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Where the Crawdads Sing

Author: Delia Owens 
For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens. Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste NgWhere the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
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Secrets in Translation

Author: Margo Sorenson  In this celebration of Italian life and culture, seventeen-year-old Alessandra returns for the summer to Italy, where she grew up. Pressured by her parents into babysitting a rebellious twelve year old—ruining holiday plans with newfound American friends—Alessandra resigns herself to a tedious summer in Positano.
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I’m the King of the Castle

Author: Susan Hill  'Some people are coming here today, now you will have a companion.' But young Edmund Hooper doesn't want anyone else in Warings, the rambling Victorian house he shares with his widowed father. Nevertheless Charles Kingshaw and his mother are soon installed and Edmund sets about persecuting his fearful new playmate. From the dusty back rooms of Warings through the gloomy labyrinth of Hang Wood to the very top of Leydell Castle, Edmund pursues Charles, the balance of power slipping back and forth between bully and victim. With their parents oblivious, the situation speeds towards a crisis... Darkly claustrophobic and morally ambiguous, Susan Hill weaves a classic tale of cruelty, power, and the dangerous games we play as children. 'A brilliant tour de force' Guardian 'Equalled for poignancy and horror only in Lord of the FliesSunday Telegraph 'Delves beneath the surface of complex young minds, exposing not only their vulnerabilty and tenderness, their cruelty and malevolence, but also how parents end up turning a blind eye to their pain' Anita Sethi
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Kafka on the Shore

Author: Haruki Murakami  Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down. As their parallel odysseys unravel, cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghost-like pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since World War II. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle - one of many which combine to create an elegant and dreamlike masterpiece.
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An Italian Summer

Author: Fanny Blake  'Intelligent, grown-up and cheering, Fanny has cornered the market in "real" stories told well' - Fern Britton A compelling novel about friendship, family secrets and second chances, set against the backdrop of southern Italy. Sandy is in her fifties, and at a crossroads in her life: she's a teacher and respected by her pupils, but she feels she is being sidelined in favour of younger colleagues. So when her mother dies, leaving her a sealed envelope addressed to an unknown woman living in Naples, Sandy decides to head to Italy to resolve the mystery by delivering the letter herself. She books herself on to a small sightseeing trip from Rome to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, hoping to meet some like-minded people along the way. Who is the mysterious woman she is searching for? And will Sandy find friendship, or even love, along the way...?
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God Help the Child

Author: Toni Morrison  The past has a hold like no other... Toni Morrison's fierce and provocative novel exposes the damage adults wreak on children, and how this echoes through the generations. Sweetness wants to love her child, Bride, but she struggles to love her as a mother should. Bride, now glamorous, grown up, ebony-black and panther-like, wants to love her man, Booker, but she finds herself betrayed by a moment in her past, a moment borne of a desperate burn for the love of her mother. Booker cannot fathom Bride's depths, with his own love-lorn past bending him out of shape. Can they find a way through the damage wrought on their blameless childhood souls, to light and happiness, free from pain?
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The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane

Author: Ellen Berry  ake a trip to the Yorkshire village of Burley Bridge, where a very special little cookbook shop is about to open its doors... In the beginning... Kitty Cartwright has always solved her problems in the kitchen. Her cookbooks are her life, and there isn't an issue that 'Cooking with Aspic' can't fix. Her only wish is that she had a book entitled 'Rustling Up Dinner When Your Husband Has Left You'. Forty years later... On Rosemary Lane, Della Cartwright plans to open a very special little bookshop. Not knowing what to do with the hundreds of cookbooks her mother left her, she now wants to share their recipes with the world - and no amount of aspic will stand in her way. But with her family convinced it's a hare-brained scheme, Della starts to wonder if she's made a terrible decision. One thing's for sure: she's about to find out...
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Unaccustomed Earth (Vintage Contemporaries)

  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307278255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307278258
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
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When I Met Ruhani

Author: Shivani Suchak  Voyaging back home from the pristine views of the Swiss Alps to the colourful but relaxed coastal city – Dar-Es-Salaam – Aditya Sejpal was all set to put his Master’s degree to good use and work hard. Little did he expect, to meet his Ruhani, who instantly resonates with his soul – as her name implies.Let’s face it - it’s hard to find a genuine person in the century of “swipe right” dating, “ghosting” and one-day relationships. Aditya is convinced that Ruhani’s The One, the very first time he hears her soulful singing.Ruhani Kanabar, for her cultural roots and quiet comfort in her own skin, has never found it easy to cope with the facade of censored thoughts and appearances within her tight-knit community. She’s exhausted by the demands of a regressive and condescending society to always maintain the ideal image of a pretty, cultured Indian girl.An untimely meeting with the good-looking – but well-mannered – Aditya, catches Ruhani unprepared. She finds herself masking her feelings, and acting in ways that clash with her tempestuous but tender heart.Why is she acting like that? What could she possibly be hiding? Could it change how Aditya feels about her? Will their soul-connect prove stronger than their circumstances?
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A Rogue of One’s Own

Author: Evie Dunmore  Lady Lucie and her band of Oxford suffragists are finally prepared for a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis and London's undisputed lord of sin, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price - a night in her bed. Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smouldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare. As Lucie tries to outmanoeuvre Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there's truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war . . .
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