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"There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers. And yet we played on, because we had hope that we might be the lucky ones."

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the... View details

At the turn of the century, an aging fisherman and his wife decided to take in lodgers for extra money. Both were born and raised in the fishing village of Yeongdo—a five-mile-wide islet beside the po...
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"A big, sprawling saga of a novel" (San Francisco Chronicle), this epic family drama is a masterwork by the revered author of The Great Santini.

Pat Conroy's classic novel stings with honesty and resounds with drama. Spanning forty years, it's the s... View details

It was five o’clock in the afternoon Eastern Standard Time when the telephone rang in my house on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. My wife, Sallie, and I had just sat down for a drink on the porch ov...
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In this instant New York Times bestseller and "multigenerational narrative that's nothing short of brilliant" (People), two sisters' lives from the 1950s to the present are explored as they struggle to find their places-and be true to themselves-in a... View details

The four Kaufmans stood at the curb in front of the new house on Alhambra Street, as if they were afraid to set foot on the lawn, even though Jo knew they could. The lawn belonged to them now, along w...
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Instant New York Times Bestseller

Longlisted for Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

2020 New England Society Book Award Winner for Fiction

"The Guest Book is monumental in a way that few novels dare attempt." -The Washington Post... View details

THE FALL HAD TURNED to winter and then back again without conviction, November’s chill taken up and dropped like a woman never wearing the right coat until finally December laughed and took hold. Then...
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In the bestselling tradition of Frank Delaney, Colleen McCullough, and Maeve Binchy comes a poignant historical family saga set against the Famine.

In a hidden Ireland where fishermen and tenant farmers find solace in their ancient faith, songs, sto... View details

AH, THE SUN. Rising for me alone—the only one awake to see dawn fire the clouds and watch Galway Bay turn from gray to blue. Thank you, God, for this perfect summer’s morning, for the sand of the Silv...
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A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction

A Recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction

A Finalist for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction ... View details

How far away from your father can you run? The boy disappeared into the corn, the green blades whisking and whispering as he raced down each canopied lane. The stalks snagged him once, twice, and he c...
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From Calabria to Connecticut: a sweeping family saga about sisterhood, secrets, Italian immigration, the American dream, and one woman's tenacious fight against her own fate

For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Stella's childhoo... View details

THE VILLAGE OF IEVOLI, wedged into the cliff face on the highest plateau of a moderately sized mountain in central Calabria, was never very large. When Stella Fortuna was a little girl, in the days wh...
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"A big sweeping novel of friendship and marriage" (The Washington Post) by the celebrated author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini

Leopold Bloom King has been raised in a family shattered-and shadowed-by tra... View details

Nothing happens by accident. I learned this the hard way, long before I knew that the hard way was the only path to true, certain knowledge. Early in my life, I came to fear the power of strange conve...
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A "vivid and entertaining" (Chicago Tribune) tale about the tangled history of two families, from the author of The Forty Rules of Love and The Architect's Apprentice

"Zesty, imaginative . . . a Turkish version of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club." -USA T... View details

No matter what might pour down, no matter how heavy the cloudburst or how icy the sleet, you should never ever utter profanities against whatever the heavens might have in store for us. Everybody know...
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"Emotionally engaging… [A] romantic page-turner." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"A sexy, suspenseful, gorgeously written book." -Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep

A propulsive novel about sex, love, family, money, class, home, and horses -... View details

I was fifteen years old when my parents sent me away to the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls. The camp was located in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, concealed in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You could dr...
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