Struggling grad student Willie Shakespeare Greenberg is targeted by the Reagan administration's war-on-drugs proponents when he tries to deliver a psychedelic mushroom to a mysterious recipient, while a would-be playwright in a distant century stokes anti-Catholic uprisings by taking a first communion at his gunshot wedding.
In a personal meditation on family, war, and memory, the author re-imagines the lives of her parents if World War I had not happened, and also relates the facts of their lives in the wake of the war's devastation.
A tale reminiscent of "Hamlet" that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father's death.
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.
Exploring the private worlds of Eastern European émigrés, heart-warming short stories capture characters who seek solace in their new lives in America through the tastes of home, including Nina, who finds in the abundant New York produce markets her own fresh hopes and dreams, and Sergey, who enjoys the borscht made by a paid female companion more than her sexual ministrations. 15,000 first printing.
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.
Transfered to counter-espionage operations, MI5 agent Liz Carlyle learns of a Russian government plot against Nikita Brunovsky, a Russian oligarch living in Britain and a vocal opponent of Putin, and is given the task of stopping the assassination.
A volume of new and classic short works by the author of Mr. Bridge and Son of the Morning Star includes pieces that feature such popular characters as Mr. Bemis, Katia and her lion, and a wanderer back from Spain.