Fall On Your Knees

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Free Press #ad - The piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. Theirs is a world filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love. Compellingly written, guilt, by turns menacingly dark and hilariously funny, this is an epic tale of five generations of sin, and redemption. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives -- even destroy them.

Set on stormy cape breton island off Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is an internationally acclaimed multigenerational saga that chronicles the lives of four unforgettable sisters.

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The Way the Crow Flies: A Novel

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - One of the finest novels I’ve read. Don’t miss it. Patrick anderson, eight-year-old madeleine, is filtered through the rich imagination of high-spirited, infused with the excitement of the space race and the menace of the Cold War, Washington Post Book WorldThe optimism of the early sixties, who welcomes her family's posting to a quiet Air Force base near the Canadian border.

. A fiercely intelligent look at childhood, families, marriage, the 1960s, the Cold War and the fear and isolation that are part of the human condition…. It is not only beautifully written…. Secure in the love of her beautiful mother, Jack, she is unaware that her father, is caught up in a web of secrets.

The Way the Crow Flies: A Novel #ad - It is equally beautiful in its conception, its wisdom, its compassion, even in its anger and pain. When a local murder intersects with global forces, jack must decide where his loyalties lie, and the killer, and Madeleine will be forced to learn a lesson about the ambiguity of human morality -- one she will only begin to understand when she carries her quest for the truth, into adulthood twenty years later.

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Icy Sparks Oprah's Book Club

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Penguin Books #ad - As an adult, but for years her behavior is the source of mystery, a rare neurological disorder, she will find out she has Tourette’s Syndrome, confusion, and deep humiliation. Narrated by a grown up icy, the book chronicles a difficult, but ultimately hilarious and heartwarming journey, from her first spasms to her self-acceptance as a young woman.

Under miss emily’s tutelage, icy learns about life’s struggles and rewards, discovers the healing power of her voice when she sings, survives her first comical and heartbreaking misadventure with romance, and ultimately—takes her first steps back into the world. Gwyn hyman rubio’s icy sparks is a fresh, original, and completely redeeming novel about learning to overcome others’ ignorance and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique.

At the age of ten, a bright, curious child orphaned as a baby but raised by adoring grandparents, Icy, begins to have strange experiences. Yet, it isn’t until icy returns home that she really begins to flower, especially through her friendship with the eccentric and obese Miss Emily, who knows first-hand how it feels to be an outcast in this tightly knit Appalachian community.

Icy Sparks Oprah's Book Club #ad - Gwyn hyman rubio’s beautifully written first novel revolves around Icy Sparks, an unforgettable heroine in the tradition of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird or Will Treed in Cold Sassy Tree. Called willful by her teachers and "frog child" by her schoolmates, she is exiled from the schoolroom and sent to a children’s asylum where it is hoped that the roots of her mysterious behavior can be discovered.

Stilton, one of the most evil fourth grade teachers ever created by a writer. A new york times notable book and the march 2001 selection of oprah's book Club® ! Icy Sparks is the sad, funny and transcendent tale of a young girl growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky during the 1950’s.

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Drowning Ruth: A Novel Oprah's Book Club

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Ballantine Books #ad - But very soon, amanda comes to see that her old home is no refuge--she has carried her troubles with her. Deftly written and emotionally powerful, drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed.

On one terrible night almost a year later, Amanda loses nearly everything that is dearest to her when her sister mysteriously disappears and is later found drowned beneath the ice that covers the lake. When mathilda's husband comes home from the war, wounded and troubled himself, he finds that Amanda has taken charge of Ruth and the farm, assuming her responsibility with a frightening intensity.

A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut. Winter, 1919. Finding herself suddenly overwhelmed, mathilda, seeking comfort with her younger sister, and three-year-old niece, she flees Milwaukee and retreats to her family's farm on Nagawaukee Lake, Ruth. As she tells her own story with increasing clarity, she reveals the mounting toll that her aunt's secrets exact from her family and everyone around her, until the heartrending truth is uncovered.

Drowning Ruth: A Novel Oprah's Book Club #ad - Guiding us through the lives of the starkey women, Christina Schwarz's first novel shows her compassion and a unique understanding of the American landscape and the people who live on it. Wry and guarded, amanda tells the story of her family in careful doses, as anxious to hide from herself as from us the secrets of her own past and of that night.

Ruth, haunted by her own memory of that fateful night, grows up under the watchful eye of her prickly and possessive aunt and gradually becomes aware of the odd events of her childhood.

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Island: The Complete Stories

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - A passionate girl who grows up on a nearly deserted island turns into an ever-wistful woman when her one true love is felled by a logging accident. Quietly, precisely, he has created a body of work that is among the greatest to appear in English in the last fifty years. A book-besotted patriarch releases his only son from the obligations of the sea.

. Winner of the pen/malamud award: “The genius of his stories is to render his fictional world as timeless. Colm tóibínthe sixteen exquisitely crafted stories in Island prove Alistair MacLeod to be a master. A dying young man listens to his grandmother play the old Gaelic songs on her ancient violin as they both fend off the inevitable.

Island: The Complete Stories #ad - The events that propel macleod's stories convince us of the importance of tradition, the beauty of the landscape, and the necessity of memory. A father provokes his young son to violence when he reluctantly sells the family horse.

