Set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, this novel tells the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel. Amongst the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory they try to craft a childhood for themselves amidst what constitutes their family.
This novel tells the story of two people who want the same things - fidelity, love, family life and a stable home. They are out of line with the fashions of the 60s, but life seems to smile on them until Harriet's fifth pregnancy, when everything starts to go wrong...
A sequence of stories about the Vietnam War, this book also has the unity of a novel, with recurring characters and interwoven strands of plot and theme. It aims to summarize America's involvement in Vietnam, and her coming to terms with that experience in the years that followed.
Enceinte et secrètement mariée, Cheryl Anway griffonne sur un cahier d'écolier ce qui deviendra ses dernières volontés, juste avant que trois élèves, désaxés et déchaînés, mitraillent la cafétéria de son lycée. Quatre personnages dramatiquement touchés racontent alors leur histoire : Cheryl narre calmement sa propre mort ; Jason, le garçon dont tout le monde ignorait qu'il était son mari, encore dévasté par sa mort dix ans après ; Heather, la femme qui essaie d'aimer cet homme anéanti ; et enfin Reg, son père, que la rigidité religieuse a séparé de tous ceux qu'il aimait. Défiant les lois du temps, ce journal intime à quatre voix nous dévoile leurs vies brisées par l'excès de puritanisme et la violence extrême...
From the bestselling author of Generation X and Microserfs, comes the absurd and tender story of a hardliving movie producer and a former child beauty pageant contender who only find each other by losing themselves.Waking up in an L.A. hospital, John Johnson is amazed that it was the flu and not an overdose of five different drugs mixed with cognac that nearly killed him. As a producer of highadrenaline action flicks, he's led a decadent and dangerous life, purchasing his way through every conceivable variant of sex. But each variation seems to take him one notch away from a capacity for love, and while moviemaking was once a way for him to create worlds of sensation, it now bores him. After his neardeath experience, John decides to walk away from his life.Susan Colgate is an unbankable former tv star and child beauty pageant contender. Forced to marry a heavy metal singer in need of a Green Card after her parents squander her sitcom earnings, she becomes the alpha road rat. But when the band's popularity dwindles, the marriage dissolves. Flying back to Los Angeles in Economy, Susan's plane crashesyes'>#160;yes'>#160; and only she survives. As she walks away from the disaster virtually unscathed, Susan, too, decides to disappear.John and Susan are two souls searching for love across the bizarre, celebrityobsessed landscape of LA, and are driven, almost fatefully, toward each other. Hilarious, fastpaced and ultimately heartwrenching, iss Wyoming is about people who, after throwing off their selfmade identities, begin the fearful search for a love that exposes all vulnerabilities.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Larry is a successful farmer in Zebulon County, Iowa. Widowed, he has three daughters, Ginny and Rose who work on the farm, and Caroline, who is a lawyer. When Larry decides to give the ownership of the farm to his daughters, Caroline's reservations mean she is cut out of the ownership.
In the spring of 587 AD, two monks set off on a journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. More than a thousand years later, using their writings as a guide, William Dalrymple set off to retrace their steps.
Modern fictionDebut novel from Meera Syal, who wrote the screenplays to Bhaji on the Beach and My Sister Wife. This is the story of nine-year- old Meena, an Indian girl growing up in the sixties, daughter of the only Punjabi family in the Midlands' mining village of Tollington. "Anita and Me is full of pleasure. The book is expertly structured and engagingly written, illuminated throughout by Meena's ironical reverence and robustness of spirit. I can give it no higher recommendation" Laura Tennant, Guardian.
Otto and Sophie Bentwood live childless in a renovated Brooklyn brownstone. After Sophie is bitten on the hand while trying to feed a neighbourhood cat, a series of small, ominous disasters begin to plague their lives, revealing the fractures in a marriage wrenching itself apart.
Eleanor Rigby is the story of Liz, a self-described drab, overweight, crabby, and friendless middle-aged woman, and her unlikely reunion with the charming and strange son she gave up for adoption. His arrival changes everything, and sets in motion a rapid-fire plot with all the twists and turns we expect of Coupland. By turns funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor Rigby is a fast-paced read and a haunting exploration of the ways in which loneliness affects us all.
Pierre Brossard is a Nazi collaborator accused of murdering 14 Jews during World War II, who is still living on the run in contemporary France. He's been sheltered by the Roman Catholic church, but now he has been accused of crimes against humanity and his places to hide are becoming fewer.
An account of the travels of Tiziano Terzani, a news correspondent who travelled only by rail, road and sea, having been told that he should not risk flying by a fortune teller. Terzani consulted fortune tellers and shaman from then on, since the original seer had prevented him from taking a plane which had subsequently crashed in Cambodia.
Alexander Cold and his grandmother - a fearless reporter - are going to the Amazon rainforest to search for a fabled headhunting tribe and a legendary, marauding "Beast". Here they find out much, much more about the mysteries of the jungle and its inhabitants.
Born in the 1920s to bohemian parents, Paula Fox was left at birth in a Manhattan orphanage. Rescued by her grandmother and cared for by a poor minister, her parents began to re-surface, their self-absorbed, toxic "care" a blight on Paula's life.
On the eve of their trip to Africa, Laura Maldonada Clapper and her husband, Desmond, await the arrival of three guests. But what begins as a bon voyage party soon becomes a bitter, claustrophobic clash of family resentment.
The Good Terrorist follows Alice Mellings, a woman who transforms her home into a headquarters for a group of radicals who plan to join the IRA. As Alice struggles to bridge her ideology and her bourgeois upbringing, her companions encounter unexpected challenges in their quest to incite social change against complacency and capitalism. With a nuanced sense of the intersections between the personal and the political, Nobel laureate Doris Lessing creates in The Good Terrorist a compelling portrait of domesticity and rebellion.From the Trade Paperback edition.