Braille Book Review

July-August 2002
Books for Adults--Fiction


The Skies of Pern BR 13351
by Anne McCaffrey
4 volumes
Thanks to AIVAS, which has allowed Pern inhabitants to alter the orbit of Red Star and eliminate the Thread, Pern is now undergoing its last Threadfall. Therefore dragonriders must find new occupations. But before they do, Pern endures a new threat. Follows Dragonseye (BR 11187). 2001.

The Sterkarm Handshake BR 13376
by Susan Price
4 volumes
Anthropologist Andrea Mitchell's unethical twenty-first-century employer sends her back through a time tunnel to the sixteenth- century English-Scottish border to facilitate a scheme to extract gold and oil from the land. But overweight Andrea falls in love and has to choose between cultures. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

A Good House BR 13400
by Bonnie Burnard
3 volumes
Follows the saga of the Chambers family of Stonebrook, Ontario, for five decades. In 1949, Bill and Sylvia enjoy postwar prosperity until Sylvia succumbs to cancer. Their children Patrick, Paul, and Daphne readily accept a stepmother and, later, a half-sister into the family. And all begin their own families. 1999.

Heart's Blood BR 13401
by Jane Yolen
2 volumes
Jakkin, now a free dragon trainer, has his plans abruptly changed when he is asked to infiltrate rebel forces taking hold on the planet. Sequel to Dragon's Blood (BR 10937). For junior and senior high readers. 1984.

The Diagnosis BR 13414
by Alan Lightman
3 volumes
Boston businessman Bill Chalmers suffers from a mysterious disease, apparently induced by technological overload in a stressful world with constant e-mail messages. As he deteriorates--without a confirmed medical diagnosis--he feels further pressure from mounting financial obligations, his colleagues, his son, and especially his wife. Some strong language. 2000.

South Wind BR 13415
by Don Coldsmith
4 volumes
A series of historical vignettes portrays the challenges faced by pro-slavery and pro-emancipation settlers in the Kansas Territory before the Civil War. The connected episodes present a saga of westward expansion through 1876. Sequel to Tallgrass (BR 11501). 1998.

Twenty-Four Hours BR 13425
by Greg Iles
3 volumes
Will and Karen Jennings's child is taken by serial kidnapper John Hickey. While his cousin watches five-year-old Abby, and his wife guards Will in his convention hotel room, Hickey plans a night with Karen. Until now the children have not been harmed, but this time Hickey's vengeful. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Leap of Faith BR 13428
by Danielle Steel
2 volumes
Marie-Ange's privileged French childhood ends at age eleven, when her parents and brother are killed. Having no other relatives, the girl is sent to an elderly aunt in Iowa, who treats her as a servant. Marie-Ange's only friend is Billy Parker, who stands by her when she faces a devastating betrayal. Bestseller 2001.

Hollywood Wives: The New Generation BR 13429
by Jackie Collins
4 volumes
In this follow-up to Hollywood Wives (BR 11051), the women in the California movie industry still covet fame, fortune, and power. Forty-year-old superstar Lissa Roman maintains a successful career, but is on her fourth divorce when her nineteen-year-old daughter, Nicci, is kidnapped. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2001.

A Traitor to Memory BR 13431
by Elizabeth George
7 volumes
Is there a connection between a woman killed in a hit-and-run accident on a rainy night in London and a violinist who has recently lost his ability to play? It is up to Detective Inspector Lynley to solve the mystery. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller 2001.

So Far Back BR 13435
by Pam Durban
2 volumes
Sixty-five-year-old spinster Louisa Hilliard Marion discovers old family diaries after her mother's death in their ancestral Charleston, South Carolina, home. Learning how cruelly her ancestors treated slaves, Louisa tries to make amends--especially since slave ghosts haunt the house. Some strong language. 2000.

The Wrong Dog: A Rachel Alexander and Dash Mystery BR 13436
by Carol Lea Benjamin
2 volumes
Private detective Rachel Alexander is hired by Sophie Gordon to track down a dog-cloning company that, after providing a flawed replacement puppy for Sophie's beloved service dog, has disappeared. But soon Sophie is murdered, and Rachel and her pit bull, Dashiell, investigate. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

Summer Gone BR 13439
by David Macfarlane
2 volumes
Middle-aged Caz Newling recalls the ill-fated canoe trip he took when he was twelve with his divorced father, Bay. Stories within stories within stories unfold as father and son camp out in the Canadian wilderness, bringing to mind Bay's favorite summers and their impact on major events in his life. 1999.

