The Grass Harp Vintage International

A superlative book. ”. As they pass sweet yet hazardous hours in a china tree, The Grass Harp manages to convey all the pleasures and responsibilities of freedom. But most of all it teaches us about the sacredness of love, “that love is a chain of love, as nature is a chain of life. This volume also includes capote’s A Tree of Night and Other Stories, which the Washington Post called “unobtrusively beautiful.

. Set on the outskirts of a small southern town, The Grass Harp tells the story of three endearing misfits—an orphaned boy and two whimsical old ladies—who one day take up residence in a tree house.

Alice I Have Been: A Novel

Tom Thumb. That story, a wild tale of rabbits, and a precocious young child, queens, becomes a sensation the world over. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey.

. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. A love story and a literary mystery, alice i have been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire.

And as alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war. For alice, for she is the mother of three grown sons, the stakes could not be higher, soldiers all. Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, to the world around her, she knows that, she is and will always be only “Alice. Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met—a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places. Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a joyous celebration of life’s infinite possibilities.

More praise:"Phaedra Patrick understands the soul. Eccentric, charming, and wise…The Curious Charms is not just for those who are mourning over love or the past. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a. M. Miriam, just as he did when his wife, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, Frederica, waters his fern, and heads out to his garden.

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. This book will illuminate your heart. Nina george, benedict stone, new york times bestselling author of The Little Paris BookshopLook for Phaedra Patrick's latest perfectly charming read, Rise and Shine, out now! .

Tender, and surprising… arthur pepper will instantly capture the hearts of readers who loved Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, insightful, Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop, and Antoine Laurain’s The Red Notebook.

After Rain: Stories

In 2002 he was knighted for his services to literature. Trevor wrote eighteen novels and novellas, and hundreds of short stories, for which he has won a number of prizes including the Hawthornden Prize, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the David Cohen Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime's literary achievement.

Twelve remarkable stories by the master storyteller William Trevor. Last stories is forthcoming from Viking. There is no better short story writer in the English-speaking world. Wall street journal in this collection of twelve dazzling, acutely rendered tales, William Trevor plumbs the depths of the human heart.

Here we encounter a blind piano tuner whose wonderful memories of his first wife are cruelly distorted by his second; a woman in a difficult marriage who must choose between her indignant husband and her closest friend; two children, survivors of divorce, who mimic their parents' melodramas; and a heartbroken woman traveling alone in Italy who experiences an epiphany while studying a forgotten artist's Annunciation.

My fiction may, illuminate aspects of the human condition, now and again, but I do not consciously set out to do so. Conscious or not, he touches us in ways that few writers even dare to try. Trevor is, in his own words, "a storyteller.

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant: A Novel

New york times bestseller “funny, heart-hammering, wise…An extremely beautiful book. The new york times“a book that should join those few that every literate person will have to read. The boston globe abandoned by her wanderlusting husband, stoic Pearl raised her three children on her own. And ezra, runs a restaurant where he cooks what other people are homesick for, the flawed saint of the family, who stayed at home to look after his mother, stubbornly yearning for the perfect family he never had.

Now gathered during a time of loss, they will reluctantly unlock the shared secrets of their past and discover if what binds them together is stronger than what tears them apart. Thrice-married Jenny is errant and passionate. Hardened by life’s disappointments, wealthy, charismatic Cody has turned cruel and envious.

In dinner at the homesick Restaurant Tyler has arrived at a new level of power. John updike, the new yorker “Marvelous, hilarious, astringent, and strewn with the banana peels of love. Cosmopolitan. Soulful and redemptive—full of heartbreak and hope—this portrait of a family will remind you why Anne Tyler is one of the most beloved writers working today.

Now grown, the siblings are inextricably linked by their memories—some painful--which hold them together despite their differences.

Other Voices, Other Rooms Vintage International

Truman capote’s first novel is a story of almost supernatural intensity and inventiveness, an audacious foray into the mind of a sensitive boy as he seeks out the grown-up enigmas of love and death in the ghostly landscape of the deep South. At the age of twelve, Joel Knox is summoned to meet the father who abandoned him at birth.

What he finds instead is a sullen stepmother who delights in killing birds; an uncle with the face—and heart—of a debauched child; and a fearsome little girl named Idabel who may offer him the closest thing he has ever known to love. But when joel arrives at the decaying mansion in Skully’s Landing, his father is nowhere in sight.


Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel

Engaging. Kirkus reviewsFrom the Trade Paperback edition. Join the random house Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. There comes a moment in every novelist’s career when she. Taken as a whole, quindlen’s writings represent a generous and moving interrogation of women’s experience across the lines of class and race.

. Still life with bread Crumbs proves all the more moving because of its light, sophisticated humor. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. Anna quindlen’s marvelous romantic comedy of manners is just such a book. Quindlen’s least overtly political novel, it packs perhaps the most serious punch.

. The protagonist’s photographs are celebrated for turning the ‘minutiae of women’s lives into unforgettable images, ’ and Quindlen does the same here with her enveloping, sure-handed storytelling. People“Charming. A hot cup of tea of a story, smooth and comforting about the vulnerabilities of growing older.


The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen

And when a sweet and sassy widow moves in next door, and determines to savor every ounce of joy in the time he has left, he polishes his shoes, grooms what's left of his hair, with hilarious and tender consequences. A bestselling phenomenon that has captured imaginations around the world, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen is inspiring, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny with a deep and poignant core: a page-turning delight for readers of any age.

He begins writing an exposé: secretly recording the antics of day-to-day life in his retirement home, or his fellow "inmates, where he refuses to take himself, " too seriously. With an eccentric group of friends he founds the wickedly anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club--"Rule #3: No Whining Allowed"--and he and his best friend, gleefully stir up trouble, Evert, enraging the home's humorless director and turning themselves into unlikely heroes.

But at age 83 1/4, this feisty, indomitable curmudgeon has no plans to go out quietly. A #1 international bestseller in the vein of fredrik Bachman's A Man Called Ove: an irresistible, charming, and tender-hearted tale about friendship, love, funny, and an old man who is young at heart. Funny and frank. A story with a great deal of heart.

Graeme simsion, new york times bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECTTechnically speaking, Hendrik Groen is.

Ragtime: A Novel Modern Library 100 Best Novels

Morgan, and emiliano zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined family and other fictional characters, Sigmund Freud, Evelyn Nesbit, including an immigrant peddler and a ragtime musician from Harlem whose insistence on a point of justice drives him to revolutionary violence.

Selected by the modern library as one of the 100 best novels of all timePublished in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. And almost magically, between real and imaginary characters, the line between fantasy and historical fact, disappears. An extraordinary tapestry, ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.

The story opens in 1906 in new Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. P. Henry ford, Emma Goldman, J. One lazy sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house.

Wonderland The Wonderland Quartet Book 4

Spanning from the great depression to the turbulent Vietnam War era, Wonderland is the epic account of Jesse Vogel, a boy who emerged from a family tragedy with his life spared but his world torn apart. As an adult, jesse must summon the strength to reach across the “generation gap” and rescue his endangered teenaged daughter, who has fallen into the drug-infused 1960s counterculture.

Hailed by library journal as “the greatest of Oates’s novels, ” Wonderland is the capstone of a magnificent literary excursion that plunges beneath the glossy surface of American life. The books that complete this acclaimed series, Expensive People, A Garden of Earthly Delights, and them, are also available from the Modern Library.

Wonderland is the final novel in Joyce Carol Oates’s Wonderland Quartet. Joyce carol oates’s wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. Orphaned after watching his father murder his entire family, Jesse embarks on a personal odyssey that takes him from a Dickensian foster home to college and graduate school to the pinnacle of the medical profession.


Christmas at The New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, and Art

White to garrison keillor, these works represent eighty years of wonderful keepsakes for Christmas, from The New Yorker to you. Millard fillmore revere?/on her calendar, Christmas comes three hundred and sixty-five times a year”. J. From the pages of america’s most influential magazine come eight decades of holiday cheer—plus the occasional comical coal in the stocking—in one incomparable collection.

Sublime and ridiculous, sentimental and searing, Christmas at The New Yorker is a gift of great writing and drawing by literary legends and laugh-out-loud cartoonists. Here, too, are S. B. From jazz age to New Age, E. Here are seasonal stories, how he would god-rest those merry gentlemen, poems, ” about an elevator operator in a park avenue apartment building who experiences the fickle power of charity; john updike’s “The Carol Sing, how he would boom out when the male voices became King Wenceslas”; and Richard Ford’s acerbic and elegiac 1998 story “Crèche, ” in which a group of small-town carolers remember an exceptionally enthusiastic fellow singer “How he would jubilate, including such classics as John Cheever’s 1949 story “Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor, and more, memoirs, ” in which an unmarried Hollywood lawyer spends an unsettling holiday with her sister’ s estranged husband and kids.

Perelman’s 1936 “waiting for santy, ” a playlet in the style of clifford odets labor drama the setting: “the sweatshop of Santa Claus, North Pole”, and Vladimir Nabokov’s heartbreaking 1975 story “Christ-mas, ” in which a father grieving for his lost son in a world “ghastly with sadness” sees a tiny miracle on Christmas Eve.

And it wouldn’t be christmas—or the new yorker—without dozens of covers and cartoons by Addams, or the mischievous verse of Roger Angell, Arno, Calvin Trillin, and others, Chast, and Ogden Nash “Do you know Mrs.