The daughter of a wealthy brewer, Catherine Havisham, sent to stay with the Chadwycks in London, discovers sophisticated new pastimes to remove the taint of her family's new money, until she decides to risk everything for the charismatic stranger who pays her attention.
In The Summer House trilogy, three very different women, with three very distinct perspectives, narrate three novels concerning one disastrous wedding in the offing.
The Clothes in the Wardrobe: Nineteen-year-old Margaret feels more trepidation than joy at the prospect of her marriage to 40-year-old Syl.
The Skeleton in the Cupboard: Syl's mother, Mrs. Monro, doesn't know quite what to make of her son's life, but she knows Margaret should not marry him.
The Fly in the Ointment: And then there's Lili, the free spirit who is determined that the wedding shall not happen, no matter the consequences.
In a 1981 Northern Ireland rife with sectarian violence, Catholic detective Sean Duffy investigates a serial killer who is targeting gay men — a series of murders that may have political implications as well.
In a class-divided future America where urban neighborhoods function as labor colonies for elite charter villages, Fan, a female fish-tank diver, embarks on what becomes a legendary quest to find the man she loves in a region overcome by anarchic forces.
A middle-class, directionless ox of a young man who helps the trash pickers of Buenos Aires' shantytown attracts the attention of a corrupt policeman who would use anyone, including innocent kids, to break a drug ring he believes is operating in the slum. Translated by Chris Andrews.
The son of a quiet sympathizer with the Pinochet regime reflects on the progress of his novel: in it, an unnamed boy from a Chilean suburb witnesses an earthquake and meets an older girl who asks him to spy on her uncle. As the novel moves between the voices of its two narrators, the boy and his author, it tells the larger story of post-coup Chile. Translated by Megan McDowell.
A duo of companion novellas by the author of The Chrysanthemum Palace includes First Guru, in which a gay Buddhist achieves enlightenment in the horrific aftermath of his child's death; and Second Guru, in which an aging wild child returns to India to complete the spiritual journey of her youth.
Maugham collects his series of stories about Ashenden, the less-than-glamorous secret agent. Founded on Maugham's own experiences in the British Secret Service during World War I, Ashenden is a writer-turned-spy who finds that espionage can often get grubby.
As the child of a Mexican father and blond, blue-eyed mother, Danny finds it difficult that everyone thinks they know who and what he is just by the color of his skin. So goes to spend time with his father in Mexico in the hopes of getting in touch with his roots, and the person he believes himself to be.
Jeffrey Lionel Magee, also known as "Maniac Magee," is an orphan and a runaway. He ends up in a small Pennsylvania town torn apart by racial strife, and astounds everyone with his extraordinary athletic feats as he works to heal the painful divide between the town's black and white citizens.
Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey to save him.
Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, August "Auggie" Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different in this tale about acceptance, self-esteem and the transformative power of human kindness.
Sherman Alexie's humorous, semiautobiographical novel, illustrated by Ellen Forney, follows 14-year-old Junior — poor, skinny and with a freakishly big head — as he leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation for a mostly white school in a nearby town. Alexie captures the pain and awkwardness of adolescence while also meditating on the devastation that poverty, racism and alcoholism have wreaked on Native American communities.
Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang's funny and sensitive drawings weave together the stories of Jin Wang, a Chinese-American kid who just wants to fit in at his new school; basketball player Danny, whose life is bedeviled by his stereotypical cousin Chin-Kee; and the mythical Monkey King, whose desire to become a god gets him in rather a lot of trouble.
After a family tragedy orphans her, Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., moves into her grandmother's mostly black community in the 1980s, where she must swallow her grief and confront her identity as a biracial woman.
When high school senior Asha Jamison is called a "towel head" at a pool party, she and her best friend, Carey, start a club to raise awareness of mixed-race students that soon sweeps the country. But the hubbub puts her Ivy League dreams, friendship and beliefs to the test.
Henry is a young slave living in the mid-19th-century Kansas Territory whose life takes a major turn when he meets the legendary abolitionist John Brown — who mistakes Henry for a girl. Henry continues to hide his true identity for his own safety as he travels with Brown's militia, through the historic 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry.
Explores the complex lives of five very different men, including Xan Meo, a one-time familial paragon who suffers a personality change following a brutal assault, and King Henry IX of England, whose life is complicated by his incapacitated wife, his Chinese mistress, and his fifteen-year-old daughter, the victim of a filmed "intrusion" because of her future role as Queen of England. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.