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The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. by Carole DeSanti

To read an interview with the author, see a schedule of events, and explore other features, visit “Epic times make for epic books. The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. is both sweeping in scope and painstaking in detail. Eugénie R.’s story, from naïve goose girl to resilient survivor, makes for wonderful, suspenseful reading.”—Karen Joy [...]

We the Animals by Justin Torres

Introduction Three brothers tear their way through childhood—smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn—he’s Puerto Rican, she’s white—and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes [...]

My American Unhappiness by Dean Bakopoulos

Introduction “Why are you so unhappy?” That’s the question that Zeke Pappas—a thirty-three-year-old widower and scholar who directs the Great Midwestern Humanities Initiative—asks almost everybody he meets as part of an obsessive project, “The Inventory of American Unhappiness.” Yet he remains delightfully oblivious to the increasingly harsh realities that threaten his own life, opting instead [...]

Becoming George Sand by Rosalind Brackenbury

Introduction Maria Jameson is having an affair—a passionate, life-changing affair. She asks: Is it possible to love two men at once? Must this new romance mean an end to love with her husband? For answers, she reaches across the centuries to George Sand, the maverick French novelist who took many lovers. Immersing herself in the [...]

The Guru of Love by Samrat Upadhyay

  About The Guru of Love From the acclaimed author of Arresting God in Kathmandu, The Guru of Love is the engrossing story of a fevered love triangle set in contemporary Nepal. Ramchandra, a quiet math teacher, reluctantly enters into an adulterous relationship, and soon his double lives disastrously converge. Ramchandra finds himself trapped — [...]

The Winter Queen by Jane Stevenson

  About The Winter Queen An immensely moving account of a strange and magical interracial love affair, The Winter Queen illuminates the Netherlands of the seventeenth century. In the dark ambiance of the time, the exiled Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia and Pelagius, a West African prince and former slave, fall in love and secretly marry. [...]

The Obituary Writer by Porter Shreve

  Downloadable Guide for Group Discussion and Classroom Use “A fine novel, whose surprises are—very pleasingly—inevitable and right.” —Charles Baxter “It’s a delightful read, the kind of book one simply wants to nestle into . . . The reader is propelled forward quite willingly through the book’s own special world.” —Elizabeth Strout “It’s a gem [...]

Mr. Wroe's Virgins by Jane Rogers

  Questions for Discussion We hope the following questions will stimulate discussion for reading groups and provide a deeper understanding of Mr. Wroe’s Virgins for every reader. 1. Why are we shown the same events from four different points of view? How do the different voices and perspectives of Leah, Joanna, Hannah, and Martha help [...]

The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall

  Questions for Discussion 1. The Wind Done Gone is a novel written in the form of a first-person diary. How would you describe Cynara’s voice? How does her language evolve over the course of the book? 2. Mammy is a very complex character: a lover, friend, mother, nurse, and possible murderer. To whom does [...]

Gatsby's Girl by Caroline Preston

  “Preston employs immaculate research and a rich imagination . . . A fascinating rendering of the tragedy that was Fitzgerald’s life and of the young woman who was the catalyst for so much of his glorious body of work.” — Library Journal, starred review About the Book She was two months past her sixteenth [...]