for one more could, after all, be extra strong and extra profound than blind loyalty to an concept. fascinating and heroic, peopled with splendidly advanced characters, Ice Road is a masterpiece. A finalist for the Orange Prize.

Show description

Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes

Fame and facelessness, fact and deception, spin their method throughout the 9 interlocking chapters of this eye-catching and wickedly humorous novel by way of the across the world bestselling writer of Measuring the World.
 
No one is extra stunned than Ebling while his new mobile phone starts receiving calls intended for renowned actor Ralf Tanner. at the beginning he attempts to set the callers correct, yet quickly he's having fun with the drama and gear that superstar brings. Little does he recognize that his activities will reason a ripple influence that might depart only a few lives untouched, from the celebrity himself to these lingering on the edges of the limelight.  And as paths move and plots thicken, the bounds of fiction and fact begin to crumble.

Show description

True Blend

By Joanne DeMaio

From New York Times bestselling writer Joanne DeMaio comes a riveting love tale set in a old fashioned New England town.

Amy Trewist could not ask for greater than her uncomplicated existence in Addison, Connecticut. From her outdated farmhouse, to her ally dwelling within the bungalow round the corner, to the large pink barn on the finish of the line, to her small store throughout from town eco-friendly, what else may possibly she want?

Quite easily, she desires it again. simply because whereas operating errands early one morning, a unexpected, unforeseen come upon threatens all Amy holds expensive. while she crosses paths with a stranger, her adored lifestyles turns out as fleeting because the glowing droplets spraying from the town's stone wishing fountain.

But as future may have it, a dinner with the reluctant guy who got here into her lifestyles that day adjustments every little thing. A secluded seashore cottage and love tune dedications and dances underneath the starlight slowly lead her again to happiness. And whilst future runs its direction, a beautiful twist can have Amy ultimately locate the silver lining inside of one darkish summer season cloud.

Show description

Finally Us (True Love) (Volume 3)

By Harper Bentley

They sought after forever... yet is perpetually relatively their destiny? 

When misunderstandings and unsavory characters get of their method, Ellen and Jag name it quits after 9 years of being jointly. Now they locate themselves in areas with which they're unaccustomed: Ellen is making an attempt to get used to the belief of relationship one other guy, having by no means long gone out with someone except Jag, whereas Jag is dealing with an harm and the lack of baseball, a video game he is performed for many of his lifestyles. nor is convinced how you can deal with their new state of affairs, yet they're dealing.

whilst a shock alternate lands Jag correct again in the midst of issues and correct again into Ellen's lifestyles, new boyfriend and all, can he maintain his cool and turn out to her that what they as soon as had is what is correct? Does Ellen nonetheless hold a torch for her past love or has she already fallen for her new baseball participant, making it too past due for them to begin back?

The struggle is on as Jag is going head-to-head with Ellen's new love curiosity as he attempts proving to her that their love merits one other shot. Can he win her again or is their dream of an ideal without end long gone for good?

this can be the 3rd booklet of the genuine Love Trilogy.

as a result of language and sexual content material, this e-book isn't urged for readers less than age 17

Show description

Kiss Me If You Can (Hqn)

By Carly Phillips

Sam Cooper ("Coop") has simply turn into the main eligible bachelor in manhattan urban. Now that he has foiled a jewelry-store theft and has been rewarded with the hoop of his selection, unmarried girls everywhere in the urban are fawning over the crime reporter. yet Coop isn't really drawn to the admirers sending racy lingerie his means. His cognizance is based exclusively on Lexie Davis, the single lady within the urban who claims to not have an interest in his bachelor status.

Instead, free-spirited Lexie is drawn to Coop's vintage ring, and its—potentially scandalous—history in her relatives. yet Coop is instantly changing into greater than simply her path to the hoop. whilst his research starts off to discover the reality, will she belief her heart—and her relatives secrets—to this so much eligible bachelor?

Show description

Three Dollars

By Elliot Perlman

The long-unavailable debut novel via the bestselling writer of Seven different types of Ambiguity.

From celebrated writer Elliot Perlman, Three Dollars is the deft, passionate portrait of a guy coming to phrases together with his position in an more and more opposed and company international, whereas suffering to hold his humanity, his center, and his humorousness.

Show description

The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

By Mitch Albom

“A fantastically rendered story of religion and redemption that makes us imagine, suppose, and hope—and then doubt after which think, as basically Mitch Albom could make us do.”—Garth Stein, writer of The artwork of Racing within the Rain

One morning within the small city of Coldwater, Michigan, the telephones begin ringing. The voices say they're calling from heaven. Is it the best miracle ever? Or a few merciless hoax? As information of those unusual calls spreads, outsiders flock to Coldwater to be part of it.

