This international love story follows two young Nigerians as they make their way to foreign lands -- Ifemelu to Princeton and her high school sweetheart, Obinze, to London when he is denied a visa to the United States. An elegant book about love and identity.
Percy Darling, a widower and retired Harvard librarian, lost his wife suddenly several decades ago and has opted to lead a quiet life. This changes when he allows his barn to be converted into a unique pre-school giving his daughter a much needed job. This is a multi-layered story about family caught in the pressures of modern life. A great story with wonderful characters!
This is beautifully written story, like no other you have read, and one you will not soon forget. It is told through the eyes of a 5-year-old boy, Jack, who has spent his entire life living in a small room where he and his mother have been held prisoner. Jack's mother was abducted seven years earlier and is determined to escape her abductor's abuse. Donoghue has given us a riveting story that is very hard to put down!
Goodman tells the story of two sisters, the older and career-focused Emily and the younger, free-spirited Jess. Although both live in the Bay Area, their lives couldn't be more different. This is a delightful complex story of love and identity with well-defined, appealing characters.
Henry Shackleford is 12-years-old when abolitionist John Brown carries him away from slavery, thinking he is a girl. Henry -- or Little Onion, as he is known -- keeps up the facade for four years, leading up to Brown's attempted slave rebellion of 1859. Through Onion's eyes, we get a unique perspective on antebellum society and on a polarizing historical figure.
Kafka on the Shore follows a 15-year-old high school dropout who leaves home to seek the mother and sister who left when he was a child. His journeys bring him to a free library where he begins to pick up the threads of the mystery of 16 school children who 'lost consciousness' during a class trip in 1944. Murakami's lyrical books about life in contemporary Japan waver between reality and fantasy, creating utterly captivating narratives.
Testimony is about a New England private boarding school rocked by a scandal when a sex video made by students surfaces in the school community. Shreve's story will keep you captivated until the very end.
Elizabeth Strout's string of stories are about one unusual character, Olive Kitteridge. Each beautifully written story works as a set piece, yet builds on the previous one until the accumulated power is amazing. This is a terrific read about real people with real feelings in real situations that take place in Maine. Strout is most deserving of the Pulitzer Prize she received for this book.
After losing his mother in an accident, young Theo Decker goes on an odyssey across America and gets slowly drawn into the art underworld. Tartt's memorable characters and skillful writing make this an unmissable book about grief and survival.
Abraham Verghese, medical doctor and accomplished non-fiction writer, has given us a dramatic, emotionally-charged, and beautifully written book about twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. This is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles, and two brothers whose lives are forever intertwined.