The Gulf Between Us by Geraldine Bedell

By Geraldine Bedell

For many humans, being a unmarried mom to 3 boys (two of them teenagers), checking out your emotions for an ex-boyfriend who's now a world movie megastar, pacifying an aged father who retains asking why you're now not married, tolerating your bigoted brother, whereas protecting out of how of a dismissive movie manufacturer who turns out to have made a project out of frustrating you, will be particularly adequate of a challenge.

Annie Lester even if, is not just attempting to take on all this - she's additionally doing it within the small Gulf emirate of Hawar the place, in the summertime of 2002, the effect of America's selection to invade Iraq is simply commencing to be felt.

As her well-organised existence starts off to resolve within the such a lot unforeseen methods, Annie has to make a few tricky judgements, and query the place her loyalties lie. Are her sons outlined by way of who they're, or via what they do? Can a British girl ever particularly be at domestic within the center East? and will James Hartley, the blue-eyed heartthrob cherished via thousands, particularly be eager about a person as usual as Annie Lester believes herself to be?

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Bookmarked to Die (Miss Zukas Mysteries) by Jo Dereske

By Jo Dereske

Librarian extraordinaire omit Helma Zukas wakes up at the morning of her forty-second birthday within the throes of a couple of midlife obstacle. Her championing a suite of neighborhood authors' works ignites a firestorm of jealousy and anger in Bellehaven. She's blackmailed via her conniving boss, library director may perhaps Apple Moon, into attending team counseling periods - and of the individuals ensue useless. An obnoxiously bubbly new librarian is popping the pinnacle of Helma's longtime admirer, Police leader Wayne Gallant. And worst of all, her uncuddly tom cat spouse, Boy Cat Zukas disappears.

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Is There Anything You Want? by Margaret Forster

By Margaret Forster

What do Mrs H, Rachel, Edwina, Ida, Sarah, Dot, Chrissie have in universal? They're all girls, yet past that they're fats, skinny, previous, younger, specialist, incompetent - and seem to be as various as human nature may be. yet they're all survivors.

This compelling novel follows the ripples that exit into traditional lives, women's lives specifically, that have been scarred and altered by means of a shared event, all hooked up via an analogous health facility health center in a small Northern city. this can be a novel approximately what it ability to stay within the shadow of illness and with its scars, no matter if psychological and actual, on reflection over one's shoulder whereas attempting to pass ahead. you could journey up or, if you're cautious, you may make it...

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Swimming by Nicola Keegan

By Nicola Keegan

“I enjoyed Swimming. It’s the main unique novel I’ve learn all 12 months. I can’t get Pip’s voice out of my brain. supply your self a deal with this summer—read this book.”—Judy BlumeA fantastic debut in regards to the upward push of an Olympic champion—a novel approximately festival, obsession, the starvation for victory, and a tender woman with an unsinkable spirit suffering to stick afloat within the in basic terms approach she can.When we first meet Pip, the intense heroine of Nicola Keegan’s first novel, she is landlocked in a small city within the heart of Kansas, actually swimming for her lifestyles. Pip is tall and flat and clever and humorous and supernaturally buoyant. On land, she has her proportion of issues: an agoraphobic mom, a misplaced father, a drug-addled sister, and a Catholic schooling ruled by way of a gaggle of high-energy nuns. yet within the water, Pip is unstoppable. within the water, her discomfort and rage are transmuted into grace and pace and beauty.Swimming is the tale of Pip’s trip from a small Midwestern swim workforce to her first kingdom meet, her brutal specialist education, and the ultimate, record-breaking swims that result in her dizzying ascent to the Olympic podium in Barcelona. It’s the tale of a lady who discovers, within the loneliness of formative years, within the kin tragedies that threaten to engulf her, the resilience of the human spirit and the unbelievable energy of her personal body.A ferociously unique novel, glowing with wit and blazing with emotion, from a talented new novelist.

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Good Neighbors by Ryan David Jahn

By Ryan David Jahn

A compulsively readable debut crime novel encouraged by means of the mythical real-life homicide of Kitty Genovese. At 4:00 A.M. on March thirteen, 1964, a tender girl returning domestic from her shift at a neighborhood bar is attacked within the courtyard of her Queens condo construction. Her pals pay attention her cries; not anyone demands aid. Unfolding over the process hours, sturdy acquaintances is the tale of the woman's final evening. it's also the tale of her associates, the bystanders who saved to themselves: the fearful Vietnam draftee; the previous soldier making plans suicide; the girl who thinks she's killed a toddler and her husband, who will danger every little thing for her. Revealing a desirable cross-section of yankee society in expertly interlocking plotlines, sturdy pals calls to brain the Oscar-winning motion picture Crash, and its suspense and profound experience of city risk rank it with Hitchcock's Rear Window and the gritty crime novels of Dennis Lehane, Richard fee, and James Ellroy.

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Hex and the Single Girl by Valerie Frankel

By Valerie Frankel

Emma sees bare humans (not inevitably a nasty thing!) Emma Hutch's upscale long island consumers name her the "Good Witch." Her uncanny telepathic skills allow her to plant photographs into unsuspecting minds, which has made her New York's so much profitable expert matchmaker. finally, what bachelor, proven or in a different way, may possibly deny his actual future whilst the lady he can not seem to cease considering without notice appears to be like correct in entrance of him? Now an all-too-perfect blonde socialite wishes Emma's support to snare the main eligible unmarried guy within the urban -- all in a day's paintings for the nice Witch. other than William Dearborn -- visible artist, software program genius, overall hunk, and committed hedonist -- isn't so simply snared. And he is turning into a bit too attracted to the determined matchmaking sorceress who is been following him throughout city incognito. Emma does not need to be psychic to understand what is going on in his brain. William's having very depraved innovations certainly in regards to the solid Witch . . . and Emma likes it! yet she's received to withstand his distinct model of magic . . . otherwise her witchy occupation goes up in flames.

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The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden

By Marlen Suyapa Bodden

While prosperous plantation proprietor Cornelius Allen marries off his daughter Clarissa, he provides her with a marriage reward: a tender slave lady referred to as Sarah. It in order that occurs that Sarah is Allen's daughter in addition, the fabricated from a long term sexual courting together with his slave Emmeline. whilst Clarissa's husband rejects her baby son as illegitimate and sends Clarissa and Sarah again to the Allens, their go back units in movement a sequence of occasions that would break the once-powerful family members. advised during the alternating view issues of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius's spouse, the marriage reward shines a evident gentle at the brutal international of slavery within the antebellum American South. Marlen Suyapa Bodden's compelling ancient novel explores how planters managed slaves and unfastened ladies alike, propelling them alongside a taut social tightrope as they struggled for freedom and autonomy in an oppressive and patriarchal international. The debatable and surprising finishing is certain to go away readers aghast.

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