At a similar time, a disgraced pilot named Sully Harding returns to Coldwater from criminal to find his fatherland gripped through “miracle fever.” Even his younger son incorporates a toy mobile, hoping to listen to from his mom in heaven.

As the calls bring up, and evidence of an afterlife starts to floor, the town—and the world—transforms. purely Sully, confident there's not anything past this unhappy existence, digs into the phenomenon, decided to disprove it for his baby and his personal damaged heart.

Moving seamlessly among the discovery of the phone in 1876 and a global passionate about the following point of communique, Mitch Albom takes readers on a wide ranging journey of frenzied hope.

“Beautiful and shrewdpermanent. might be the main stirring and transcendent heaven tale given that box of Dreams.” —Matthew Quick,  writer of The solid good fortune of correct Now

Show description

Brightness Falls

By Jay McInerney

Combining the lyrical commentary of F. Scott Fitzgerald with the laser-bright social satire of Evelyn Waugh, Jay McInerney supplies us a unique that's stunningly comprehensive and profoundly affecting. 
   As he maps the fault strains spreading during the once-impenetrable marriage of Russell and Corrine Calloway and chronicles Russell's wildly formidable scheme to grab regulate of the publishing apartment at which he works, Jay McInerney creates an elegy for brand new York within the Nineteen Eighties. From the literary chimeras and company raiders to these dispossessed through the pandemonium of cash and gear, Brightness Falls captures a rash period at its second of reckoning and offers truth again to a time that now turns out decidedly unreal.

Show description

The End of the Alphabet

By C. S. Richardson

Ambrose Zephyr is a happy guy. He stocks a book-laden Victorian condominium together with his loving spouse, Zipper. He owns fits, considered one of which he used to be married in. he's a brave eater, shop brussels sprouts. His wisdom of wine is imprecise and top outlined as Napa, solid; Australian, higher; French, larger nonetheless. Kir royale is his drink of celebration. For an Englishman he makes a bad cup of tea. He believes girls are quantifiably wiser than males, and might by no means supply Zipper the slightest cause to distrust him or query his love. Zipper easily describes Ambrose because the in basic terms guy she has ever enjoyed. with no adjustment.

Then, simply as he's turning fifty, Ambrose is advised by means of his health professional that he has one month to reside. Reeling from the scoop, he and Zipper embark on a whirlwind day trip to the areas he has such a lot enjoyed or has continually longed to go to, from A to Z, Amsterdam to Zanzibar. As they commute to Italian piazzas, Turkish baths, and different romantic locations, all superbly evoked by means of the writer, Zipper struggles to accommodate the grand unfairness in their conditions as she buoys Ambrose together with her mild affection and humor. in the meantime, Ambrose displays on his lifestyles, one good lived, and is derived to appreciate that demise, like lifestyles, should be made bearable by way of the energy and beauty in their devotion.

Richardson’s attractive prose comes alive with an honesty and depth that would go away you breathless and encouraged via the easy good looks and tool of affection. the top of the Alphabet is a undying, resonant exploration of the character of affection, loss, and lifestyles.

Show description

The Best American Short Stories 1991

The 1st sentence of the 1st tale during this collection--"We used to visit bars, the fairly seedy ones, to discover our fights"--lures the reader with its promise of a wierd and strange global. the choice, through Rick Bass, doesn't disappoint, taking us on a travel of "backwoods nightspots" the place an aspiring fighter trains for a occupation within the sizeable urban. tale after story--there are 20 in all--matches Bass's commencing gambit, with a blinding mixture of telling info and poignant personality pix. There are Charles D'Ambrosio Jr.'s 13-year-old protagonist who needs to escort his mother's drunken buddy to her domestic; the girl in Siri Hustvedt's story who enters a sanatorium due to a months-old migraine and whose neighbor, an previous girl, someday climbs in mattress together with her and starts kissing her passionately; the sullen youngster, created by means of David Jauss, whose father is fired for embezzling, then hospitalized for a frightened breakdown. Ashamed, the son blurts out to a chum that his father died of a mind tumor; years later, a father himself, the son displays, "I had constantly enjoyed my father, even though at the back of his again, with no letting him realize it. And in a fashion, at the back of my again, too." Adams wrote moment probabilities. -Publishers Weekly

Show description