Born in jail to a convict mother, raised in a workhouse and now seeking a new life as a servant to a Victorian scientist, Cora Burns tries to comprehend where her inner violence began. Was it in the womb or was it in the world?
What if mythical creatures really existed? It’s 1819. A French explorer and his assistant have discovered a cave in the Russian wilderness. Inside are children with animal traits...or are they animals with human traits? And what can he do to protect them?
Eighteen-year-old Deya is an orphaned Arab-American who dreams of college. But her grandmother Fareeda has other plans: Deya’s future lies in marriage to the right man. Thanks to a tip-off from a mysterious, familiar-looking woman, Deya is about to learn some shocking truths about her family which make her question everything she knows…
Caught in the captivating yet dangerous allure of her eccentric father, a young Deborah Lott learned how to have fun but also how to fear contamination and infection from the wider world. This coming of age memoir explores how, with the help of Moby Dick and a journey into sexual pleasure, the author narrowly avoided sharing her father’s plummeting descent into deep psychosis.
In this Victorian bildungsroman, John Halifax is an orphan determined to make a success of himself through honest hard work. Apprenticed by the tanner Abel Flecher, John is befriended by Abel’s invalid son who narrates John’s rising fortunes in business and in love, through the Industrial Revolution.
Mik has skated on thin ice his entire life. Forced out of his aunt’s home in icy, northern Sweden, Mik journeys through forests, train lines, rapids and waterfalls on a mission to find his home at last.
Banjo Grease is about life and death in a mill town where at each epiphany and rite of passage, the narrator yields a ration of innocence. When exchanging naivete for worldliness, what is lost in denying one's past?