Braille Book Review

September-October 2002
Books for Adults--Fiction


The Gilded Chain: A Tale of the King's Blades BR 13416
by Dave Duncan
3 volumes
In the land of Chivial, a magical ritual of a sword through the heart binds unwanted boys to defend their masters unto death. Durendal, once a wild youth, becomes an elite swordsman, only to be bound to a smirking noble, dashing his dream of protecting his beloved liege. 1998.

Legacy of Love BR 13434
by Caroline Harvey
4 volumes
Three generations of women find love in unexpected places. During the Victorian era, Charlotte marries an army man who's posted to Afghanistan, where she encounters dangerous conditions. Her granddaughter, Alexandra, later finds happiness with an artist in Cornwall. Charlotte's great-granddaughter, Cara, discovers inner resources during the Second World War. 1983.

This Calder Range: Calder Saga, Vol. 1 BR 13464
by Janet Dailey
3 volumes (Reissue)
Montana territory, 1878. Newlyweds Benton and Lorna Calder endure a long cattle drive on the Chisholm Trail from their native Texas to start their own cattle ranch. But old grudges and debts follow them into the new land. Followed by Stands a Calder Man (BR 13465). Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 1982.

Stands a Calder Man: Calder Saga, Vol. 2 BR 13465
by Janet Dailey
3 volumes (Reissue)
Montana, 1909. With the passing of the Enlarged Homestead Act, newcomers threaten the old way of ranching. Webb Calder resists the immigrants fencing in the range. Then he falls in love with one of their wives. Sequel to This Calder Range (BR 13464). Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 1983.

This Calder Sky: Calder Saga, Vol. 3 BR 13466
by Janet Dailey
3 volumes (Reissue)
Montana, early twentieth century. The vast Calder cattle ranch dwarfs Angus O'Rourke's shoestring operation. But when young Chase Calder falls in love with fifteen-year-old Maggie O'Rourke, trouble starts. Sequel to Stands a Calder Man (BR 13465). Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 1981.

Hidden Treasure: The Skinners of Goldfield, Book 2 BR 13469
by Stephen Bly
2 volumes
Nevada, 1905. It looks like the Skinners will never make it to California. O.T.'s friend is lost in the desert, and Dola Mae is searching for a missing child. In spite of harsh weather, excessive sin, and rampant greed, their faith holds up. Sequel to Fool's Gold (BR 13468). 2000.

Picture Rock: The Skinners of Goldfield, Book 3 BR 13470
by Stephen Bly
2 volumes
Nevada, 1906. The town of Goldfield has become dependent on the Skinners' contributions, including Dola Mae's cooking and O.T.'s ability to defuse volatile situations. The Skinners, however, still long for California. When their café explodes, they prepare to move. Sequel to Hidden Treasure (BR 13469). 2001.

Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel BR 13476
by John Updike
3 volumes
Twelve tales and a sequel to the quartet of "Rabbit" novels--a novella, Rabbit Remembered, set in Brewer, Pennsylvania. In "The Women Who Got Away," Martin recalls the wife-swapping early years of his marriage and a surprise encounter years later. Some strong language. 2000.

The Duchess BR 13502
by Bertrice Small
3 volumes
England, 1795. Quinton Hunter, the impoverished Duke of Sedgwick, marries young Allegra Morgan, the daughter and only heir of the country's richest man. Although the practical pair agree not to fall in love, circumstances change after they experience many adventures together. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Moon Women BR 13503
by Pamela Duncan
3 volumes
Account of three generations of North Carolina women. Matriarch Marvelle, living with daughter Ruth Ann, is losing touch with reality and harbors a secret that will affect everyone. Ruth Ann's daughter, Ashley, nineteen, unmarried, and pregnant, lives with them. Nearby is Ruth Ann's lonely, obese sister Cassandra. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

A Girl with a Monkey: New and Selected Stories BR 13523
by Leonard Michaels
2 volumes
Collection of sixteen short stories written from the 1960s through the 1990s. In the title piece, a divorced American man traveling in Germany meets a young prostitute who refuses to spend all her time with him. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Siddhartha BR 13524
by Hermann Hesse
1 volume
Nobel Prize-winning author's tale of a young Brahmin who abandons his comfortable home to wander through the Indian countryside seeking enlightenment. Based on the early life of Buddha. Originally published in German in 1922. 2000.

The Last Book in the Universe BR 13528
by Rodman Philbrick
1 volume
On a ruined postapocalyptic Earth, young Spaz struggles to find his dying sister, helped by an old man who remembers how to read, a five-year-old, and a genetically improved girl. The hazardous trek through toxic regions ruled by gangs leads them to a forbidden Eden. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

A Hymn before Battle BR 13530
by John Ringo
3 volumes
In the early years of the twenty-first century, centaur-like predators threaten a peaceful galactic confederation. The alien federation enlists Earth's help--meaning that Earthlings will do most of the fighting--against the devourers. But as Earth's armies rush into battle, humans learn a valuable lesson. Violence and strong language. 2000.

