No. 1 New York Times bestseller: 'Powerful... Suspenseful... chilling' New York Times Christina Schwarz's bestselling novel DROWNING RUTH is a powerful and shocking psychological drama, not to be missed by readers of Hannah Kent or Sarah Perry. At the close of World War One, Amanda Starkey leaves the city and travels to her family's farm to recover from a broken heart. Instead, she is caught up in a tragedy that will take her sister's life and leave Amanda to raise her niece Ruth. What happened that terrible night when Mattie died? Why does Ruth say she can remember drowning? When the truth is revealed, it is shocking, dramatic, and unforgettable. '[A] gripping psychological thriller' Francine Prose, US Weekly 'A mesmerizing first novel about horrifying family secrets' Anita Shreve 'Riveting... A very suspenseful tale, one that will keep readers up shivering in [the] night' USA Today
Oprah Winfrey is a media messiah for a secular age. This book is an examination of the religious dimensions of Oprah Winfrey's empire, deploying the idiom of US religious history and metrics of religious studies to assess Winfrey's success on the national and international scene.
From the author of Drowning Ruth, a haunting, atmospheric novel set at the closing of the frontier about a young wife who moves to a far-flung and forbidding lighthouse where she uncovers a life-changing secret. In 1898, a woman forsakes the comfort of home and family for a love that takes her to a remote lighthouse on the wild coast of California. What she finds at the edge of the earth, hidden between the sea and the fog, will change her life irrevocably. Trudy, who can argue Kant over dinner and play a respectable portion of Mozart’s Serenade in G major, has been raised to marry her childhood friend and assume a life of bourgeois comfort in Milwaukee. She knows she should be pleased, but she’s restless instead, yearning for something she lacks even the vocabulary to articulate. When she falls in love with enigmatic and ambitious Oskar, she believes she’s found her escape from the banality of her preordained life. But escape turns out to be more fraught than Trudy had imagined. Alienated from family and friends, the couple moves across the country to take a job at a lighthouse at Point Lucia, California—an unnervingly isolated outcropping, trapped between the ocean and hundreds of miles of inaccessible wilderness. There they meet the light station’s only inhabitants—the formidable and guarded Crawleys. In this unfamiliar place, Trudy will find that nothing is as she might have predicted, especially after she discovers what hides among the rocks. Gorgeously detailed, swiftly paced, and anchored in the dramatic geography of the remote and eternally mesmerizing Big Sur, The Edge of the Earth is a magical story of secrets and self-transformation, ruses and rebirths. Christina Schwarz, celebrated for her rich evocation of place and vivid, unpredictable characters, has spun another haunting and unforgettable tale.
Is it possible to be in love with two women at the same time? This is a question Jon has been asking himself frequently these days. He's loved his wife Ginny since the days when a chance encounter in the halls of their high school would leave him unable to speak. But recently Jon has found himself bewitched by Freddi, his colleague at the ad agency, where late-night brainstorming sessions devolve into giggles and sexual attraction. As Jon's guilt becomes all-consuming and Ginny inches closer discovery, a secret kept for thirty years threatens any hope of salvation. Weaving together past and present in a small Midwestern town, Schwarz beautifully conjures the emotional labyrinth of a marriage on the brink of collapse, and a history of love and revenge. From the Trade Paperback edition.
ALL IS VANITY is the second novel by Christina Schwarz, the acclaimed author of number-one bestseller DROWNING RUTH. 'A page-turner' New York Times Book Review As they reach their mid-thirties, Margaret and Letty, best friends since childhood, begin to chafe at their sense that they are not where they ought to be in life. Margaret decides to quit her job and whips out a literary tour de force. But as Letty, a stay-at-home mother of four, begins to feel pressured to make a good showing in the upper-middle-class Los Angeles society, Margaret sees a plot unfolding that's better than anything she could make up. Desperate to finish her book and hungry for acclaim, she pushes Letty to take greater and greater risks and sacrifices one of the things most precious to her... Like DROWNING RUTH, ALL IS VANITY probes into the mysteries of the human heart and uncovers the passions that drive ordinary people to break the rules in pursuit of their own desires.
A Free Sampling of Ten Books Guaranteed to Feed Your Discussion
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Find your group’s next great read with Atria Book Club Bites: a free sampling of ten books guaranteed to feed your discussion. Great books, dear friends, and fascinating conversation are the key ingredients in any book club. To help you decide what to read next, dip into Atria Book Club Bites: a free sampling of ten books guaranteed to feed your discussion. You’ll find excerpts from: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose The Mapmaker’s War by Ronlyn Domingue The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz Bird of Paradise by Raquel Cepeda Out With It by Katherine Preston Whether your club enjoys contemporary women’s fiction, stories with moral and ethical dilemmas, or a fascinating memoir, we’ve got a great book guaranteed to get you talking.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Drowning Ruth vividly evokes the perennially fascinating true crime love affair of Bonnie and Clyde in this suspenseful, gorgeously detailed fictional portrait of Bonnie Parker, one of America’s most enigmatic women. Born in a small town in the desolate reaches of western Texas and shaped by her girlhood in an industrial wasteland on the outskirts of Dallas, Bonnie Parker was a natural performer and a star student. She dreamed of being a movie star or a singer or a poet. But her dramatic nature, contorted by her limited opportunities and her overwhelming love for Clyde Barrow, pushed her into a course from which there was no escape but death. Infusing the psychological acuity of literary fiction with the relentless pacing of a thriller, Along for the Ride follows Bonnie from her bright, promising youth to her final month of shoot-outs, kidnappings, and desperate car chases through America’s hinterland in the grip of the Great Depression, as the noose of the law tightened around her. Enriched by Christina Schwarz’s extensive research in the footsteps of Bonnie and Clyde and written with her powerful sense of place and time, Along for the Ride is a plaintive and page-turning account of a woman destroyed by a lethal combination of longing and love.