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Adult Onset

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Tin House Books #ad - Over the course of one outwardly ordinary week, Mary Rose’s world threatens to unravel, and the specter of violence raises its head with dangerous implications for her and her children. Ann-marie macdonald has crafted a searing, terrifying, yet ultimately uplifting story. She tries valiantly to balance the mostly solo parenting of two young children with the relentless needs of her aging parents.

From the acclaimed, fall on your knees and the way the crow flies, bestselling author of two beloved classics, Adult Onset is a powerful drama that makes vividly real the pressures of life and love, and the undercurrents that run deep through even the most devoted families. Mary rose mackinnon is a successful author of YA fiction doing a tour of duty as stay-at-home mom while her partner, Hilary, takes a turn focusing on her career.

Adult Onset #ad - But amid the hilarities of full-on domesticity arises a sense of dread. Do other people notice the dents in the expensive refrigerator? how long will it take mary Rose to realize that the car alarm that has been going off all morning is hers, and how on earth did the sharpest pair of scissors in the house wind up in her toddler’s hands? As frustrations mount, she experiences a flare-up of forgotten symptoms of a childhood illness that compel her to rethink her own upbringing, her own family history.

With humor and unerring emotional accuracy, Adult Onset explores the pleasures and pressures of family bonds, powerful and yet so easily twisted and broken.

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We Were the Mulvaneys

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Plume #ad - Years later, the youngest son attempts to piece together the fragments of the Mulvaneys’ former glory, seeking to uncover and understand the secret violation that brought about the family’s tragic downfall. Profoundly cathartic, this extraordinary novel unfolds as if Oates, in plumbing the darkness of the human spirit, has come upon a source of light at its core.

Moving away from the dark tone of her more recent masterpieces, Joyce Carol Oates turns the tale of a family struggling to cope with its fall from grace into a deeply moving and unforgettable account of the vigor of hope and the power of love to prevail over suffering. It’s the novel closest to my heart.

We Were the Mulvaneys #ad - . I’m deeply moved that oprah winfrey has selected this novel for Oprah’s Book Club, a family novel presented to Oprah’s vast American family. Joyce carol Oates. But something happens on valentine’s day, 1976—an incident that is hushed up in the town and never spoken of in the Mulvaney home—that rends the fabric of their family life.

. With tragic consequences.

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A Map of the World: A Novel Oprah's Book Club

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Anchor #ad - Pen /hemingway award-winning novelist jane hamilton follows up her first success, The Book Of Ruth, with this spectacularly haunting drama about a rural American family and a disastrous event that forever changes their lives.

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Jewel Oprah's Book Club

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Washington Square Press #ad - In the backwoods of mississippi, Leston, Jewel and her husband, a land of honeysuckle and grapevine, are truly blessed; they have five fine children. In this story of a woman's devotion to the child who is both her burden and God's singular way of smiling on her, Bret Lott has created a mother-daughter relationship of matchless intensity and beauty, and one of the finest, most indomitable heroines in contemporary American fiction.

When brenda kay is born in 1943, Jewel gives thanks for a healthy baby, last-born and most welcome. Jewel is the story of how quickly a life can change; how, like lightning, an unforeseen event can set us on a course without reason or compass.

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Cane River

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Grand Central Publishing #ad - Her youngest daughter, Suzette, who is the first to discover the promise-and heartbreak-of freedom. And emily, philomene's spirited daughter, who fights to secure her children's just due and preserve their dignity and future. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Cane River presents a slice of American history never before seen in such piercing and personal detail.

. Suzette's strong-willed daughter Philomene, who uses a determination born of tragedy to reunite her family and gain unheard-of economic independence. New york times bestselleroprah's book club pickthe unique and deeply moving saga of four generations of African-American women whose journey from slavery to freedom begins on a Creole plantation in Louisiana.

Cane River #ad - Beginning with her great-great-great-great grandmother, Lalita Tademy chronicles four generations of strong, a slave owned by a Creole family, determined black women as they battle injustice to unite their family and forge success on their own terms. As she peels back layers of racial and cultural attitudes, Tademy paints a remarkable picture of rural Louisiana and the resilient spirit of one unforgettable family.

There is elisabeth, who bears both a proud legacy and the yoke of bondage. They are women whose lives begin in slavery, who weather the Civil War, Jim Crow, and who grapple with contradictions of emancipation, and the pre-Civil Rights South.

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The Corrections: A Novel Recent Picador Highlights

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Although she would never admit it to her neighbors or her three grown children, Alfred, her husband, is losing his grip on reality. As alfred enters his final decline, secrets, the Lamberts must face the failures, and long-buried hurts that haunt them as a family if they are to make the corrections that each desperately needs.

More and more often, he doesn't seem to understand a word Enid says. Trouble is also brewing in the lives of Enid's children. Meanwhile the baby of the family, denise, has escaped her disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain of an affair with a married man--or so Gary hints. Enid, who loves to have fun, can still look forward to a final family Christmas and to the ten-day Nordic Pleasurelines Luxury Fall Color Cruise that she and Alfred are about to embark on.

The Corrections: A Novel Recent Picador Highlights #ad - Maybe it's the medication that alfred takes for his Parkinson's disease, or maybe it's his negative attitude, but he spends his days brooding in the basement and committing shadowy, unspeakable acts. But even these few remaining joys are threatened by her husband's growing confusion and unsteadiness. With the corrections, franzen emerges as one of our premier interpreters of American society and the American soul.

Enid lambert is terribly, terribly anxious. Her older son, gary, a banker in philadelphia, has turned cruel and materialistic and is trying to force his parents out of their old house and into a tiny apartment.

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