“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.
A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait,
Set during the harrowing, final moments of World War II, Polish resistance fighter Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks intending to destroy a German troop transport, but six-year-old Gretl Schmidt’s unscheduled train bound for Auschwitz reaches the bomb first. Gretl is the only survivor.
Though spared from the concentration camp, the orphaned German Jew finds herself now lost in a hostile country. When Jakób discovers her, guilt and compassion prompt him to hide and protect Gretl in his home concealed from his Catholic family. For years, the young man and little girl form a bond over the secrets they must hide from the world.
He was the brother of “the Arab” killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus’s classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling’s memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous: he gives his brother a story and a name—Musa—and describes the events that led to Musa’s casual murder on a dazzlingly sunny beach.
In a bar in Oran, night after night, he ruminates on his solitude, on his broken heart, on his anger with men desperate for a god, and on his disarray when faced with a country that has so disappointed him.
Douglas Petersen may be mild mannered, but
behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that,
against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into
a second date . . . and eventually into marriage.
Now, almost three decades after their relationship
first blossomed in London, they live more or
less happily in the suburbs with their moody
seventeen-year-old son, Albie.
Then Connie tells Douglas that she thinks she wants a divorce.
The timing couldn’t be worse. Hoping to encourage her son’s artistic
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When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather,
who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs, is
found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan
inherits the decades-old business. But his
grandfather has left the family estate to a stranger
thousands of miles away, Seda, an aging woman in a retirement home in
Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole
lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteenyear-
old daughter, Maribel, sustains a terrible
injury, one that casts doubt on whether she’ll ever be the same. And so,
leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single
dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel
can get better.
When Mayor Toro, whose family is from Panama, sees Maribel in a Dollar
Tree store, it is love at first sight.