Braille Book Review

January-February 2005
Books for Adults--Fiction


The King in the Tree: Three Novellas BR 14853
by Steven Millhauser
2 volumes
Three novellas centering on illicit love. In the title piece, the king's counselor deplores the queen's affair but doesn't tell her husband. In Revenge a widow remembers her husband's infidelities and wants to punish his mistress. In An Adventure of Don Juan, the Spanish rake discovers unrequited love in England. Strong language. 2003.

The Big Sky BR 14920
by A.B. Guthrie
4 volumes
1830s. Seventeen-year-old Boone Caudill leaves Kentucky and heads west after trying to kill his strict father. Traveling the Missouri River to the Rockies, Boone joins other mountain men, takes a native wife, and becomes as harsh as the wilderness. Foreword by Wallace Stegner. Some violence and some strong language. 1947.

The Mill on the Floss BR 14969
by George Eliot
5 volumes
Classic Victorian novel about Maggie Tulliver, a young woman from a working-class family in a small English town, who is dominated by her coarse older brother. In her pursuit of beauty and love, Maggie finds herself rejected by her brother and condemned by the respectable townspeople. 1860.

Reflecting the Sky BR 14972
by S.J. Rozan
3 volumes
Private investigator Lydia Chin and her partner, Bill Smith, are hired by a Chinatown elder in New York City to travel to Hong Kong to deliver an old friend's ashes, a letter to the dead man's brother, and a keepsake to his grandson. When they arrive, they find the apartment ransacked and the youngster kidnapped. 2001.

A Dark Devotion BR 14975
by Clare Francis
4 volumes
London attorney Alex O'Neill returns to her home village to help childhood friend Will Dearden find his missing wife, Grace. As Alex joins the investigation she uncovers Grace's true nature, her late father's secrets, and the solution to her marriage problems. Some strong language. 1997.

Eat Cake BR 14979
by Jeanne Ray
2 volumes
Beleaguered housewife Ruth Hopson is suddenly saddled with an unemployed husband, estranged parents who both need temporary refuge, and a sullen teenage daughter. Her solution is to bake. Includes recipes. Some strong language. 2003.

Bret Harte's Gold Rush: Outcasts of Poker Flat, The Luck of Roaring Camp, Tennessee's Partner, and Other Favorites BR 14981
by Bret Harte
2 volumes
Fifteen stories set in California during the 1850s Gold Rush. Archetypal characters--gold-fevered pioneers, gamblers, preachers, drunkards, cattle-robbers, and iron-willed women-- experience twists of fortune and the realities of frontier life. Reuben H. Margolin introduces the collection, which spans the career of this author, poet, and literary critic. 1997.

Pool Boy BR 14985
by Michael Simmons
1 volume
Spoiled California teen Brett must forego his wealthy lifestyle after his dad goes to prison for insider trading and his family has to survive on reduced income. Brett takes a job cleaning pools and learns to adjust to his new circumstances. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Invisible Man BR 14988
by Ralph Ellison
4 volumes
Classic novel of a young black man's search for identity. Follows the unnamed protagonist from his youth in a Southern town through the depression years in Harlem, where he examines and rejects the values thrust on him by both whites and blacks. Some strong language. National Book Award 1953. 1947.

An Unthymely Death: And Other Garden Mysteries BR 14995
by Susan Wittig Albert
2 volumes
Collection of ten mysteries--including four never before published--featuring herb shop owner and sometimes-sleuth China Bayles as well as other familiar characters from Pecan Springs, Texas, portrayed in the author's earlier tales. Also includes story-linked tidbits and digressions on herbal lore, recipes, and creative ideas for the home. 2003.

Ragtime in Simla BR 15080
by Barbara Cleverly
3 volumes
Himalayas, 1922. British detective Joe Sandilands, from The Last Kashmiri Rose (BR 14693), is en route to Simla when his traveling companion is shot exactly where a a murder occurred one year before. He investigates local residents, including several conniving English businesswomen, one of whom is the previous victim's sister. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

A Faint Cold Fear BR 15088
by Karin Slaughter
3 volumes
Georgia coroner Sara Linton and her ex-husband, detective Jeffrey Tolliver, investigate a series of suicides--or murders--at the local college. And Sara's pregnant sister is attacked on the campus, where an untrustworthy former policewoman now works. Sequel to Kisscut (BR 14576). Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

June in Winter BR 15092
by Patricia Anne Phillips
2 volumes
At the hospital where African American real estate broker Tracey Woods learns her husband, Donald, died in an auto accident, a stranger informs her that Donald was having an affair. Grief becomes anger as Tracey moves on with her life, helped by her family and another chance at love. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

­ Caliente! The Best Erotic Writing in Latin American Fiction BR 15098
edited by J.H. Blair
2 volumes
Anthology of literary depictions of sexual experiences by authors such as Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel, Carlos Fuentes, Ana Castillo, Oscar Hijuelos, Julia Alvarez, and Mario Vargas Llosa. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale BR 15101
by Holly Black
2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Kaye, the daughter of a wannabe rock singer now living at the Jersey shore, has been visited by faeries all her life. She discovers that she is a changeling with a special destiny that includes a handsome knight and a war. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2002.

Safe Harbour BR 15104
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
After losing her husband and son, Ophélie Mackenzie and her eleven-year-old daughter, Pip, spend a summer at the beach where Pip befriends lonely artist Matt Bowles. Matt and Ophélie find solace together through heartache and betrayal until romance replaces their grief. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Secret Father BR 15126
by James Carroll
3 volumes
Germany, 1961. Three American teenagers--Michael, Rick, and Kit-- venture into East Berlin, where they are detained by the secret police. Michael's father and Rick's German mother rush to rescue them. But Rick has information that will endanger everyone. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

No Graves as Yet: A Novel of World War I BR 15128
by Anne Perry
3 volumes
England; June, 1914. Reverend Joseph Reavley, a professor at Cambridge, and his brother Matthew, an intelligence officer, investigate their parents' suspicious deaths. Their father, a former politician, had alerted them that he possessed a secret document that is now missing. Meanwhile, a pacifist student at the university is murdered amidst rumors of war. 2003.

