As the court inquest into Benjamin Blaine's death casts suspicions on those closest to him, his son Adam struggles to protect them from those who still suspect that his father was murdered by one of his kin. But the sternest test of all is Adam's proximity to Carla Pacelli, his late father's mistress and a woman who, despite being pivotal to his family's plight, Adam finds himself increasingly drawn to.
Meet Imelda and Augustine, or --- as our young narrator calls his unusual parents --- Em and the Big Hoom. Most of the time, Em smokes endless beedis and sings her way through life. She is the sun around which everyone else orbits. But as enchanting and high-spirited as she can be, when Em’s bipolar disorder seizes her, she becomes monstrous, sometimes with calamitous consequences for herself and others.
In 1938, Eveline follows her husband, Emil, into the wilderness of Minnesota where they have a rundown cabin, a garden, and a baby boy named Hux. But when Emil leaves to take care of his sick father, a stranger arrives and Eveline becomes pregnant. She gives her daughter, Naamah, away to be raised as an orphan. Years later, Hux finds his sister and brings her home. But Naamah, wilder than the wilderness that surrounds them, may make it impossible for Hux to make up for all they have lost.
Elle Harrison and her pals, Jen, Becky and Susan, travel to Mexico where Jen has scheduled cosmetic surgery. Soon after they arrive, Elle sees the woman in the suite next door fall from her sixth floor balcony. When the room is later occupied by another patient, Elle finds her brutally mutilated body on that same balcony. As dangers swirl and intensify, Elle is forced to face her unresolved issues with her late husband, Charlie, even as she races to find the connections between the murders.
Sensual, painterly, even prayerful, these 50 poems and 50 full-color original pictures by Sheryl Loeffler deepen into a land of legend and myth, an island populated, past and present, by saints, beggars and pirates, all of whom are blessed by "vivid geometries" of light. Sheryl Loeffler portrays Malta as a country awash in splendor and contradiction, "this land where Christians call God Alla."
After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a terrifying claim, but no one knows if she can be trusted. When six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and an asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion. America’s new president must turn to counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to carry out two operations that, if discovered, will constitute an act of war.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie McCool tells her husband, Neal, that she has to stay in LA. Something has come up on the TV show for which she writes. She knows Neal will be upset, but doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go without her. She wonders if she’s ruined their already troubled relationship. That night, Georgie finds a way to talk to Neal in the past. Is she supposed to fix their marriage before it starts.
Once again, the mother-daughter writing duo of Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella provide a uniquely frank and often humorous look at life. With twenty-something Francesca navigating New York City, Lisa holding down the fort in the suburbs, and Mother Mary making frequent and always entertaining appearances, there are plenty of opportunities for family-induced guilt, fighting, laughter and love.
Bev Tunney and Amy Schein have been best friends for years; now, at 30, they’re at a crossroads. Bev is stuck in circumstances that would have barely passed for bohemian in her mid-20s: temping, living with roommates, drowning in student-loan debt. Amy is still riding the tailwinds of her early success, but her habit of burning bridges is finally catching up to her. And now Bev is pregnant. As Bev and Amy are dragged into real adulthood, they have to face the possibility that growing up might mean growing apart.
It’s the 2050s, and Cal and Frida, married refugees from a California devastated by earthquakes, live in a shack in the northwest US. When their neighbors are poisoned and the couple learns that Frida is pregnant, Cal and Frida venture toward a nearby settlement run by “Spike People,” a collective that has secured its borders with tall metal spikes, in the hope that the group will protect them from pirates that ravage the countryside.