Growing up in the same 1970s urban planning development in Northwest London, four young people pursue independent and reasonably successful lives until one of them is abruptly drawn out of her isolation by a stranger who is seeking her help.
This epic retelling of the legend of Achilles follows Patroclus and Achilles, the golden son of King Peleus, as they, skilled in the arts of war and medicine, lay siege to Troy after Helen of Sparta is kidnapped — a cause that tests their friendship and forces them to make the ultimate sacrifice.
The story of Saxon claimants to the throne during the forming of England at the end of the ninth century continues in the latest volume of the New York Times best-selling series following The Burning Land.
Born into exile, 11-year-old Nuri, the son of worldly parents who fled the revolution in their Arab country, is transfixed along with his widowed father by an Arab-English woman who joins their family, a situation that is complicated by Nuri's father's disappearance.
Landing in a budget-strapped mental institution after being accused of a crime he does not remember, self-proclaimed hero Pepper is assaulted by a monstrous creature that has been attacking patients but that the hospital staff does not believe exists, a situation that compels Pepper to rally three fellow inmates in a fight for survival.
Asbo is an acronym for "anti-social behavior order," and Lionel Asbo certainly demonstrates the anti-social tendencies of his name. This satire of modern society and celebrity culture features Lionel as the uncle of young Desmond Pepperdine, a crime reporter. Desmond's seemingly simple pursuits are hampered by Lionel's near-criminal habits, which become more prominent when Lionel wins the lottery.
After losing virtually everything meaningful in his life, former aspiring poet and stay-at-home dad Ben Benjamin trains to be a caregiver. His first client, Trevor, is a fiercely independent teen with muscular dystrophy. Trevor turns out to be more than Ben bargained for, and soon the two embark on a road trip to visit the boy's ailing father.
A collection of stories brings to life the rich levels of Chinese-American and Chinese experience in stories like "Prison," in which a Chinese-American woman travels to rural China to choose a surrogate mother for her child.
Suffering from a rare genetic condition that causes him to smell like a decomposing fish, Kevin Broom hides in his London apartment and runs an online Nazi memorabilia store before stumbling onto a crime scene involving a missing Jewish boxer and a fascist entomologist who wants to breed an indomitable beetle in tribute to Hitler.
Given as a Christmas present to Marilyn Monroe, Maf the dog provides keen insight into the world of the Hollywood starlet during the last two years of her life.
In the aftermath of a mystery magazine publisher's untimely murder, Ann Arbor detective Elizabeth Waishkey wonders if David Loogan, a man with a violent past who was having an affair with the victim's wife, is responsible for the crime, or an ally who could help her to solve the case.
Bee Fox is a nice kid, a good musician and a great student. But her mother, Bernadette, is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect. Then Bernadette goes missing, and Bee begins a search that will take her to the ends of the earth.
Hanna Pylvainen's debut novel follows a large Michigan family that belongs to a small religious sect, called Laestadianism, which calls for very strictly regulated behavior — think Amish, with possible overtones of Lutheran, purified by a schism or two. All nine children struggle with identity and the question of whether to stay in the church.