A debut novel set around the creation of the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and the last days of Steinbeck's Cannery Row follows the 1940 arrival of 15-year-old artist Margot, who is seduced by the world of biologist Ed Ricketts while her father embarks on a controversial project.
A journey through Daniel Sullivan's many lives told in his voice and the voices of those who have made him the man he is: the American son and daughter he has not seen for many years; the family he has made with Claudette; and irrepressible, irreverent Claudette herself.
In 1917, dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett, on the sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama, ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons until their lives violently collide in dark and horrific ways with those of Ohio farmer Ellsworth Fiddler.
Working as woodcutters under a feudal lord in 17th-century New France, two impoverished young Frenchmen follow separate journeys, one of extraordinary hardship, the other of wealth and craftiness, that shape their families throughout three centuries.
Two half-sisters, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana and experience profoundly different lives. Homegoing follows generations of their descendants as they experience wealth, slavery, war, coal mining, the Great Migration and the realities of 20th-century Harlem.
A Depression-era Appalachian farm wife is branded as a witch by her fundamentalist husband when she bonds with a USDA agent who has traveled to the North Carolina mountains to instruct regional families on how to modernize their homes and farms.
Half a century after reluctantly painting a forgery of the only surviving work by a seventeenth-century female Dutch artist, Ellie Shipley curates an exhibit of women Dutch painters and risks exposure when both the original and her forgery arrive.
Sharing what she believes will be a last tryst with a longtime secret lover on the eve of his marriage, a woman reflects on the years they have spent together and her journey of self-discovery against a backdrop of 20th-century history. By the award-winning author of Waterland.