An irresistible debut set in London during World War II about an adventurous young woman who becomes a secret advice columnist— a warm, funny, and enormously moving story for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Lilac Girls.
London, 1940. Emmeline Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down.
Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men, or who can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.
Prepare to fall head over heels for Emmy and her best friend, Bunty, who are gutsy and spirited, even in the face of a terrible blow. The irrepressible Emmy keeps writing letters in this hilarious and enormously moving tale of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and ordinary people in extraordinary times.
From the acclaimed author of The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, a new novel set over the course of a single weekend, as five members of a family confront the lies upon which their lives are built.
Harry Tabor is about to be named Man of the Decade, a distinction that feels like the culmination of a life well lived, a perfect life. His family comes together in Palm Springs for a weekend of celebration: his wife, Roma, a distinguished child psychologist; his daughters Phoebe, a high-powered attorney, and Camille, a brilliant social anthropologist; and his son, Simon, also a lawyer, who brings his glamorous wife and two precocious daughters.
But almost immediately, cracks begin to appear in this smooth façade. Simon hasn’t been sleeping through the night, Camille can’t decide what she wants to do with her life, Phoebe is a little too cagey about her new boyfriend, Roma knows her children are hiding things from her. And Harry is haunted by the long-buried secret that drove him, decades ago, to relocate his young family from Connecticut to the California desert. As the ceremony nears and the family splinters, the Tabors must each face up to the imperfections they’ve suppressed for so long.
Deftly alternating between the five Tabors, this provocative, gorgeously rendered novel reckons with the price we pay for second chances.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girls comes this chilling, harrowing thriller set in rural Vermont about a recluse who believes the young girl he’s found in the woods is the reincarnation of his missing daughter, returned to help him solve her and his wife’s disappearance.
I won’t say a word. Cross my heart and hope to die…
Jonah Baum, a professor of poetry at a local college in Vermont, sees his ordinary life come tumbling down when his wife and young daughter vanish from their home. No evidence of a kidnapping. No sign of murder. No proof that Rebecca didn’t simply abandon her marriage. Just Sally’s crude and chilling drawings, Jonah’s little lies, and the sheriff’s nagging fears that nothing is what it seems.
For Sally’s best friend, Lucinda, it’s something else. She trusts in Sally not to just disappear, not after they’ve shared so many secrets—especially about the woods and what they saw there. But she’ll never tell. No one would believe her anyway.
As the search for Rebecca and Sally intensifies, and as suspicion falls on Jonah, the disappearances become more relentlessly haunting than anyone can imagine. Because what’s seen in the light of day is not nearly as terrifying as what remains hidden in the dark…