Monday, March 14, 2011
Author: Christos Tsiolkas
Number of pages: 483
At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly boy.
The boy is not his son.
This single act of violence reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen...
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Author: Jodi Picoult
Number of pages: 407 pages
Sara Fitzgerald's daughter, Kate is just two years old when she is diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Reeling with the helpless shock of it, Sara knows she will do anything - whatever it takes - to save her child.
Then the test come back time and again to show that no one in their family is a match for Kate. If they are to find a donor for the crucial bone marrow transplant she needs, there is only option: creating another baby, specifically designed to save her sister. For Sara, it seems the ideal solution. Not only does Kate live, but she gets a beautiful new daughter, Anna, too.
Until the moment Anna hands Sara the papers that will rock her whole world. Because, aged thirteen, Anna has decided that she doesn't want to help Kate live any more. She is suing her parents for the rights to her own body.
Author: Jodi Picoult
Number of pages: 592 pages
As a midwife, Lacy Houghton brings lives into the world.
She didn't expect her son to take them away.
But that's what he did one March morning, when he walked into his high school with guns instead of books and killed ten people.
Along with the rest of the shocked and grief-stricken town, Lacy is left wondering when her shy 17-year-old boy turned into a monster. And was it her fault?
In the aftermath of the shooting, Lacy searches the past for clues and begins to realise that despite, or perhaps because of, her every effort, she never really knew her son at all...
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Author: Lisa See
Number of pages: 340 pages
Lily is a daughter of a humble farmer, and to her family she is just another expensive mouth to feed. Then the local matchmaker delivers startling news: if Lily's feet are bound properly, they will be flawless. In nineteenth-century China, where a woman's eligibility is judged by the shape and size of her feet, this is extraordinary good luck. Lily now has the power to make a good marriage and change the fortunes of her family. To prepare for her new life, she must undergo the agonies of footbinding, learning nu shu, the famed secret women's writing, and make a very special friend, Snow Flower. But a bitter reversal of fortune is about to change everything.