Mark, a sixty-two-year-old librarian, is verbally abused while camping in the Chaco Canyon National Park. Lacking in courage to confront his tormentors, he packs his things and heads home. Along the way, he reflects that he has been bullied his whole life. The realization throws him into a state of despair. In a dream, a wise man tells him that to gain confidence and self-respect, he must undertake a daring journey into the unknown. Needing inspiration, he visits the public library, where he reads about a man?s winter stay in a Highlands cabin and about invisible eyes stalking him on his way to the outhouse. Deciding that the spying eyes belonged to Pictish ghosts, Mark leaves for Scotland, intending to ask them to reveal the secrets of their ancestors? bravery and courage. After days of exploring Stone Age monuments on the mainland and on the adjacent islands, he encounters Debbie, an American tourist, in the Dunvegan castle. They agree to go on a hike, but she fails to appear. On his last day in the British Islands, he chances upon her at Stonehenge in company of her ex-boyfriend. While her ex-boyfriend leaves to get cigarettes from his car, Mark, strengthened by the lessons taught to him by the Pictish ghosts, asks her to elope with him. He?s proud of himself, for he is showing the daring of a Pict.
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Instant New York Times Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book of 2016 A Time Magazine Top 10 Novel of 2016 A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2016 ´´ Dazzling . . . A profound novel about the claims of identity, history, family, and the burdens of a broken world.´´ -Maureen Corrigan, NPR´ s ´´ Fresh Air´´ In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, ´´Abraham!´´ before ordering him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, Abraham responds, ´´Here I am.´´ Later, when Isaac calls out, ´´My father!´´ before asking him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, ´´Here I am.´´ How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others´? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer´s first novel in eleven years-a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home-and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear. Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers loved in his earlier work, Here I Am is Foer´s most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. It not only confirms Foer´s stature as a dazzling literary talent but reveals a novelist who has fully come into his own as one of our most important writers.
THE UNMISSABLE SEQUEL TO ME BEFORE YOU ´Matches Me Before You . Funny, sad and wise, you´ll be using a hankie as a bookmark´ Mail on Sunday Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she´s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she´s owned for a year still doesn´t feel like home. Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does. But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything. But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she´s going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . . If you loved After You , don´t miss the stunning conclusion to Lou´s story, Still Me - out now. Praise for After You : ´This beautiful story is perfect. Will have you brimming with tears and grinning in equal measure. L-O-V-E´ Closer ´Moyes totally delivers. With its twisty plot, characters you fall in love with, weepy bits and witty bits, this is pretty much perfect´ Glamour ´Wonderfully warm. Moyes manages to break your heart before restoring your faith in love. Unputdownable´ Sunday Express ´Classic Jojo - fans will love it´ Heat ´Satisfyingly brilliant´ Sun ´I read this in one sitting. It is impossible not to root for Lou´ Stylist
Searching for a safe haven for her child sends a woman into the arms of the enemy and in the path of a revolt. All Iris Jenson wants is a safe place to raise her autistic six-year-old son Thomas. She thinks she´s found it on Haven, an Earther colony located within the Kalquorian Empire´s borders. Making a fresh start under the watchful eyes of Earth´s former enemy has its challenges, but it also possesses opportunities to live free of fear, something Iris hasn´t had in a long time. Love is an added surprise when Haven´s governor Dramok Ospar and his clanmates Nobek Jol and Imdiko Rivek enter the young widow and child´s lives. Trouble is brewing on Haven Colony, however. Insurgent Earthers want to free themselves of Kalquor´s influence, and Kalquor itself is on the brink of a revolt, led by the shadowy figure known only as the Basma. Then a violent ghost from Iris´ past reappears and threatens to snatch Thomas from those who love him. Ospar´s clan races against time to save Haven from a bloody rebellion and an innocent child from the grasp of a monster.
Justin and Wiley had never seen the ocean before they joined the Coast Guard after the attack on Pearl Harbor. They would come to know it well. With only a rifle and a dog for company, they patrol the beaches at night, searching for signs of enemy approach while they worry about the folks on the home front and long for the girls they left behind.When the threat of invasion fades, they are assigned to sea duty as gunner?s mates on the Mintaka, a Liberty ship transporting troops and cargo to islands in the Pacific. As the two friends adjust to their new assignment, they meet Cubby and ?Leb, two black members of the crew. Justin is able to confide in Cubby, discussing his concerns about racial tensions at home as he witnesses similar issues aboard the Mintaka. Wiley forms a tenuous bond with ?Leb as he worries about how he will measure up if the time comes.At home or at sea, trouble is never far away. Letters from home offer comfort, but the news is not always reassuring. Justin worries about the racial trouble brewing in Glory, their hometown, while Wiley frets over what Agnes, his headstrong girlfriend might do while he is away.As Cubby tells Justin, ?This war change a lot of things, for sure.?
´´...the snowflakes tumbling from the skies like clumsy, half-frozen bumble bees out of a freezer up in the cloud. There was something in him still that reminded him of the kindness of people, and he let one or two of these snowflakes alight on his hand, and they melted and ceased to exist. How sad, he thought to himself, how just, and yes, how poetic. And he recalled once upon a time being a poet, and that´s when he decided to capture and keep them.´´Withdrawn from the world and searching for a purpose to his existence,The Snowflake Collectordiscoversa way to communicate his understanding of snowflakes, and in the process reconcileshimself with the universe.EDEN miniatures are twelve texts fromEDEN by FREI ? a concept narrative in the here & now about the where, the wherefore and forever, originally published online atEDENbyFREI.net
Shortlisted for Viva la Novella 2018 ´´Insightful and intriguing... a great read.´´ - Alice Grundy, Seizure AN EXCITING, FAST-PACED NOVELLA SET IN DYSTOPIAN AUSTRALIA... Something is awake. An evolving virus threatens humanity. Insidious, unknown, ever-changing. Katherine is sick, and her wife Harriet is searching desperately for a way to save her. But what chance does Harriet have against a virus she cannot see and does not understand? Nonetheless, she strives to find a cure for this virus, no matter the cost. A cost that Lady Trinh, head of the Australian government, cannot bear. From her seat in Brisbane´s protectorate, a pollution-free haven for the lucky few, Lady Trinh will go to any lengths to protect her people from the virus. For her, failure is not an option, and loose threads must be quickly cut. Something is awake. And it wants to feed.