Two unconventional women—Meri Fowler, pregnant, newly married, and discovering the gap between reality and expectation, and Delia Naughton, wife of a notoriously unfaithful liberal senator—confront the costs and challenges of love.
On a copper-rich tropical island shattered by war, on which survival is daily struggle, eccentric Mr. Watts, the only white man left after the other teachers flee, spends his day reading to the local children from Charles Dickens's classic Great Expectations, capturing the imaginations of thirteen-year-old Matilda and her peers with the London adventures of a young orphan named Pip. 50,000 first printing.
Farm animals overthrow their human owners and set up their own deeply (and familiarly) flawed government. Orwell's mordant satire of totalitarianism is still a mainstay of ninth-grade reading lists.
Offered a coveted job to analyze and conserve a priceless Sarajevo Haggadah, Australian rare-book expert Hanna Heath discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the volume's ancient binding that reveal its historically significant origins. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March.
Astonished to learn that her impeccable mother led a secret life marked by her passionate love for a Las Vegas man and a private commitment to pleasure, Barbara elects to end destructive patterns in her own life while honoring her mother's final wishes.
A holiday anthology of literary short fiction celebrates Christmas with a collection that includes Elizabeth Bowen's "Green Holly," "Dancing Dan's Christmas" by Damon Runyon, "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote, Willa Cather's "The Burglar's Choice," and works by Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy, John Updike, Alice Monroe, John Cheever, Grace Paley, and others. 20,000 first printing.
Two short stories portray the intense feelings the holiday season can bring—in the first, the Posey men struggle to figure out how to be a family without their wife and mother, while in the second a magical Alabama New Year's Eve captures love in all its diverse forms.
Teaching human sexuality from a perspective that information and pleasure are top priorities, divorced mom Ruth Ramsey butts heads with the local soccer coach, a divorced former addict who became an evangelical Christian after hitting rock bottom. By the author of Joe College. 200,000 first printing.
Featuring introductions by noted authors Harlan Coben, Harlan Ellison, and Laura Lippman, a comprehensive anthology of fiction, originally published in pulp magazines from the 1920s to the 1940s, encompasses classic works by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardener, Carroll John Daly, and Fredrick Nebel, among others. Original. 25,000 first printing.