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By K. E. Silva. 2006
When Jean Sousa's uncle, a high-ranking politician on the fictional Caribbean -island of Baobique, is diagnosed with brain cancer, Jean… is forced to reconcile difficult family relationships and her place among them.
By Marilyn French. 2013
Sisters, daughters, mothers, wives--Marilyn French's life-affirming saga celebrates four generations of women With Bella Dabrowski close to death, her daughter… Anastasia, who has reinvented herself as Stacey Stevens, is trying to penetrate the longstanding barriers between them to understand the woman who gave her life.Through the eyes of Stacey, a divorced, feminist New York photographer, we get to know Bella, a remarkable woman, wife, and mother. The daughter of Polish immigrants, Bella, who renamed herself Belle, clawed her way out of poverty and settled into a middle-class existence.Shifting perspectives between the two women, the reader is drawn into Belle's life through the lean years of the Depression as well as Stacey's recollections of her youthful marriage, a lesbian affair, and her tempestuous relationship with her own daughter, Arden. One of French's most ambitious works, Her Mother's Daughter explores the complex, indestructible bonds between daughters and mothers.
By Alain De Botton. 2016
In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children -- but no relationship… is as simple as "happily ever after." The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. With philosophical insight and psychological acumen, Alain de Botton shows that our Romantic dreams may do us a grave disservice -- and explores what the alternatives might be. The conclusion, as the characters gradually discover, is that love is not "an enthusiasm," but rather a "skill" that must be slowly and often painfully learnt. This is a Romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term.
By William C. Sailor. 2013
This is the story of a young whistleblower, Stanley Hall, who ends up changing "business as usual" at a nuclear… weapons laboratory. His story, prior to being in the bomb business, includes periods of euphoria and recklessness followed by extreme grief and remorse. In his darkest hours he becomes concerned with greater moral good. At the Fairfield National Laboratory, he can either "play nice" or risk his career by reporting the fraud and abuse that is in front of him. His dilemma is further complicated by the close personal relationships that he has with some of the people he works with, whom he considers to be his friends.
By Michel Tremblay. 1972
Raucous, reckless, and rude, the women of Les Belles Soeurs shamelessly share their most secret hopes and fears, complain stridently… about their friends and relatives, and fantasize wistfully about escaping the misogynist drudgery of their lives. With the premiere of this play in 1968, Joual, the distinctive Québec vernacular, was legitimized, and Tremblay became "the father of the Québécois language."