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Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Sleep Toward Heaven. The New York Post named Ward one of five Writers to Watch in 2003.
This is a story about lost children and the inability to accept their disappearance. It’s highly intriguing and told with great subtlety. It is the sort of American novel that conjures atmosphere and emotion in easy strides and carries you effortlessly through a thrilling and complex tale. Thoroughly enjoyable.Comparison: Alice Hoffman, Anita Shreve, Joshilyn Jackson .Similar this month: Kate Long.
Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach. Carla is a strong-willed young girl who's had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carla's grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands-and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, facing great peril for the chance at a better life. Poignant and arresting, The Same Sky is about motherhood, resilience, and faith - the story of two very different families on both sides of the American border.
In Close Your Eyes, the author of the bestselling How to Be Lost spins another mesmerizing tale of buried family secrets.For most of her life, Lauren Mahdian has been certain of two things: that her mother is dead, and that her father is a murderer.Before the horrific tragedy, Lauren led a sheltered life in a wealthy corner of America, in a town outside Manhattan on the banks of Long Island Sound, a haven of luxurious homes, manicured lawns, and seemingly perfect families. Here Lauren and her older brother, Alex, thought they were safe.But one morning, six-year-old Lauren and eight-year-old Alex awoke after a night spent in their tree house to discover their mother's body and their beloved father arrested for the murder.Years later, Lauren is surrounded by uncertainty. Her one constant is Alex, always her protector, still trying to understand the unraveling of his idyllic childhood. But Lauren feels even more alone when Alex reveals that he's been in contact over the years with their imprisoned fatherand that he believes he and his sister have yet to learn the full story of their mother's death.Then Alex disappears. As Lauren is forced to peek under the floorboards of her carefully constructed memories, she comes to question the version of her history that she has clung to so fiercely. Lauren's search for the truth about what happened on that fateful night so many years ago is a riveting tale that will keep readers feverishly turning pages.From the Hardcover edition.
From the award-winning author of `Forgive Me' and `How to be Lost' comes a brilliant first collection of short stories. Linking stories about love, identity and motherhood, the collection includes `Miss Montana's Wedding', the prize-winning short story that launched Amanda Eyre Ward's career in 1999. From the award-winning author of FORGIVE ME and HOW TO BE LOST comes this first collection, LOVE STORIES IN THIS TOWN. Linking stories about love, identity, and motherhood in a changing world, the collection includes `Miss Montana's Wedding,' the prize winning short story that launched Amanda Eyre Ward's career in 1999.
Nadine Morgan travels the world as a journalist, covering important events and following dangerous leads. Since an assignment in Cape Town ended in tragedy and regret, Nadine has not returned to South Africa or opened her heartuntil she hears the story of Jason Irving. Jason, an American student, was beaten to death by angry local youths at the height of the apartheid era. Years later, his mother is told that Jasons killers have applied for amnesty. Jasons parents pack their bags and fly from Nantucket to Cape Town. Filled with rage, Jasons mother resolves to fight the murderers pleas for forgiveness.As Nadine follows the Irvings to beautiful, ghost-filled South Africa, she recalls a time when the pull toward adventure and intrigue left her with a broken heart. Haunted by guilt and a sense of remorse, and hoping to lose herself in her coverage of the murder trial, Nadine grows closer to Jasons mother as well as to the mother of one of Jasons killerswith profound consequences. Gripping, darkly humorous, and luminous, FORGIVE ME is an unforgettable story of dreams and longing, betrayal and redemption.From the Compact Disc edition.
In Gatestown, Texas, twenty-nine-year-old Karen awaits her execution on Death Row. In New York, Franny, a doctor the same age, plans her wedding and tries to resist the urge to run. In Austin, Celia, a beautiful young librarian, mourns her lost husband. Over the course of one summer, the three women's disparate lives intertwine. Karen, Franny and Celia all struggle to find their place in a world where nothing is sure, as they move towards one night that will change them all forever. A heart-stopping page-turner about love and forgiveness, Sleep Toward Heaven is unforgettable. Praise for Sleep Toward Heaven'Ward's no-nonsense, unflinching prose and her complex but never confounding structure make this novel very tough to put down. But her greater triumph is her ability to humanize all these characters.'Pam Houston, O The Oprah Magazine'It's funny and sad and redemptive. Read it now. Thank me later.'Jennifer Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of Good in Bed and In Her Shoes'Women's Death Row as you have never seen it; hauntingly rich, wise and sharply etched.' James Ellroy'How do we forgive the unforgivable? First-time novelist Ward explores this question with a delicate blend of compassion, humour and realism-Her spare but psychologically rich portraits are utterly convincing.' Publishers Weekly