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Mother’s Boy

Mother’s Boy
  • Author(s): Patrick Gale
  • Location(s): Cornwall
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): First half 20th Century

Laura, an impoverished Cornish girl, meets her husband when they are both in service in Teignmouth in 1916. They have a baby, Charles, but Laura’s husband returns home from the trenches a damaged man, already ill with the tuberculosis...

Songs for the Flames

Songs for the Flames
  • Author(s): Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Anne McLean (Translator)
  • Location(s): Colombia, Spain
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

A morally complex, searing set of stories by the award-winning author of The Sound of Things Falling and The Shape of the Ruins (shortlisted for the Booker International Prize 2019). A renowned photographer probes a traumatic incident in the...

All Adults Here

All Adults Here
  • Author(s): Emma Straub
  • Location(s): New York State
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

After Astrid Strick – a widowed, 68-year-old mother of three living in upstate New York – witnesses an accident, she resolves to live more honestly. Starting with the mistakes she made in raising her family. But are her kids,...

Single Man Dancing Alone

Single Man Dancing Alone
  • Author(s): Nick Kelly
  • Location(s): Qatar
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970 to present day

James O’Bryan arrives in Qatar in 1977 to take up his post as an English language teacher. His intention is to stay for two years and then continue his travels. However, when he meets the Al Bahr family he...

The City of Mist

The City of Mist
  • Author(s): Carlos Ruis Zafón (Carlos Ruis Zafon), Lucia Graves (translator)
  • Location(s): Barcelona
  • Genre(s): Historical, In Translation, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

A boy decides to become a writer when he discovers that his creative gifts capture the attentions of an aloof young beauty who has stolen his heart. A labyrinth maker flees Constantinople to a plague ridden Barcelona, with plans...

Iced in Paradise

Iced in Paradise
  • Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
  • Location(s): Hawaii
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Leilani Santiago is back in her birthplace, the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, to help keep afloat the family business, a shave ice shack. When she goes to work one morning, she stumbles across a dead body, a young pro...

An Eternal Lei

An Eternal Lei
  • Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
  • Location(s): Hawaii
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

It’s the middle of the pandemic and Hawaii has been virtually closed to tourists. So when Leilani Santiago and her young sisters save a mysterious woman wearing an unusual lei from drowning in Waimea Bay in Kaua‘i, questions abound....

The Water Garden

The Water Garden
  • Author(s): Louise Soraya Black
  • Location(s): Surrey
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary, looking back

Sarah has given up her career to raise her children in the countryside, while her husband works long hours in London. Alone, she explores the fields and the woods near her home and discovers an enchanting lake, a memorial...

Longing for Istanbul: The Words I Haven’t Said Yet

Longing for Istanbul: The Words I Haven’t Said Yet
  • Author(s): Lisa Morrow
  • Location(s): Istanbul (Constantinople)
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Present day

From the moment Lisa Morrow first stepped onto Turkish soil in 1990, her love affair with the country has been tumultuous. She came to stay forever and then left for good many times, but could never get Turkey and...

Girls Who Lie

Girls Who Lie
  • Author(s): Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Forbidden Iceland series, Book 2. When single mother Maríanna disappears from her home, leaving an apologetic note on the kitchen table, everyone assumes that she’s taken her own life … until her body is found on the Grábrók lava...

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