They were the best of friends: Ryland, the son of the king, is bound by loyalty. Shaye is both a majicar and a Weverton, both rebellious factions. Fairlie, a fiery metal-smith, is the iron bond that held them all together. Until now.
When Barbara Phillips arrives in Bluefield, Virginia, to begin her medical residency, she thinks she is headed for an uneventful few years filled with work in an obscure little town where no one knows her...which is exactly what she wants. Everything changes when she enters Nicky’s diner and begins a journey that will last a lifetime as she falls in love against her better judgment and best-laid plans. The free-spirited Nicky later attends the 1963 March on Washington and impulsively and anonymously sleeps with a man in hopes of getting pregnant and starting a family with Barbara.
"Virginia is for Lesbian Lovers"
At age eight, Jenny Rowan was abducted and kept for two years in a box beneath her captor's bed. Eventually she escaped and, after living for eighteen months on cast-offs at the local mall, was put into the child-care system. Suing for emancipation, at age sixteen she became a legal adult. Nowadays she works as a production editor for the local public TV station, and is one of the world's good people. One evening she returns home to find a detective waiting for her. Though her records are sealed, he somehow knows her story.
While held in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison, Azar gives birth to a baby girl whom she fears she cannot keep. Arash, a fellow revolutionary, makes his daughter a bracelet of date stones, knowing it will be all she has to remember him by. Leila has to choose between fleeing Iran with her lover or staying to care for the children of her imprisoned sisters. And Forugh must grow up in the shadow of her parent's deaths. Courageous, heart-wrenching and beautifully written, Children of the Jacaranda Tree is a novel about family, sacrifice, and the search for a better world.
Taking her cue from a challenge thrown to her at a reading, Nafisi energetically responds to those who say fiction has nothing to teach us today. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favourite novels, she invites us to join her as citizens of her Republic of Imagination, a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy, and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.
The old painting was done on glass, and found beneath the ruins of the ancient, decaying French mansion that Emily Hastings' sister, Irene, had inherited from the estate of the Marquis de Garac. The cold and distant Monsieur Philippe Gastion informed them that the painting was a forgotten masterpiece and should be given a place of honor. Soon afterward, Irene became mysteriously ill, and other signs of imminent danger pointed directly toward Emily.
"Would not recommend this book"
A cross-continental love story: a brilliantly observed novel about the exhilarations and complications of getting, and staying, wed. Amina Mazid is 24 when she leaves Bangladesh for New York, and for George Stillman, the husband who wooed her online. It's a 21st-century romance that echoes ancient traditions. And though George falls for Amina because she doesn't "play games", each is hiding something from the other. It is only when they put an ocean between them that Amina and George will discover whether they have a future.