An important chapter in the saga of The Silmarillion, first conceived by Tolkien at the end of his service in World War I, follows the romance between an immortal elf and a mortal whose worthiness is put to an impossible test.
Ben Jewell, a single father, and Jonah, his profoundly autistic son, are forced to move into his father's house, as Ben deals with the complications of getting Jonah placed into a special school and all three generations struggle to communicate with eachother.
Eddy Bellegueule, a young gay man in a violent French factory village, struggles with his orientation and intellectually precocious nature while enduring pressure to become a strong man in accordance with local beliefs.
After her daughter, Gwen, has trouble adjusting to her new beau, James, Julia Alden must do her best to unite two households, but when Gwen turns for comfort to James' 17-year-old son, Nathan, the consequences will test her mother's loyalty and threaten their fragile new happiness.
A Detroit band desperate to reclaim fame is recruited by the government to track down the source of a mysterious sound in the African desert, which they link to an ominous conspiracy and an enigmatic accident victim's remarkable recovery.
Follows the marriage between Graham Cavanaugh and his spontaneous but exhausting second wife, a relationship that is further shaped by their Asperger's patient child and an effort to be friends with Graham's very different first wife.
A follow-up to Katherine of Aragon finds Henry VIII risking his marriage and the political strategies of Cardinal Wolsey in his obsession to marry Anne Boleyn, who does not welcome the king's advances and loathes the cardinal for breaking her betrothal to Harry Percy.
Laguna Beach, California, 2009. Alireza Courdee, a 14-year-old straight-A student and chemistry whiz, takes his first hit of pot. In as long as it takes to inhale and exhale, he is transformed from the high-achieving son of Iranian immigrants into a happy-go-lucky stoner... and then to an Islamic radical who leaves America for Syria.