A World Full of Strangers

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480435759
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Fiction

A multigenerational saga of an immigrant Jewish family in America—from Hester Street to San Francisco—by a New York Times–bestselling author. Katie Kovitz is seventeen years old when her mother dies. Leaving London for New York Harbor during the bitter winter of 1932, the anxious and uncertain young girl relies on the kindness of strangers for refuge. Welcomed into the home of her Polish mother’s closest childhood friend, Katie is embraced by her new family in a country warm with hope and opportunity. There, on Hester Street in the Jewish ghetto of the city’s Lower East Side, Katie finally establishes the roots that will come to define her. In New York, Katie also finds her future in three people who will change her life in ways she never anticipated: David, the man she marries, a ruthless achiever willing to abandon his heritage to secure power and prosperity under a new name; Mark, their resolute and devout son, and the embodiment of everything his father hates and rejects; and Maggie, a San Francisco beauty who helps to mold David into the man he’s always wanted to be, whatever the cost. As dreams and desires collide, and as Katie strives to reclaim her own lost identity, a series of events will forever affect the ambitions, promises, and legacies of an American family. From the prewar ghettos of Manhattan to the glittering hills of postwar San Francisco, author Cynthia Freeman follows the destinies of three generations of a resilient family, their intimate struggles, and personal triumphs, and brings to vivid life the soul and spirit of the extraordinary Jewish immigrant experience in America.

Illusions of Love

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480435681
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Fiction

Do we make our own destinies? Can we alter the courses of our lives?Cynthia Freeman’s New York Times bestselling novel will resonate with anyone who has ever dreamed of a second chance Twenty-five years ago, Martin Roth made the most difficult decision of his life. He gave up the girl he loved, married a different woman, and raised a family. But he’s just been given another shot at happiness. Sylvia has loved Martin since she was a young girl. They have two great children and a wonderful life together—until a love from Martin’s past threatens everything she’s worked so hard to build. Jenny McCoy can’t believe she and Martin have found each other again—but she’s never gotten over his cruel betrayal. Is she ready to forgive the sins of the past for a second chance? Moving between countries and across time, Illusions of Love tells the story of a man, his heritage, and the crisis of faith that brings his life to a crossroads.

A Discovery Of Strangers

Author: Rudy Wiebe
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 9780307367143
Release Date: 2011-06-01
Genre: Fiction

A Discovery of Strangers is a story--based on true events--of love and innocence, murder, greed and passion set within the terrifying, fragile Arctic landscape. In 1820, John Franklin's small group of British officers and Canadian voyageurs, on their first expedition to search for a route through the incomprehensible North, encounter the Yellowknife Indians -- and Greenstockings, fifteen-year-old daughter of Keskarrah, elder of the Yellowknife, meets young Robert Hood, son of a Lancashire clergyman. Wordless, they devise a language of their own as their two worlds clash. From the Hardcover edition.

Der Ruf der Stille

Author: Michael Finkel
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 9783641169244
Release Date: 2017-09-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Sehnsucht nach Stille - wie Christopher Knight 27 Jahre in der Wildnis lebte. Im Sommer 1986 begibt sich Christopher Knight auf einen Roadtrip von Massachusetts nach Maine und verschwindet in den Wäldern. 27 Jahre lang bleibt er dort, abgeschieden von der Welt, ohne menschlichen Kontakt, bis er wegen Diebstahls gefasst wird: Er hatte Essen geklaut. In einem einfachen Zelt überlebte Knight die härtesten Winter, weil er klug wie ein Eichhörnchen Vorräte gebunkert und alles darauf ausgerichtet hatte, nicht zu erfrieren. In den nahegelegenen Ferienhäusern versorgte er sich mit Lebensmitteln, Kleidung und Büchern und verstörte als unheimliches Phantom die Bewohner von North Pond. Der Journalist Michael Finkel hat das außergewöhnliche Leben des Chris Knight dokumentiert. Entstanden ist eine fesselnde Story, die den fundamentalen Fragen über ein gutes Leben nachgeht und das tief bewegende Porträt eines Mannes hinterlässt, der sich seinen Traum erfüllte: ein Leben in absoluter Stille.

Seasons of the Heart

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480435698
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Fiction

Set against the backdrop of World War II and beyond, Seasons of the Heart tells the enthralling, inspiring story of a woman determined to prevail in both good times and bad In 1941, with America at war, Ann Pollock falls in love. Handsome, charming attorney Phillip Coulter is everything she could want in a man and mate. But soon after they marry, Phillip leaves to fight for his country. When he comes home, he’s a stranger, his body and spirit broken in a Japanese POW camp. It is only Ann’s indomitable will and determination to succeed against all odds that keeps her family together. But her newfound career as a real-estate agent takes a toll on her marriage and especially on her daughter, Evie. And then, at an age when such things are not supposed to happen, Ann finds what she had never dared to dream of: the second great love her life . . .

No Time for Tears

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480435704
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Fiction

Cynthia Freeman’s bestselling historical novel is a richly layered saga that follows an extraordinary Jewish family as they emigrate from Europe to the emerging nation of Israel and to America Chavala Rabinsky is sixteen when her mother dies and she becomes the caretaker of her five siblings. Beautiful and wise beyond her years, Chavala catches the eye of Dovid Landau, a poor cobbler whose dreams transform her life when he marries her. But Odessa, Russia, is a dangerous place in 1905. The Landaus flee the pogroms of their homeland for Ottoman-ruled Palestine—until escalating violence forces the family to become wanderers again. Rich in passion and scope, No Time for Tears sounds a call of love and liberation that will ring out for generations to come.

Come Pour the Wine

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480435711
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Freeman’s powerful tale of a woman in search of her sacred heritage, who must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice for love Nineteen-year-old Janet Stevens leaves Wichita, Kansas, for New York—and a glamorous career as a model. Manhattan in the 1950s is a heady place for a sheltered Midwesterner. A new friend helps her discover her forefathers’ faith, but from the moment she sees Bill McNeil at a party, Janet senses she’s found her future. When they marry, she believes she’s finally gotten what she always wanted—not fame or fortune, but the love that will fulfill and sustain her as nothing else ever could. From the passionate throes of youth to the stings and shocks of middle age, Come Pour the Wine draws a brilliant portrait of a marriage and a family in search of its roots, written with Cynthia Freeman’s trademark insight and compassion.

When Strangers Meet

Author: Kio Stark
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104904009
Release Date: 2017-02-23
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Kio Stark schreibt in ihrem TED Book ›When strangers meet. Über Begegnungen, die unser Leben bereichern‹ über die unsichtbaren Mechanismen und Bedeutungen von ›street interaction‹. Immer sind wir in Eile. Die Augen fest auf das Smartphone gerichtet. Nur selten sind wir aufnahmebereit für etwas Neues oder jemand Unbekanntes. Doch ein Kontakt mit Fremden unterbricht die Routine des Alltags, er kann kreative Energien freisetzen, die Welt öffnen und die Beziehung zu den Orten festigen, an denen wir uns gerade aufhalten. Kio Stark zeigt ganz konkret, wie wir mit Fremden ins Gespräch kommen können, und hat einige abenteuerliche Aufgaben für die Mutigen unter uns parat.

Des Fremden Kind

Author: Alan Hollinghurst
Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag
ISBN: 9783641076085
Release Date: 2012-09-03
Genre: Fiction

Im Sommer 1913 verbringt der junge aristokratische Dichter Cecil Valance ein Wochenende bei der Familie seines Cambridge-Kommilitonen George Sawle. Besonders Georges kleine Schwester Daphne ist sofort von dem gut aussehenden Gentleman eingenommen, und Cecil widmet ihr ein Gedicht. Es wird zum lyrischen Symbol einer ganzen Generation. Nach Cecils Tod im Ersten Weltkrieg ranken sich immer neue Mythen und Geheimnisse um die Person und das Werk des Dichters. Cecils Leser und sogar seine Familie stehen vor einem Rätsel. In den folgenden Jahrzehnten werden nicht nur Daphne und George, sondern vor allem Cecils literarischer Nachlass von Öffentlichkeit, Biografen und Wissenschaft instrumentalisiert – entsprechend der jeweiligen literarischen und kulturellen Mode der Zeit. Doch dann macht sich ein junger Literaturfreund daran, Cecils Geheimnis zu lüften, und ein Antiquar macht eine überraschende Entdeckung ... Ein sinfonischer Roman um eine schillernde und geheimnisvolle Figur – brillant erzählt in sinnenfreudigen Bildern und kommentiert mit ironischem Witz.

Das Haus am Ende der Welt

Author: Paul Tremblay
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641239756
Release Date: 2019-06-10
Genre: Fiction

Eine abgelegene Ferienhütte am See in den Wäldern New Hampshires: Hier wollen Eric und Andrew gemeinsam mit ihrer siebenjährigen Adoptivtochter Wen eine Woche Urlaub machen. Kein Smartphone, kein Internet – nur Ausspannen und Zeit mit der Familie verbringen. Mit der Idylle ist es dann aber schnell vorbei, als eines Tages vier merkwürdige, bis an die Zähne bewaffnete Gestalten auftauchen. Sie versprechen, die junge Familie nicht zu verletzen. Sie sagen, dass sie Hilfe brauchen. Doch die vier verbergen ein dunkles Geheimnis und für Eric, Andrew und Wen beginnt der schlimmste Albtraum ihres Lebens ...

Fremder in einer fremden Welt

Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641032739
Release Date: 2009-10-02
Genre: Fiction

Der Mann vom Mars Die erste Mars-Expedition ist auf dem roten Planeten abgestürzt, und erst zwanzig Jahre später erreichen erstmals wieder Menschen den Nachbarplaneten. Sie finden Michael Valentine Smith, einen jungen Mann, der als Kind die Katastrophe überlebt hat und von Marsianern erzogen wurde, und nehmen ihn mit zur Erde. Die Heimatwelt seiner Eltern ist für ihn eine fremde, unverständliche Welt, und er verwendet seine mentalen Kräfte dazu, sie zu verändern. Damit wird er für die einen zum Messias, und für die anderen zu einem Feind, den man mit allen Mitteln bekämpfen muss ...

The Last Princess

Author: Cynthia Freeman
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480435674
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Fiction

The New York Times–bestselling novel of a forbidden 1920s romance between a rebellious society woman and a Jewish writer from the author of No Time for Tears. In this evocative around-the-world tale of star-crossed love, Cynthia Freeman—the beloved author celebrated for her deft storytelling and understanding of family dynamics—takes readers on a whirlwind romance from Manhattan to Hollywood to the Israeli desert. Beautiful and well-bred, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, Lily Goodhue is a woman who, on the surface, has everything. Her impending marriage to the handsome scion of a distinguished New York family was to be the wedding of the decade. People called it a match made in heaven. Yet beneath the dazzling façade, she is haunted by a devastating childhood tragedy and a deep yearning for true love, for someone who will want her simply for who she is. It all appears to Lily one day, like the sun emerging from behind the clouds, when she meets Harry Kohle, an aspiring young writer and the son of a banker. Enthralled and blinded by love, Lily breaks off her engagement, runs off with Harry, and never looks back, dedicating herself to a love against all odds. Their act of passion will leave them both disinherited, facing the challenge of living a marriage day by day, through thick and thin, as the glittering Prohibition era gives way to the crushing years of the Great Depression and beyond. It is a love that will prove to be Lily’s greatest trial—and triumph. With the same “heartfelt, almost inspirational prose” that made No Time for Tears an unforgettable read, The Last Princess is a ravishing, complex love story and a moving testament to the human spirit’s ability to overcome life’s sorrows (The New York Times Book Review).

Sommer in Maine

Author: J. Courtney Sullivan
Publisher: Paul Zsolnay Verlag
ISBN: 9783552062184
Release Date: 2013-01-28
Genre: Fiction

Ein Sommer in Maine, vier Frauen und ihre Abgründe: Alice, die oft streng und unnahbar wirkt, würde alles dafür geben, eine einzige tragische Nacht in ihrem Leben ungeschehen zu machen, aber auch Tochter Kathleen, Enkelin Maggie und die scheinbar so perfekte Schwiegertochter Ann Marie, die am liebsten Puppenhäuser bastelt, haben panische Angst davor, dass ihre dunklen Geheimnisse ans Licht kommen könnten. Doch die Wogen gehen hoch zwischen den ungleichen Frauen, und die Fassaden bröckeln ... Eine meisterhaft erzählte Familiengeschichte in der Tradition der großen amerikanischen Romanciers.

Make Your Home Among Strangers

Author: Jennine Capó Crucet
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781466865044
Release Date: 2015-08-04
Genre: Fiction

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, winner of the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-themed Fiction 2016, Longlisted for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Named a best book of the season by Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, Bustle,NBC Latino and Men's Journal The arresting debut novel from award-winning writer Jennine Capó Crucet When Lizet-the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school-secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college, her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami. Just weeks before she's set to start school, her parents divorce and her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and Leidy-Lizet's older sister, a brand-new single mom-without a steady income and scrambling for a place to live. Amidst this turmoil, Lizet begins her first semester at Rawlings College, distracted by both the exciting and difficult moments of freshman year. But the privileged world of the campus feels utterly foreign, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. Struggling both socially and academically, she returns to Miami for a surprise Thanksgiving visit, only to be overshadowed by the arrival of Ariel Hernandez, a young boy whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft. The ensuing immigration battle puts Miami in a glaring spotlight, captivating the nation and entangling Lizet's entire family, especially her mother. Pulled between life at college and the needs of those she loves, Lizet is faced with difficult decisions that will change her life forever. Urgent and mordantly funny, Make Your Home Among Strangers tells the moving story of a young woman torn between generational, cultural, and political forces; it's the new story of what it means to be American today.

Kingdom of Strangers

Author: Zoë Ferraris
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316201766
Release Date: 2012-06-05
Genre: Fiction

A secret grave is unearthed in the desert revealing the bodies of 19 women and the shocking truth that a serial killer has been operating undetected in Jeddah for more than a decade. However, lead inspector Ibrahim Zahrani is distracted by a mystery closer to home. His mistress has suddenly disappeared, but he cannot report her missing since adultery is punishable by death. With nowhere to turn, Ibrahim brings the case to Katya, one of the few women in the police department. Drawn into both investigations, she must be increasingly careful to hide a secret of her own. Portraying the lives of women in one of the most closed cultures in the world, award-winning author Zoë Ferraris weaves a tale of psychological suspense around an elusive serial killer and the sinister forces trafficking in human lives in Saudi Arabia.