What impact can American history have on the life of the vulnerable individual? It is 1951 in America, the second year of the Korean War. A studious, law-abiding, intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, is beginning his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio's Winesburg College. And why is he there and not at the local college in Newark where he originally enrolled? Because his father, the sturdy, hard-working neighborhood butcher, seems to have gone mad—mad withfear and apprehension of the dangers of adult life, the dangers of the world, the dangers he sees in every corner for his beloved boy. As the long-suffering, desperately harassed mother tells her son, the father's fear arises from love and pride. Perhaps, but it produces too much anger in Marcus for him to endure living with his parents any longer. He leaves them and, far from Newark, in the midwestern college, has to find his way amid the customs and constrictions of another American world.—From publisher's description.
Struggling for survival in a Washington frontier community after buying their freedom, Sewing Annie Coats and her son, Gabriel, operate a tailor shop and laundry while battling with their former owner, assisting escaped slaves, and preparing for imminent war. By the author of River, Cross My Heart.
In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation.
A graphic tribute to the African-American blues experience traces the story of the fictional Lem Taylor and Ironwood Malcott, who tour the juke joints and cornfields of Depression-era Arkansas, where they take self-compromising risks and perform blues music to earn their food.
Caring for her ill husband and son in 1953 San Francisco, dutiful housewife Pearlie questions everything she has ever believed about her husband after the appearance of a stranger who mysteriously offers her a considerable sum of money.
Louisa, a young chambermaid at the Hotel New Yorker, forms an unlikely friendship—based on a mutual fascination with pigeons—with the hotel's most famous resident, eccentric and pioneering inventor Nikola Tesla, during his final days.
When Jane Levitsky, an expert in the field of nineteenth-century Russian literature, stumbles upon evidence that Masha Karkova, the wife of novelist Grigory Karkov, may have been more than a muse to her famed husband, she has no idea that her discovery will set in motion a chain of events that could unravel her own marriage and career. Reader's Guide available.