Library Journal . A book that will change your dreams” The Observer. From their very different backgrounds—ruby a daughter of wealth, and the strength they drew from each other in the face of hardship, Jack a penniless tenant farmer—to their relationships with their landlord and his family, this story of a marriage is “full of fantastically gritty metaphors .
A Virtuous Woman: A Novel #ad - . . She hasn’t been dead four months and I’ve already eaten to the bottom of the deep freeze. With alternating entries from each of them, a Virtuous Woman recounts the tale of their years together in an “exquisitely realised piece of writing” Elizabeth Buchan, The Mail on Sunday. Used to i wouldn’t turn my hand over for green peas .
A Cure for Dreams: A NovelAlgonquin Books #ad - Gibbons, winner of several literary awards for her first novel Ellen Foster, has captured magnificently the dailiness and sense of community of rural life—from midwives and WPA ballads to suicides and men gone wild. Southern, and full of the folk wisdom of generations, Gibbons’s voice reveals life’s truths.
Library journal “years from now, these women’s clear, strong words will still be resonating in my mind. Anne tyler, chicago tribune “What a good ear Kaye Gibbons has, and what a good heart. Generations of southern women deal with hard times and heartless men in this “joyous” novel by the New York Times–bestselling author of Ellen Foster The Washington Post Book World.
A Cure for Dreams: A Novel #ad - In 19 vignettes, betty davies Randolph reveals her childhood and her mother’s life along Milk Farm Road. In “a witty and explosive story about men and women, love and laundry, ” Kaye Gibbons paints a portrait of shrewd, bad girls and good girls, resourceful women prevailing through hardships and finding unexpected pleasures along the way: gossip, gambling, and the quiet satisfaction of knowing more than they’re supposed to The Houston Post.
Utterly engaging and convincing” The Boston Globe. In a cure for dreams, the acclaimed author “once again demonstrates her extraordinary talent . . . This episodic novel, gibbons’s third, is set during the Depression in back-country Virginia and Kentucky.
The Book of RuthHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Her small-town characters are as appealingly offbeat and brushed with grace as any found in Alice Hoffman’s or Anne Tyler’s novels. Glamour . It follows ruth grey, who has lost her father to world war iI, a young woman in a tiny Illinois farm town, and constantly faces her unhappy mother’s wrath—when she isn’t being ignored in favor of her math-prodigy brother.
An original voice in fiction and one well worth listening to. The boston sunday globe “unforgettably, Hamilton maps the best and worst of the human heart and all the mysterious, beat by beat, uncharted country in between. Kirkus reviews “Hamilton’s story builds to a shocking crescendo. As ruth navigates her lonely life, she strives to find happiness and pleasure where she can, but the world may conspire to defeat her.
The Book of Ruth #ad - Pen/hemingway award winner: an “enthralling” novel of a woman trapped within a tragically dysfunctional family Entertainment Weekly. From the new york times–bestselling author of the excellent lombards and A Map of the World, this is “an extraordinary story of a family’s disintegration that will be compared to Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres” People.
A sly and wistful, if harrowing, human comedy . . .
Rapture of CanaanBerkley #ad - But the events that follow show Ninah that Gods ways are more mysterious than even Grandpa Herman understands. Try as she might, ninah hasn't succeeded in resisting temptation her prayer partner, James and finds herself pregnant. She fears the wrath of Grandpa Herman, the congregation and of God Himself. At the church of fire and brimstone and Gods Almighty Baptizing Wind, Grandpa Herman makes the rules for everyone, and everyone obeys, or else.
Ellen Foster Oprah's Book ClubAlgonquin Books #ad - The honesty of thought and eye and feeling and word!"--Eudora Welty; "A lovely, breathtaking, sometimes heart-wrenching first novel. Walker Percy. Winner of the american academy of arts and Letters' Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation's Citation for Fiction. A literary guild selection.
An eleven-year-old heroine tells her unforgettable story with honesty, perceptivity, humor, and unselfconscious heroism.
Songs in Ordinary Time: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - A deeply satisfying story” USA Today. Now, marie has met a new man: omar Duvall, who talks about opportunities and riches but so far seems only to sponge off the Fermoyles. Alice’s brother norm is a hotheaded sixteen-year-old, and twelve-year-old Benjy is isolated and full of anxieties, who seem to live an orderly, looking with yearning at the Klubocks next door, peaceful life much unlike his own family’s.