Laura BR 13440
by Larry Watson
3 volumes
Paul Finley was eleven when he met Laura Pettit, twenty-two, for the first time. Laura, a poet, had come to his family's Vermont home with thoughts of seducing his father--her editor. Through his parents' divorce, his father's death, and his own marriage, Paul remains obsessed with Laura. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Hayati, My Life BR 13443
by Miriam Cooke
1 volume
Traces three generations of Palestinian women while they struggle with personal problems and political turmoil from 1946 through 1990. Samya lives in Jerusalem and, along with her daughter Assia and granddaughters Maryam and Afaf, survives wars, exile, imprisonment, rape, and poverty. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2000.

A Pure Clear Light BR 13444
by Madeleine St. John
2 volumes
British director Simon Beaufort meets his future mistress while his wife, Flora, and three children are on holiday. Meanwhile Flora, a lapsed Catholic, renews her spiritual life and converts to the Anglican church. Simon tries to pursue his new love and preserve his family. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1996.

Blue Avenger Cracks the Code BR 13445
by Norma Howe
2 volumes
In his identity as Blue Avenger, sixteen-year-old David visits Venice, Italy, and continues to pursue various crusades, including trying to solve the mystery of who really wrote Shakespeare's works. Sequel to The Adventures of Blue Avenger (BR 12318). For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

The Bostonians BR 13463
by Henry James
4 volumes
Satirical comedy involving impressionable young suffragette Verena Tarrant, who struggles to reconcile her love for Basil Ransom, a charming southern lawyer, with the demands of her patron, Olive Chancellor, a domineering Boston feminist who hates men. 1886.

Fool's Gold: The Skinners of Goldfield, Book 1 BR 13468
by Stephen Bly
2 volumes
1905. The Skinner family heads to California, where they plan to settle down near Mr. Skinner's brother. But a detour into the town of Goldfield, Nevada, for supplies changes their plans. They quickly discover that this gold-rush boomtown needs some Christian fellowship. Followed by Hidden Treasure (BR 13469). 2000.

Terry and the Pirates BR 13474
by Julian F. Thompson
2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Terry stows away on a yacht that was stolen by young Mick and is sailing south. Mick is washed overboard during a tropical storm. Terry is rescued and held for ransom by an eccentric pirate family that is looking for buried treasure. For senior high readers. 2000.

Wild Life BR 13481
by Molly Gloss
2 volumes
Washington state, 1905. Ardent feminist Charlotte Drummond, writer of penny novels, lives by the Columbia River with her five sons. When her housekeeper's granddaughter goes missing in the woods, Charlotte joins the search. But she becomes lost herself and encounters a Sasquatch family. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2000.

Dancing with an Alien BR 13491
by Mary Logue
1 volume
Branko, a teenage boy from outer space, travels to Earth to help save his planet from extinction by bringing back a female. Then he meets six-foot-tall Tonia, ultimately falls in love, and puts his mission at risk. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

Being with Henry BR 13496
by Martha Brooks
1 volume
After an altercation with his stepfather, sixteen-year-old Laker is kicked out by his mother. Laker hops a bus and lives on the streets for a few weeks, until eighty-three-year-old widower Henry offers him a home. Over time, the two begin to develop a deep friendship. For senior high readers. 2000.

The Red Tent BR 13498
by Anita Diamant
3 volumes
Dinah, the only daughter of Leah and Jacob in Genesis, departs from the biblical saga to recount her story and that of the women around her. The red tent is where women retreat for childbirth and young girls learn about adulthood. But Dinah is unprepared for her brothers' cruelty. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1997.

The Wind Done Gone BR 13501
by Alice Randall
2 volumes
Characters from Gone with the Wind (BR 11427) are recreated in a novel that examines plantation life and nineteenth-century southern society through the eyes of a biracial woman. Cynara resents her privileged, legitimate, white half-sister, but during Reconstruction she comes into her own as an independent woman. Some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Other People's Rules BR 13504
by Julia Hamilton
3 volumes
When powerful Earl Ivar Gatehouse is accused of the twenty-year- old murder of a rock star's daughter, solicitor Lucy Diamond's fears awaken. As a teen Lucy had succumbed to Gatehouse's advances, and she had learned of his incest with his daughter. She also witnessed a fight. Strong language and some violence. 2000.

Honor's Pledge BR 13505
by Kristen Heitzmann
2 volumes
Seventeen-year-old Abigail Martin falls in love with southerner Montgomery Farrel, who has moved to Colorado after the Civil War. He returns her love but is committed by oath to another. Abigail trusts in God to find a solution. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Butterfly BR 13506
by Sharon Sala
2 volumes
At twenty-six, China Brown finds herself alone, pregnant, and homeless. As she searches for shelter, suddenly China not only witnesses a shooting, but becomes a victim. Detective Ben English, however, is determined to improve her life. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2000.

