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.
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.
A collection of stories by the award-winning author of The Past explores the theme of the exceptional nature of seemingly mundane things, depicting such characters as sisters who quarrel over an inheritance and new baby, a child who explores her home in the middle of the night and a housekeeper who uncovers an elderly charge's secrets.
An award-winning psychological thriller from France by the author of No and Me imagines the author's increasingly dangerous friendship with a sophisticated and spontaneous woman who gradually threatens the author's identity as both a writer and an individual.
Returning to the Cambodian homeland she fled as a child refugee decades earlier, Teera finds herself in a country of survivors and perpetrators of the Khmer Rouge killings when she meets a mysterious musician who claims to have known her late father.
A collection of short fiction explores themes of history, family, and diverse relationships, presenting in the title story the experiences of a Mediterranean purple swamp hen living in Quintus Pompeius' villa, who narrowly escapes Vesuvius.
A controversial collection of the last remaining unpublished and uncollected short stories by the iconic American writer of The Great Gatsby provides new insight into the bold and uncompromising arch of his career, revealing a writer working at the forefront of modern literature in all its developing complexities.
"A debut novel that tells a love story set in two countries in two radically different moments in time, bringing together a young man, his mother, a boa constrictor, and one capricious cat. In 1980s Yugoslavia, a youngMuslim girl is married off to a man she hardly knows, but what was meant to be a happy match goes quickly wrong. Soon thereafter her country is torn apart by war and she and her family flee. Years later, her son, Bekim, grows up a social outcast in present day Finland, not just an immigrant in a country suspicious of foreigners, but a gay man in an unaccepting society. Aside from casual hookups, his only friend is a boa constrictor whom, improbably—he is terrified of snakes—he lets roam his apartment. But during a visit to a gay bar, Bekim meets a talking cat who moves in with him and his snake. It is this witty, charming, manipulative creature who starts Bekim on a journey back to Kosovo to confront his demons, and make sense of the magical, cruel, incredible history of his family. And it is this that, in turn, enables him finally, to open himself to true love—which he will find in the most unexpected place."
Accidentally taking a parcel from a family with whom she shared a cab, a young American tourist in Bulgaria is horrified to discover that the parcel contains an urn of ashes and embarks on an effort to return it to its family, making astonishing discoveries along the way. By the award-winning author of The Historian.
Depicts a second American Civil War and devastating plague in the late twenty-first century that forces a family into a camp for displaced people, where a young woman is befriended by a mysterious functionary who transforms her into a living weapon.
Leaving Kansas with the father who won a bitter custody dispute, a 12-year-old boy and his older brother start over in Albuquerque only to be dismayed by the odd and sinister characters that make up their father's new social circle.
At the end of World War II, Marianne von Lingenfels offers shelter to two widows of fallen resistance fighters and their children in a formerly majestic Bavarian castle that was once host to German aristocrats.
The first woman president of an elite progressive college responds to student protests about a popular professor's tenure denial before the group's controversial leader emerges and shocking acts of vandalism begin to destabilize the campus.
A psychologist is unwittingly embroiled in two spectacular unsolved murders, three decades apart, when the foster brother convicted of killing their family years earlier is exonerated, making him question the testimony that led to the conviction.
Waitresses at the same tired bar in the Arkansas college town they've stuck around in too long, Ellie, Chole and Rachel, each embarking down a path of self-destructiveness, are nearly undone by boredom and the brewing tension between them as they try to solve the conundrum of being alive.