How about a look at the latest fiction to hit the shelves of the EBC?
Claire of the sea light by Edwidge Danticat. “An enchanted girl goes missing by moonlight on the shores of a poor fishing town. As family, friends and even strangers join the search for her, each remembers a loved one they too have lost. And the threads of memory bind them: together, apart; the secrets they hold close and the stories they share, are like stars reflected in a dark sea leading her home.” (from the back cover)
The end of the point by Elizabeth Graver. “. . . one family’s journey . . . artfully probes the hairline fractures hidden beneath the surface of our lives and traces the fragile and enduring bonds that connect us. . . exploring what we are born into, what we pass down, and what we preserve, cast off, or willingly free.” (from the book jacket)
Taking Hollywood by Shari King. Three young film-makers from a rough housing estate in Glasgow take Hollywood by storm and accept an Oscar in 1993. Twenty years later they are all successful – – but a resourceful and ambitious journalist uncovers a story that will expose the scandal that lead to their success.
No country by Kalyan Ray. A novel that begins in Ireland in 1843, passes to India, and arrives in America. “Rising along on the relentless tide of history . . . building toward the terrible intimacy of a murder in a sleepy New York town . . . epic, ambitious. . . love and its betrayals, hardship, family, and belonging, and how all of history is, deeply personal. (from the book jacket)
The paying guests by Sarah Waters. 1922 – Ex-servicemen – the out-of-work – the hungry – change is demanded. And in South London . . . life is about to be altered as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances begin to house lodgers. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life – secrets confessed – a crime story that is also a love story – nail-biting tension – a compelling read.
The interestings by Meg Wolitzer. Forty years after a group of six teenagers promised each other that they would always be interesting, they are now middle aged and maybe not so interesting. Going from the past to the present; the lives and friendships of the group are tested. “A sprawling and inventive novel . . . ambitious and enormously entertaining.” (Washington Post)