On Canaan's Side
By Sebastian Barry
Barry's A Long, Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture ([EXCELLENT]SELECTION May/June 2009) were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Here, Lilly Bere, 89, mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill, as she delves into the past, relives her journey from Ireland at the end of World War II to America, and re-creates her own life.
A Cupboard Full of Coats
By Yvvette Edwards
Fourteen years after her mother is killed in their East London home, Jinx Jackson is still wracked with guilt for the jealousy that she believed led to the murder. Then Lemon, a man who was also involved in the crime, knocks on the door.
The Stranger's Child
By Alan Hollinghurst
Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty ([EXCELLENT] SELECTION Jan/Feb 2005), about gay love in Thatcher-era London, won the 2004 Booker; here, the author pens a tragic love story and family saga that starts before the first world war and spans almost a century.
The Last Hundred Days
By Patrick McGuinness
In late 1989, an English academic is teaching at a Bucharest university as the revolution draws near. The Communist state is crumbling, and in 100 days filled with chaos, madness, and corruption, the old Bucharest will disappear--forever.
Far to Go
By Alison Pick
When the Nazis invade Czechoslovakia, a young Jewish family and...