Daughter of Troy: A Magnificent Saga of Courage, Betrayal, Devotion, and Destiny by Sarah B. Franklin Requirements: ePUB/ PDF Reader, 1.9 MB Overview: The rightful-born queen of Lyrnessos, Briseis watched helplessly from the battlements as her husband and brothers were crushed by the invincible army of King Agamemnon. Taken into slavery, the proud, beautiful seer became the prize of Prince Achilles, the conquering Greeks’ mightiest hero. But passion forged chains stronger than any iron, binding the hearts of captive and captor with a love that knew no equal, and when Troy fell, great Achilles promised his beloved Briseis would reign at his side as queen of Thessaly. Yet the jealousy of a ruthless king and the whims of the capricious deities would deny the lovers their happiness. As the flames of war rose higher around them, the prophetess vowed to save the beloved warrior for whom her dark gift foretold doom — even if it meant defying the gods themselves. Genre: Fiction | General Fiction/Classics
Dreamland by Rosa Rankin-Gee Requirements: .ePUB reader, 3.4 MB Overview: ‘You said that you would come back. You looked me in the eye and said that. Well, if you had, this is what you would have seen: soft wood, black cracks, fridges in the road. The broken spines of old rides at Dreamland.’
In the coastal resort of Margate, hotels lie empty and sun-faded ‘For Sale’ signs line the streets. The sea is higher – it’s higher everywhere – and those who can are moving inland. A young girl called Chance, however, is just arriving.
Chance’s family is one of many offered a cash grant to move out of London – and so she, her mother Jas and brother JD relocate to the seaside, just as the country edges towards vertiginous change.
In their new home, they find space and wide skies, a world away from the cramped bedsits they’ve lived in up until now. But challenges swiftly mount. JD’s business partner, Kole, has a violent, charismatic energy that whirlpools around him and threatens to draw in the whole family. And when Chance comes across Franky, a girl her age she has never seen before – well-spoken and wearing sunscreen – something catches in the air between them. Their fates are bound: a connection that is immediate, unshakeable, and, in a time when social divides have never cut sharper, dangerous. Genre: Fiction > General
This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI reader, 2.3mb Overview: A dazzling novel from bestselling writer Maggie O’Farrell, winner of the Costa Novel Award—an irresistible love story that crisscrosses continents and time zones as it captures an extraordinary marriage, and an unforgettable family, with wit, humor, and deep affection.
Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn, and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex–film star given to pulling a gun on anyone who ventures up their driveway. Claudette was once the most glamorous and infamous woman in cinema before she staged her own disappearance and retreated to blissful seclusion in an Irish farmhouse.
But the life Daniel and Claudette have so carefully constructed is about to be disrupted by an unexpected discovery about a woman Daniel lost touch with twenty years ago. This revelation will send him off-course, far away from wife, children and home. Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back? Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
The Cat And Shakespeare by Raja Rao Requirements: .ePUB reader, 988kb Overview: The Cat and Shakespeare is a gentle, almost teasing fable of two friends. Govindan Nair is an astute, down-to-earth philosopher and clerk, who tackles the problems of routine living with extraordinary common sense and gusto, and whose refreshing and unorthodox conclusions continually panic Ramakrishna Pai, Nair’s friend, neighbour and narrator of the story. This evocative novel brings alive the raw texture of life in Trivandrum, and delights in its humour. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
3 books by Joseph McElroy Requirements: .ePUB reader, 3.1 MB Overview: JOSEPH McELROY was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930. He is the author of eight novels and has written dozens of stories, essays, and reviews. He has received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Ingram Merrill Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Cannonball: Written in a voice of passion, warning, and awakening, Joseph McElroy’s ninth novel, “Cannonball,” takes us to a distant war we never understood and have half forgotten upheld by an unearthed new testament and framed by the American competitive psyche; yet always back to a California family, a bold intimacy between brother and sister, and a story of two springboard divers and their different fates.
Night Soul and Other Stories: Joseph McElroy, best known for his sprawling novels such as Women and Men or Lookout Cartridge, evinces an equally impressive prowess with his short game in Night Soul and Other Stories. The twelve stories, collected from the past three decades, demonstrate his versatility as an author and philosophical investigator as he deals with topics ranging from politics, musical theory, family dynamics and the tense racial atmosphere of a post-9/11 America. While these stories appear on the surface to be unrelated, individual stories, McElroy affects an undercurrent of subtle motifs and themes drawing these stories together in a nearly novelistic sense. Despite being twelve separate stories, they beat together with one heart.