With no help from her alcoholic ex-husband, Marie Fermoyle is raising three children on the edge of poverty. A lonely, desperate single mother like Marie is easy prey for con men, but she resists the temptation to doubt him. A portrait of a family as well as a town and its secrets, Songs in Ordinary Time is “a gritty, beautifully crafted novel rich in wisdom and suspense” The Miami Herald.
Songs in Ordinary Time: A Novel #ad - This new york times bestseller of a troubled family in 1960s Vermont is “teeming with incident and characters, often foolish, even nasty, but always alive” The New Yorker. Young benjy, though, may eventually reveal a disturbing secret that could shatter all her hopes. An oprah’s book club selection from an author nominated for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, it is “extraordinary.
. . Her seventeen-year-old daughter, Alice, is becoming emotionally involved with a local priest in a staunchly Catholic town that disapproves of Marie’s divorce.
Divining Women Gibbons, KayeMarian Wood Books/Putnam #ad - The sheltered child of a well-to-do, freethinking Washington family, Mary comes to help Maureen in the last weeks of her confinement. As maureen's time grows near, she becomes convinced she will die in childbirth. Maureen ross, well past a safe childbearing age, is experiencing a difficult pregnancy. But when mary fights back, releasing a stunning thunderstorm of confrontation and, and Maureen rallies, he begins to go over the edge, ultimately, finding spiritual renewal.
The boston globe hailed on the occasion of My Last Afternoonas "another gift from Kaye Gibbons to the literature celebrating strong women of every age and era. Much the same can be said of Divining Women. Into this loveless ménage arrives Mary Oliver, Troop's niece. Horrified by troop's bullying, she soon discovers that her true duty is to protect her aunt.
Divining Women Gibbons, Kaye #ad - As the influenza spreads and the death toll grows, Troop's spiteful behaviors worsen. In her darkest yet most redeeming novel, Gibbons scorches us with a Þrestorm of despair-and then resurrects love and hope from its very ashes. Autumn 1918: rumors of peace are spreading across America, but spreading even faster are the first cases of Spanish influenza, whispering of the epidemic to come.
. Her husband, troop-cold and careless of her condition-is an emotional cripple who has battered her spirit throughout their marriage.
Charms for the Easy LifeG.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - Margaret struggles toward adulthood in a world torn apart by the Second World War and complicated by her strong-willed mother, Sophia, Charlie Kate, and grandmother, in a story about three generations of passionate, willful Southern women.
The Life All Around Me by Ellen FosterMariner Books #ad - Having already crammed a lot of tragedy, adversity, and trauma into her young years, surely she’s due something. Derek bok about her admission to the ivy League, Ellen is going to continue to cram, while plotting her own deliverance from a town she knows in her heart she’s outgrown. Alice hoffman, in the new york times Book Review, said Ellen Foster “may be the most trustworthy character in recent fiction.
After her debut in kaye gibbons’s ellen foster— awarded the sue kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, and chosen for Oprah Winfrey’s book club—Ellen returns in this unforgettable sequel. In the meantime, she’s got a lot on her plate: composing poetry and selling it to classmates; trying to tactfully back away from a marriage proposal from her best friend; administering compassion to a slow-witted neighbor who’s found herself pregnant; and planning ahead for a writing camp for the gifted.
The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster #ad - Ellen foster, and back in north carolina with a loving new foster mother, fifteen years old, formidable, has written to the president of Harvard, asking for early admission. . The female huck Finn” Bookmarks Magazine. The triumphant return of the new York Times bestselling novel’s orphaned heroine—“the Southern Holden Caulfield .
The Deep End of the Ocean: A Novel Cappadora Family Series Book 1Penguin Books #ad - Both highly suspenseful and deeply moving, the Deep End of the Ocean imagines every mother's worst nightmare—the disappearance of a child—as it explores a family's struggle to endure, even against extraordinary odds. Masterful. A big story about human connection and emotional survival" - los angeles Times The first book ever chosen by Oprah's Book ClubFew first novels receive the kind of attention and acclaim showered on this powerful story—a nationwide bestseller, a critical success, and the first title chosen for Oprah's Book Club.
Filled with compassion, here is a story of rare power, and brilliant observations about the texture of real life, humor, one that will touch readers' hearts and make them celebrate the emotions that make us all one.
Drowning Ruth: A Novel Oprah's Book ClubBallantine Books #ad - 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. 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. 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.
Drowning Ruth: A Novel Oprah's Book Club #ad - But very soon, amanda comes to see that her old home is no refuge--she has carried her troubles with her. 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. 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.
. Amanda starkey spends her days nursing soldiers wounded in the Great War. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut. Winter, 1919.