Eighteen-year-old Deya is an orphaned Arab-American who dreams of college. But her grandmother Fareeda has other plans: Deya’s future lies in marriage to the right man. Thanks to a tip-off from a mysterious, familiar-looking woman, Deya is about to learn some shocking truths about her family which make her question everything she knows…
Caught in the captivating yet dangerous allure of her eccentric father, a young Deborah Lott learned how to have fun but also how to fear contamination and infection from the wider world. This coming of age memoir explores how, with the help of Moby Dick and a journey into sexual pleasure, the author narrowly avoided sharing her father’s plummeting descent into deep psychosis.
In this Victorian bildungsroman, John Halifax is an orphan determined to make a success of himself through honest hard work. Apprenticed by the tanner Abel Flecher, John is befriended by Abel’s invalid son who narrates John’s rising fortunes in business and in love, through the Industrial Revolution.
Mik has skated on thin ice his entire life. Forced out of his aunt’s home in icy, northern Sweden, Mik journeys through forests, train lines, rapids and waterfalls on a mission to find his home at last.
Banjo Grease is about life and death in a mill town where at each epiphany and rite of passage, the narrator yields a ration of innocence. When exchanging naivete for worldliness, what is lost in denying one's past?
When Bernetta loses her private school scholarship after allegations of 'cheating' she's determined to raise the money needed to get her back in. Should she turn to her new con artist friend? Or use her 'magic'?