Women and Men: The novel, nominally set in 1976–77, but with long passages set in 1893–4, 1945, 1960–2, and 1973, centers around the life, the partly mythic ancestry, and the partly science fictional future of James Mayn, a business and technology journalist. He lives in the same Lower East Side building as one Grace Kimball. Grace has numerous close ties with just about everyone Jim knows in the novel. These ties include the ordinary, day-to-day interactions with people who know Jim and Grace, and the extraordinary, as Grace’s dreams closely parallel the mythic version of Jim’s grandmother’s life. Jim and Grace “never quite meet”, although Jim goes so far as to knock on Grace’s door but then changes his mind. There is a MacGuffin in the guise of a never-performed opera Hamletin based on Hamlet by a Chilean woman, the mother of the zoologist Mena. The opera apparently has magical powers, anathema to fascists and dictators. A production in a former warehouse in the Upper West Side is in rehearsals. What follows is a version of the events in the novel arranged in a timeline. Large portions of the story are told in a “spiral” style, with a little bit told at first, then repeated with a little bit more, and so on. Often, multiple plotlines are advanced nearly simultaneously, in long rushing sentences that refer to minor details across the decades and centuries. As an example, some important characters go without a name until very late in the novel.
Women and Men is the 3rd Longest Novel ever Written in English, overall 8th longest Novel in any language
The Penguin Book of American Verse by Geoffrey Moore Requirements: .ePUB, .PDF reader, 2.1 Mb Overview: An anthology of American poetry, from the colonial beginnings in the 17th century right through to the 20th century. Emphasizing the extraordinary, vital period that followed the 1950s, Geoffrey Moore’s editorship does not neglect the major figures of the between ward period nor the ballads and parodies that can be said to represent the spirit of America. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics > Poetry
In Partial Disgrace by Charles Newman Requirements: .ePUB reader, 533 KB Overview: The long-awaited final work and magnum opus of one of the United States’s greatest authors, critics, and tastemakers, In Partial Disgrace is a sprawling self-contained trilogy chronicling the troubled history of a small Central European nation bearing certain similarities to Hungary — and whose rise and fall might be said to parallel the strange contortions taken by Western political and literary thought over the course of the twentieth century. More than twenty years in the making, and containing a cast of characters, breadth of insight, and degree of stylistic legerdemain to rival such staggering achievements as William H. Gass’s The Tunnel, Carlos Fuentes’s Terra Nostra, Robert Coover’s The Public Burning, or Péter Nádas’s Parallel Lives, In Partial Disgrace may be the last great work to issue from the generation that changed American letters in the ’60s and ’70s. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate by Diana Wallis Taylor Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.6 Mb Overview: Tugged this way and that by fate’s indifferent hand, Claudia’s life is adrift–until she meets Lucius Pontius Pilate and becomes his wife. When they move to the troublesome territory of Judea, she does what she has always done: makes the best of it. But unrest is brewing and Claudia will soon find herself and her beloved husband embroiled in controversy and rebellion. Might she find hope in the mysterious Jewish Rabbi everyone seems to be talking about?
Let this epic story whisk you through marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces, and idyllic Italian villas as you follow the unlikely path of a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts, but whose story, as told by Diana Wallis Taylor, is one worthy of legend. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
The Death of the Gods by Dmitry Merezhkovsky Requirements: .ePUB, .PDF, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 1.9 Mb Overview: This classic historical novel, first published in 1904, creates an outstanding picture of the 4th century, Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate and the profound spiritual implications of his life and deeds. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics
The Buddha Bar : A tale of hedonism and wanderlust by Joseph Ridgwell Requirements: .ePUB reader, 869 KB Overview: For anyone who has been swept up in the singular kind of energy and romance of travel, Joseph Ridgwell’s The Buddha Bar will ring true.
In fact, for anyone familiar with Ridgwell’s mad and wanton approach to writing — that cackle of sex and drugs and booze and rock & roll — The Buddha Bar fits right in.
The book is a lusty romp through the alcohol and humidity and tropical beauty of Thailand. Our two leads — desperate to carve out a way to make it, and live, and be, and love amidst the constant deluge — throw in together and open a small tourist bar, our titular Buddha Bar. And much like the bar business — the idea of it and the truth of it are seldom the same.
Much like Kerouac’s On the Road, it’s wondrous to entertain the insanely tempting dream. Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics