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By Carl Weber, Eric Pete. 2015
Travel back to a small Southern town where, before there was Duncan Motors, there were the Duncan brothers: Louis, aka… Sweet Lou, a lover of ladies and life--and a man you did not want to cross; Lawrence, aka Larry, a screw-up as attracted to trouble as it was to him; and Lavernius, better known as LC, the soft-spoken college boy who simply wanted to sell cars. But the Duncan brothers weren't alone at the crossroads. There was also the mysterious and seductive Chippy, a woman who saw a way out of her circumstances and dared to take it. Witness what changed the course of their lives when ambitions intersected with opportunity that came calling one day in the form of a man named Alejandro Zuniga. Welcome to the familiar, but as you've never seen it before. 2015.
By Carla Buckley. 2016
Two cousins, Rory and Arden, lie unconscious in a hospital burn unit. The fire, which broke out in their shared… college dorm room, killed another student, and the police want answers. Tension between Rory and Arden's parents was already at an all-time high before the fire, owing to a recent financial crisis and the decline of the family business. As the parents huddle anxiously in the waiting room, carefully avoiding the subject of their own unravelling relationships, disturbing truths come to light. 2016.
By Lucinda Riley. 2012
Presents the emotionally affecting tale of a young woman, Grania, who flees heartbreak in New York for her family home… on the coast of Ireland. Wandering along a cliff edge in the middle of a storm, Grania meets Aurora, a girl fated to profoundly change Grania's life. 2012.
By Sarah Bird. 2011
By Millenia Black. 2007
Leslie Cavanaugh enjoys the perfect life in West Palm, Florida. She has the best husband, daughter, and career anyone could… ask for. Yet when her shameful past is exposed, she and everyone she holds dear are soon caught in a dramatic maelstrom. 2007.
By Susan Richards Shreve. 1997
Julie’s mother died when Julie was three and her sister just a baby. Since then Julie, now in sixth grade,… has made it a point to be the one her father depends on. When he begins dating the mother of a new boy in her class, Julie feels her world begin to crumble. The boy is even competing with her to be goalie on the soccer team. Grades 4-7. 1997.
By Chelsea Bolan. 2016
Just shy of her fifteenth birthday, Gabriela is cast out of the house for tarnishing the family honour. Furious at… her father and desperate to find Gabriela, her older sister Lucy leaves their small Mexican town, coming face to face with the dark underbelly of Mexico City. Back home, Lucy's parents, brothers, and devious brother-in-law struggle with their own complicity in Gabi's fate. Winner of the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction. 2016.
By Kristin Hannah. 2018
Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move… to Kaneq, Alaska. It's 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of Alaska, the long, cold winters and isolation. Locals want to help out, especially classmate Matthew Walker, who likes everything about Leni. Yet the harsh conditions bring out the worst in Ernt, whose paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what Leni sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. Bestseller. 2018.
By Pearl S Buck. 2005
When O-lan, a servant girl, marries the peasant Wang Lung, she toils tirelessly through four pregnancies for their family's survival.… Reward at first is meagre, but there is sustenance in the land - until the famine comes. Half-starved, the family joins thousands of peasants to beg on the city streets. It seems that all is lost, until O-lan's desperate will to survive returns them home with undreamt of wealth. But they have betrayed the earth from which true wealth springs, and the family's money breeds only mistrust, deception - and heartbreak for the woman who had saved them. Followed by "Sons". Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Originally published in 1931, 2005. (Good earth trilogy ; 1)
By Peter Carver, Teresa Toten. 2001
Dani Webster had played the Game with her sister Kelly for as long as she could remember - they had… been on a quest to vanquish evil. But everything is hazy now as she recovers from substance abuse at a psychiatric hospital for 'teens with problems'. Dani must confront a deeper emotional trauma - one which she can neither explain nor recognize - to face her family's deep dysfunctions and eliminate the Game for her life forever. For senior high students. Some strong language. 2003.
By Anne Enright. 2007
Veronica - once an attention-deprived middle child among 12 siblings, and now an unfulfilled wife and mother - has come… to London to claim the body of her beloved yet estranged brother Liam, who drowned himself at sea. As the nine surviving members of the Hegarty clan converge in Dublin for Liam's wake, Veronica wants to protect the past - and the secret of what transpired in her grandmother's house during the winter of 1968. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007 Man Booker Prize. 2007.
By Susin Nielsen-Fernlund. 2010
Violet's TV-director dad has traded a job in Vancouver for one in LA, their old house for a sleek ranch-style… home, and, worst of all, Violet's mother for an actress trophy wife. Violet's younger sister reacts by bed-wetting, her mother dates loser after loser looking for love, and Violet just gets angry. But when her mother takes up with the unfortunately named Dudley Wiener, Violet and her friend Phoebe decide to help her snag George Clooney. Grades 5-8. 2010.
By Marian Hale. 2006
In 1900, sixteen-year-old Seth's father moves the family to the booming port city of Galveston, Texas, for better opportunities. After… a destructive hurricane, Seth joins the reconstruction efforts, deepening his resolve to be a carpenter like his father rather than to attend college. Grades 5-8. 2006.
By Glen Duncan. 2004
Nathan Clark is a recently deceased history teacher who appears at his own funeral, hovering over the mourners, and tuning… into the thoughts of his father, his wife, his college-age son, and his 17-year-old daughter. A terrible sadness surrounds these characters, not only because of Nathan's untimely end but also because of the recent violent death of Lois, Nathan's youngest child. As he attempts to order his memories, Nathan ponders the many facets of his love for his wife and children, and attempts to solve the mystery of his own death and that of Lois. 2004.
By Marilyn Halvorson. 1988
When his grandmother dies, 16-year-old Dare fears that he and his brother, 12-year-old Ty, will be put in foster homes.… They are taken in by a teacher, Laura McConnell. Ty, quiet and studious, settles into his new life, but rebellious Dare is haunted with the belief that he was responsible for his mother's death. Junior and Senior High. 1988.
By Michael Ondaatje. 2007
California, 1970s. A man who lost his wife in childbirth is raising his two daughters, Anna and Claire, and tending… his farm with the help of a young man, Coop, who he has more or less adopted. When the older Anna, and Coop fall into a sexual relationship and are discovered, the man becomes violent and Anna and Coop flee forever. The force of this event on how these three individuals lead the rest of their lives is the tripartite tale followed over the course of the next several years. Winner of the 2007 Governor General's Award for Fiction. 2007.
By Elaine Crowley. 1984
Ireland, 1837. On the eve of her wedding ,Katy O'Donnell meets and falls in love with the best friend of… her husband-to-be. In the grip of their grand passion they sweep aside all objections and marry. A story of two families, one rich, the other poor, and the devastation of a village as it falls under the shadow of famine. 1984.
By Anne Tyler. 1982
Pearl Tull, now in her eighties and blind, listens as her favourite son, Ezra, reads from her diaries kept over… the last thirty five years. As the reminiscences unfold one is aware of the changing relationships between the feuding members of the family: the eldest son Cody who is lured by power and money, her paediatrician daughter Jenny, and the fatalistic Ezra, who is the envy of Cody and the butt of his cruel practical jokes. Some strong language. 1982.
By Beverly Cleary. 1983
In his letters to his favourite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the… new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world. Newbery Medal winner. Grades 4-7. 1983.
By Jacqueline Wilson. 2007
Discovered as a newborn baby in a dustbin, April's life has never been easy. Moved from place to place, she… has little sense of who she really is. After a row on the morning of her 14th birthday, April storms out determined to look back at her past and find out where she really comes from. Junior High. 2007.