The story of Ruth and her sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt.
Three sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a cliff in the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper report does not mention that a fourth sister lives, or that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship.
Two young men-- one of them on death row for a crime he did not commit-- forge a bond as they grow to realize the importance of resisting. A young teacher must examine his family’s expectations against his own sense of what is right. Life in 1940’s Louisiana sheds light on our history of racism.
About the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery, the story of the black farmer and former slave who becomes proprietor of his own plantation and owner of his own slaves.
In 1974 Manhattan, a radical young Irish monk struggles with personal demons while making his home among Bronx prostitutes, a group of mothers shares grief over their lost Vietnam soldier sons, and a young grandmother attempts to prove her worth.
Forced into an overcrowded lifeboat after a mysterious explosion on their trans-Atlantic ocean liner, newly widowed Grace Winter battles the elements and her fellow survivors and remembers her husband, Henry, who set his own safety aside to ensure Grace's.
No longer a footnote to Frank Lloyd Wright, Mamah Borthwick Cheney shines in this blend of fact and fiction. The dramatic love story reveals the profound influence of the woman who left her family to live out her passion, in spite of public disgrace.