Readers were introduced to Jamie Pyke in the 2010 New York Times bestseller The Kitchen House, and Kathleen Grissom has...
Readers were introduced to Jamie Pyke in the 2010 New York Times bestseller The Kitchen House, and Kathleen Grissom has listened to readers' pleas for more, continuing Jamie's story in Glory Over Everything.
As the son of a slave and a plantation owner, Jamie's very existence is dangerous, expelling him from the only life he knows in nineteenth century Virginia. After escaping, he flees to Philadelphia, living as a silversmith and being accepted as white. After years of work, Jamie has finally achieved stability and security, but several simultaneous crises threaten all that he's accomplished: his lover is pregnant and his beloved servant, Pan, has been kidnapped and sold into Southern slavery. Jamie sets out to save Pan, despite the danger returning to the south poses for him. In his absence, his identity is exposed to his lover and his business is ruined. Forced to escape with Pan, they face the terror and dangers of their only chance for freedom – the Underground Railroad.
A story of secrets and their legacies, and the families that we're born with as well as the ones we make, Glory Over Everything is equal parts painful and inspirational, charting a dark period of American history through the indomitable spirit of one unforgettable character.
Don't miss it if: You're willing to stay up long past your bedtime to get to the final page
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Every family history involves mistakes — some small and funny, some dark and disastrous. For Maya and Ellie Taylor, a single mistake has...
Every family history involves mistakes — some small and funny, some dark and disastrous. For Maya and Ellie Taylor, a single mistake has changed both of their lives forever. Cerebral Maya, Ellie's mother and an English professor who has spent her life buried in her books, sends her 20-year old daughter to Florida to look after a friend's child. It's a good opportunity for Ellie, who's in a bad place in her life. And all seems to be going well at first — until Ellie does something, in one pivotal moment, that changes everything.
Steger Strong's book is written in two separate timelines: one before the central catastrophe and one after. It's an ominous, tense structure that shows the contrast created, and lives changed, by a single day. It also highlights a mother and daughter's evolving relationship as they discover more about what makes them different, and even more significantly, what makes them the same. Steger Strong's writing has drawn comparisons to no less than Claire Messud and Elizabeth Strout, so it's safe to say this is a powerful new voice worth paying attention to.
Don't miss it if: You've ever wished you could turn back the clock
No one knows family drama quite like an East Coaster. So when Tabby Saint returns to her small Nova Scotia town after a decade of living with...
No one knows family drama quite like an East Coaster. So when Tabby Saint returns to her small Nova Scotia town after a decade of living with strangers, she's prepared for a complicated reunion. What she's not prepared for is the utter absence of her family, who have been run out of town while she was away. As Tabby strikes out to find what's left of her clan, she has to deal with the issues of the past on top of what will happen if she can find the remaining Saints.
And what a group they are — Poppy, the addict, and her young children, brothers Bird and Jackie, one of whom bears the scars of a brutally violent incident while the other becomes obsessed with revenge, and of course, Tabby's mother and father, the latter of whom Tabby is unsure she can forgive, even as he faces death.
This is not a maudlin, self-serious family drama, however — the Saints are mouthy, unapologetic and often hilarious troublemakers who can't back down from a fight, no matter the cost. Tabby is a vibrant character who jumps off the page. When the time comes for her to decide whether to stay or go, you'll be just as invested as she is.
A wildly original debut from a talented new writer, When The Saints is about outsiders forced to look within their own family for the redemption they thought had long passed them by.
Don't miss it if: You've got a few colourful characters in your own clan