The Way of All Flesh BR 15129
by Samuel Butler
4 volumes (Reissue)
Late-Victorian novelist's satirical depiction, partly autobiographical, of the relations between Ernest Pontifex and his pious, self-righteous parents. Being the son of a middle- class English clergyman and a sanctimonious mother makes for an unhappy childhood, followed by dismal university years and an unsuitable marriage. Literature--and an aunt's bequest--become his salvation. 1903.

Say When BR 15130
by Elizabeth Berg
2 volumes
Frank Griffin's wife, Ellen, informs him one morning that she has fallen in love with another man--and wants a divorce. Numbed by the revelation but unwilling to leave his eight-year-old daughter, Griffin refuses to move out, creating an awkward living situation rectified only when he reevaluates life and love. Some strong language. 2003.

Property BR 15133
by Valerie Martin
2 volumes
1828. An unsentimental monolog in which a southern slaveholder laments her miserable existence on a sugarcane plantation. Manon Gaudet detests her husband and resents his affair with their servant, Sarah. Self-absorbed, Manon is caught off-guard by an impending slave rebellion. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

Prodigal Summer BR 15136
by Barbara Kingsolver
4 volumes
At Zebulon Mountain in southern Appalachia, reclusive ranger Deanna Wolfe allows young hunter Eddie Bondo into her cabin and private space. In the valley, two other women redefine their roles while championing ecological issues. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Liars and Saints BR 15143
by Maile Meloy
2 volumes
During World War II French-Canadian Catholic Yvette marries an American fighter pilot and settles in California. Years later when one of her teenage daughters becomes pregnant Yvette passes the baby off as her own son. Ultimately the family's falsehoods create problems for the next five decades. 2003.

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ BR 15150
by Lew. Wallace
5 volumes
Accused of attempting to assassinate the new governor of Jerusalem, Judah Ben-Hur is sentenced to life as a galley slave. Intermingled with the account of his escape and revenge against the friend who betrayed him is the story of Jesus, who changes Ben-Hur's world forever. Includes an introduction by Tim LaHaye. 1880.

Blessed Are the Cheesemakers BR 15154
by Sarah-Kate Lynch
3 volumes
Abbey returns to her grandfather's cheese-making farm in Ireland after twenty-four years of separation. Also arriving is just- fired New York stockbroker Kit Stephens, who goes there to dry out and get his life together. The two fall in love at the eccentric homestead. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Where Are the Children? BR 15161
by Mary Higgins Clark
2 volumes
Nancy Eldredge moves across America to Cape Cod to escape a terrible secret in her past. Remarried, she begins to live happily again until her two children disappear, linking her past and present once more. 1975.

The Deep: And Other Stories BR 15163
by Mary Swan
2 volumes
Canadian writer's evocative collection of fourteen short stories of time and emotion, love and loss. Includes O. Henry Prize- winning "The Deep," about twin sisters who volunteer to tend soldiers in France at the close of World War I, and other stories, many of them rooted in history. 2003.

On Treacherous Ground: Secret Stories of the West BR 15165
by Earl Murray
2 volumes
Ten short stories spanning two centuries of the American West. In "Untold Honor," soldiers escorting pioneer wagons prepare for a showdown with the Sioux Indians. Also includes "On Treacherous Ground"--a modern tale of lawlessness set in the 1990s. 2002.

The Farther You Run BR 15203
by Davida Wills Hurwin
2 volumes
Eighteen-year-old Samantha has a hard time adjusting to life without her friend, Juliana, who died of cancer in A Time for Dancing (BR 10714). But Samantha meets Mona in summer school. They graduate, get jobs, boyfriends, and an apartment, and Samantha learns to cope. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Beast BR 15204
by Walter Dean Myers
1 volume
When sixteen-year-old Spoon receives a scholarship to a New England prep school, he leaves Harlem and his girlfriend Gabi behind. Returning home at Christmastime, Spoon discovers that Gabi is a drug addict and that he is no longer in step with street life. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Snobbery with Violence BR 15209
by Marion Chesney
2 volumes
Captain Harry Cathcart, impoverished youngest son of a baron and fresh from the Boer War, becomes a private investigator for the wealthy. After a murder at a weekend house party Harry receives assistance from Lady Rose Summer, whom he has previously saved from seduction. Some strong language. 2003.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips BR 15211
by James Hilton
1 volume
Chronicles sixty years in the life of Mr. Chipping, an English schoolmaster who arrives at exclusive Brookfield in 1870 with much enthusiasm but little experience. At first unpopular, Mr. Chips eventually develops a more personal relationship with his students and becomes a legend by the time they must say goodbye. 1933.

Bad Business BR 15276
by Robert B. Parker
2 volumes
Boston private detective Spenser, last seen in Back Story (BR 14638), is hired by Marlene Rowley to track her philandering husband, Trenton, CFO of an energy firm. Trenton's subsequent murder at his office leads Spenser to investigate a wife-swapping ring and corporate corruption. Strong language. Bestseller 2004.

The Lady and the Unicorn BR 15278
by Tracy Chevalier
2 volumes
Paris, 1490. Handsome, seductive painter Nicolas des Innocents is commissioned to design tapestries by nobleman Jean Le Viste. As the intricate design of the unicorn weaving develops, so does romance between Nicolas and Jean's daughter, Claude. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2004.

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