Grace's sister is murdered, and while the crime is supposedly solved, she can't accept that the case is officially closed. Taking a job at the private high school she recently graduated from, Grace becomes increasingly obsessed with identifying and punishing the real killer.
by Barbara Bradford
A sweeping, multi-generational saga set on the eve of WWI. Two entwined families: the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns, who serve them. Cavendon Hall is a grand imposing house in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. But the year is 1913, and soon life as the two families know it is about to change irrevocably.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg
Mrs. Threadgoode's tale of Idgie and Ruth, two high-spirited women in Alabama during the 1930s, helps Evelyn, a 1980s woman in a sad slump of middle age, to begin to rejuvenate her own life.
The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy
A brilliant social satire by Nobel Prize-winning author John Galsworthy, this monumental saga chronicles the lives of three generations of an upper-middle class London family obsessed with money and respectability.
City on Fire
by Garth Risk Hallberg
From post-Vietnam youth culture to the fiscal crisis, from a lushly appointed townhouse on Sutton Place to a derelict squat on East 3rd Street, this city on fire is at once recognizable and completely unexpected. And when the infamous blackout of July 13th, 1977 plunges it into darkness, lives will be changed, irrevocably.
Gone With the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
A spoiled young Southern belle vows to rebuild her family plantation home after the Civil War and is swept off her feet by a man who infuriates her.
by Elizabeth Wilhide
An epic saga of the upstairs and downstairs residents of an English country house which spans some 240 years and includes the stories of its original architect, a Victorian family that shared four decades of family history, soldiers billeted in the house during World War I, and a young couple who restores the house in the 1950s.
by Jami Attenberg
Grand, bigmouthed, bighearted Mazie Phillips spends her days as proprietress of the Venice, an old-line New York City movie theater, and her nights on the town. Then the Great Depression hits, and she opens the Venice to anyone in need. Based on a true story, Mazie's rise to "sainthood" is unforgettable
East Wind, West Wind
by Pearl S. Buck
Kwei-lan, a girl from a traditional upper class home, is given in an arranged marriage to a man who has traveled in the western lands and learned European/American ways. Love slowly develops between them as she tries to adapt her cloistered upbringing and traditions to his modern ideas.
Pillars of the Earth
by Ken Follett
A spellbinding epic set in 12th century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known-and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.
by Julie Garwood
In the shadows of the confessional, a madman reveals his plan for murder, pulling Father Thomas Madden into a twisted game by disclosing the intended victim is Tom's sister, Laurant. To protect her, Tom calls upon his best friend, FBI agent Nick Buchanan. As an attraction grows between Laurant and Nick, so does the danger -- and one false move will cost both of them everything.
by Kaui Hart Hemmings
A descendant of royalty and one of the largest landowners in Hawaii, Matthew King struggles to deal with his out-of-control daughters--ten-year-old Scottie and seventeen-year-old Alex--as well as his comatose wife, whom they are about to remove from lifesupport.
by Jane Smiley
On their farm in Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by values that they pass on to their five wildly different children. Each chapter covers a single year, beginning in 1920, as American soldiers like Walter return home from World War I, and going up through the early 1950s, with the country on the cusp of social and economic change. As the Langdons branch out from Iowa to both coasts of America, the personal and the historical merge seamlessly.
Truth According to Us
by Anne Barrows
Layla, the daughter of a powerful Senator, refuses to marry the man he chose for her, and is forced to get a job. Her life is upended as she moves in with the odd Romeyn family. A fixture in the town, the Romeyn's have a knotty history, and Layla's presence brings to light truths that will change each of their lives forever.
by Jackie Collins
While navigating a feud with a rival family, Lucy Santangelo faces additional challenges when her daughter becomes the "It" girl of Europe's modeling world and her son Bobby is set up for a murder he didn't commit. But Lucky is strong, and with her husband, Lennie, by her side, she always comes out on top.
by Anne Fortier
When Julie Jacobs leaves for Italy per the instructions of her late aunt's will, she never imagines that she'll be thrust into a centuries-old feud, not to mention one of the most legendary romances of all time.
by Alex Hale
Tracing his ancestry through six generations back to Africa, Alex Haley discovered a sixteen-year-old youth, Kunta Kinte. It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and in torment and anguish brought to the slave markets of the New World, who held the key to Haley's deep and distant past.
The Thorn Birds
by Colleen McCullough
The epic story of a priest torn between God and human passion and a beautiful girl desiring only what she cannot have, spanning five decades of ambition, fear, longing and revenge, and set against the vast horizons of Australia's Outback.
by Maggie Shipstead
Possessing a Harvard education and all of the accoutrements of a privileged life, Winn Van Meter attends the wedding of his eldest daughter, which is scandalized by the bride's advancing pregnancy, her sister's broken heart and the seductive machinations of wedding party members.