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From the award winning author of A Soft Place to Land and A Place at the Table comes a tale of three vibrant and unique Southern women—Louise, Caroline, and Missy—as their lives intersect in unexpected and extraordinary ways. From the outside, Louise Parker seems like a proper Southern matron. But inside, Louise seethes. She’s thwarted by her seemingly perfect husband, frustrated with her talented but rebellious daughter, scarred by her philandering father, and exasperated by her unstable mother. Louise simply doesn’t know how to stop playing the role she’s been starring in for her entire life. A gifted actress, Louise’s daughter Caroline can make any character seem real when she takes the stage. But Caroline is lost when it comes to relationships, especially when dealing with her mother. When Caroline’s young, handsome drama teacher seduces her, she can’t resist. But her forbidden affair will lead Caroline to a different kind of stage, with a new audience. Missy loves Jesus nearly as much as she misses her father, a part-time minister who deserted his family when Missy was three. She accompanies her mother to work as a maid at the Parker residence, for two reasons: to help her mother to clean the house and to save the Parkers’ irreverent son Charles. By turns hilarious and poignant, this is a richly compelling debut novel of family, friendship, and folly.
Antonya Nelson is known for her razor-sharp depictions of contemporary family life in all of its sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious complexity. Her latest novel has roots in her own youth in Wichita, in the neighborhood stalked by the serial killer known as BTK (Bind, Torture, and Kill). A story of wayward love and lost memory, of public and private lives twisting out of control, Bound is Nelson's most accomplished and emotionally riveting work. Catherine and Oliver, young wife and older entrepreneurial husband, are negotiating their difference in age and a plethora of well-concealed secrets. Oliver, now in his sixties, is a serial adulterer and has just fallen giddily in love yet again. Catherine, seemingly placid and content, has ghosts of a past she scarcely remembers. When Catherine's long-forgotten high school friend dies and leaves Catherine the guardian of her teenage daughter, that past comes rushing back. As Oliver manages his new love, and Catherine her new charge and darker past, local news reports turn up the volume on a serial killer who has reappeared after years of quiet. In a time of hauntings and new revelations, Nelson's characters grapple with their public and private obligations, continually choosing between the suppression or indulgence of wild desires. Which way they turn, and what balance they find, may only be determined by those who love them most.
When he is challenged by his son to reclaim his legendary status, Tiger faces a threat to his idyllic life with Del that is occasionally interrupted by sword-dancers seeking to punish him for forsaking the oaths of the circle.
Held by the terms of her indentured servitude all her life, Alice Cole finds herself torn between her new master and a life-long friend, a situation that forces her to run away to Boston, where she learns a new trade at the side of compassionate friends. By the author of The Widow's War. 25,000 first printing.
Born into servitude, Jenna Riggs never knew what it was like to live a life of her choosing. When she is given the opportunity to do so, she learns a life of one's choosing is often a life paid for in blood. A soldier in the Great United Republic's space corps and trained to fight its most deadly adversaries, Riggs is now an ex-convict and wants nothing more than to put the past behind her. She finally, it seems, has the opportunity to do that; to live the life she only previously dreamed of living. There isn't much she wants, but for her, a woman created and raised to do the bidding of her government, that little bit is everything. Unfortunately, factions in the government believing she and her kind are a threat to their plans seek to rectify the situation and Riggs is forced to choose between a life lost and a life unwanted. Working for corporations in the de facto Commerce War, Riggs discovers that whatever decisions she makes only pulls her farther into an intergalactic intrigue where she is forced to question the very nature of her being while fighting for the survival of everything she cherishes.
YOUNG XING XING IS BOUND. Bound to her father's second wife and daughter after Xing Xing's father has passed away. Bound to a life of servitude as a young girl in ancient China, where the life of a woman is valued less than that of livestock. Bound to be alone and unmarried, with no parents to arrange for a suitable husband. Dubbed "Lazy One" by her stepmother, Xing Xing spends her days taking care of her half sister, Wei Ping, who cannot walk because of her foot bindings, the painful but compulsory tradition for girls who are fit to be married. Even so, Xing Xing is content, for now, to practice her gift for poetry and calligraphy, to tend to the mysterious but beautiful carp in her garden, and to dream of a life unbound by the laws of family and society. But all of this is about to change as the time for the village's annual festival draws near, and Stepmother, who has spent nearly all of the family's money, grows desperate to find a husband for Wei Ping. Xing Xing soon realizes that this greed and desperation may threaten not only her memories of the past, but also her dreams for the future. In this searing story, Donna Jo Napoli, acclaimed author of Beast and Breath,delves into the roots of the Cinderella myth and unearths a tale as powerful as it is familiar.
In a world of the future, Quincy Alexander engages in a deadly contest of wits with the technocratic world government; finds a remote celestial hideaway that is anything but deserted; suffers a dangerous attraction to a mysterious woman.

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