My Life on a Plate BR 13514
by India Knight
2 volumes
Part-time magazine writer Clara Hutt lives in London with her busy fashion-magazine-editor husband and their two young sons. Alternately relieved and jealous that she is not living the single life her friends are, Clara humorously observes her current situation. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

Buster's Diaries: A True Story of a Dog and His Man BR 13519
by Roy Hattersley
1 volume
Buster, an abandoned London dog who is part bull terrier, keeps a diary of his life. He is eventually adopted from an animal shelter by "the Man" but makes the mistake of killing one of the queen's geese in a public park. The ensuing uproar leaves Buster a very famous canine. 1998.

Return to Promise BR 13521
by Debbie Macomber
2 volumes
Promise, Texas. Cal Patterson and his physician wife, Jane, are happily married with two young children. When Jane takes their son and daughter to California, because of her father's failing health, their separation causes problems. To make matters worse, an attractive new woman in town has her sights set on Cal. 2000.

What's in a Name BR 13532
by Ellen Wittlinger
1 volume
Ten vignettes describe how high school students join the debate over changing the name of their New England town. They must make choices as they struggle with their own identities--black, white, poor, rich, popular, geeky, and immigrant. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2000.

The Music at Long Verney: Twenty Stories BR 13535
by Sylvia Townsend Warner
2 volumes
Satirical British short stories from the New Yorker. In the title piece, an old couple move to the gamekeeper's cottage and rent out the ancestral mansion to "new money." In "Maternal Devotion," a young lady sends her unwanted beau to her mother, whose conversation rattles them both. 2001.

The Dying Animal BR 13538
by Philip Roth
1 volume
Sixtyish New York cultural critic David Kepesh is already struggling with his own mortality when a former favorite young lover, Cuban Consuela Castillo, returns in ill health to see him again. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Death Is Not the End: An Inspector Rebus Novella BR 13556
by Ian Rankin
1 volume
Inspector John Rebus from Edinburgh, Scotland, investigates the disappearance of his childhood friend's son from a local nightclub. During his search, Rebus uncovers an illegal gambling ring. Some strong language. 1998.

Shane BR 13561
by Jack Schaefer
1 volume (Reissue)
Wyoming territory, 1889. A mysterious stranger named Shane rides into the Starretts' ranch and learns of the trouble between cattle baron Fletcher and the homesteaders. Shane decides to stay and help the family keep their stake. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1949.

Head: Stories BR 13562
by William Tester
1 volume
Stories exploring a boy's childhood and adolescence in rural Florida and early adulthood in New York City. In "Wet," a stepfather forces Nim and his brother to build a barbed-wire fence around a swamp in the midst of a thunderstorm. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Mary McCarthy Prize. 2000.

If Only It Were True BR 13596
by Marc Levy
2 volumes
After an automobile accident, San Francisco medical intern Lauren enters a deep coma. Her spirit returns to her old apartment. Arthur, the new occupant, discovers Lauren and gradually they fall in love. But Lauren's mother decides to pull the plug. Some strong language. 2000.

The Return BR 13603
by Dinah McCall
2 volumes
In 1973 an event at Pulpit Rock in Camarune, Kentucky, changed the lives of two feuding families--the Joslins and the Blairs. Now twenty-five years later, a young woman--considered a witch-- born during the tragedy returns to town, bringing the fight to a shocking conclusion. Some strong language. 2000.

The Vault BR 13604
by Peter Lovesey
3 volumes
Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond of Bath, England, is presented a bony hand found in the Roman baths beneath Mary Shelley's house. He assumes it is of ancient origin until the pathologist reports that the bones probably date from the 1980s, meaning Diamond has a case to investigate. 1999.

Confessions of a Fallen Standard-Bearer BR 13607
by Andre‹ Makine
1 volume
In a letter to his childhood companion, a Russian emigrant celebrates their idealistic time together as Pioneers (Communist scouts). He recalls the friendships between their families and the horror of their parents' World War II experiences, contrasting their quiet heroism with the Soviet party line. 2000.

Aiding and Abetting BR 13608
by Muriel Spark
1 volume
Psychiatrist Hildegard Wolf tries to determine which of two patients is the real Lord Lucan, who murdered his children's nanny and battered his wife twenty-five years ago. Meanwhile the earls want to extort money from Dr. Wolf to keep secret about her fraudulent past. 2001.

The Killer's Cousin BR 13609
by Nancy Werlin
2 volumes
High school senior David Yaffe is exiled to his uncle's house after being acquitted of murder. There he is haunted by his dead cousin, Kathy, and harassed by her eleven-year-old sister, Lily. He learns there is another killer in the house. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 1998.

The Twylight Tower: An Elizabeth I Mystery BR 13610
by Karen Harper
2 volumes
London, 1560. Young Queen Elizabeth I is besotted with her married horse master, Robert Dudley. But when her favorite musician and then Dudley's wife die mysteriously, Elizabeth and her loyal staff begin a quiet investigation of the incidents. Sequel to The Tidal Poole (BR 13219). Some violence. 2001.

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