The Remember Box BR 13534
by Patricia Sprinkle
3 volumes
When her aunt dies, writer Carley receives her "Remember Box," which contains mementos from the summer of 1949 in Job's Corner, North Carolina. Carley was just eleven, as she and her family were confronted with murder, rape, communism, and the struggle for civil rights. Prequel to Carley's Song (BR 13872). 2000.

Murder at Monticello: A Homer Kelly Mystery BR 13539
by Jane Langton
2 volumes
When Homer and Mary Kelly visit Thomas Jefferson's plantation for Fourth of July celebrations, Homer looks up his former student, Fern Fisher, who is writing a book defending Jefferson against attacks on his reputation. Fern involves Homer in the investigation of Tom Dean, recently accused of serial murders in the area. Some strong language. 2001.

The Rose Grower BR 13540
by Michelle de Kretser
2 volumes
Relates the intertwining lives of a Gascony magistrate's three daughters, one of whom grows roses; a local doctor in love with the rose grower; an American balloonist who lands on the magistrate's estate; and the town's mayor as they all gradually become caught up in the French Revolution. Violence. 1999.

The Gravity of Sunlight BR 13545
by Rosa Shand
2 volumes
In 1970s Uganda, with political upheaval as background, an American clergyman's wife explores her feelings about love, fidelity, and sexuality. Agnes is attracted to a Polish friend of her husband who loves Africa as much as she does, but loyalty to her three children creates conflict. 2000.

Whale Talk BR 13547
by Chris Crutcher
2 volumes
Talented, multiracial teen T.J. Jones shuns organized sports but agrees to help his favorite teacher pull together a swim team. He attracts a group of misfits who become buddies and champions-- earning the ire of the school jocks, whose bullying erupts into violence. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. 2001.

The Last Hot Time BR 13548
by John M. Ford
2 volumes
An immortal race of elves that once coexisted with hominids returns to destroy most of Chicago. A paramedic heading towards the city saves the life of a woman wounded in a drive-by shooting. Rewarded with a new identity, he finds himself swept into an underground world of temptation, danger, and enchantment. 2000.

Gob's Grief BR 13550
by Chris Adrian
3 volumes
Real and imagined characters help Gob Woodhull transcend his grief over the death of his twin, Tomo--a bugle boy killed in the Civil War at age eleven. With Walt Whitman's aid, Gob invents a machine to bring Tomo back to life. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2000.

The Hill Bachelors BR 13553
by William Trevor
2 volumes
The author explores missed opportunities in twelve short tales. In the title story, an old Irish farmer dies and everyone assumes that Paulie, the only bachelor, will take over the farm. In "A Friend in the Trade," a couple retires to the country, abandoning an eccentric acquaintance who visits frequently. 2000.

The Palace of Tears BR 13557
by Alev Lytle Croutier
1 volume
Paris, 1868. Winemaker Casimir de Chƒteauneuf falls in love with a portrait of a woman from the Orient. He travels for years searching for her, only to learn that she is the slave of the French sultana--locked away in a palace for cast-off women. 2000.

On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson BR 13560
by Louise Rennison
2 volumes
Following Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (BR 12902), fourteen-year-old Georgia continues writing her journal. She worries about moving to New Zealand, keeping her sister and cat out of trouble, and being in love with an older boy. For senior high readers. 2001.

The Incumbent BR 13563
by Brian McGrory
3 volumes
Reporter Jack Flynn is golfing with U.S. president Clay Hutchins when an assassin wounds them both. In the aftermath Jack investigates the dead shooter, the FBI, and the chief executive, while receiving anonymous guidance over the phone. He's also offered a White House job. Strong language and some violence. 2000.

What Remains BR 13564
by Nicholas Delbanco
2 volumes
An artistic German-Jewish family escapes the Holocaust by moving to Britain. But because Julia wants more opportunities for her sons, she and husband Karl move the boys to the United States, while Karl's brother's family remains in England. 2000.

The Ferguson Rifle BR 13568
by Louis L'Amour
2 volumes
To forget the death of his family, Ronan Chantry goes west. He joins trappers and meets Lucinda Falvey, who's looking for lost treasure. Together they fight for their lives against hostile Indians and thieves. Sequel to North to the Rails (BR 13578). Some violence. 1973.

Mary and O'Neil BR 13569
by Justin Cronin
2 volumes
Eight interconnected stories from 1979 to 2000 about the Burke family. Attorney Arthur and his wife, Miriam, are parents of newlywed Kay and college student O'Neil. After they are orphaned, the two siblings sustain each other throughout O'Neil's marriage and Kay's lingering illness. Some strong language. 2001.

The Cross-Country Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel BR 13571
by Jennifer Chiaverini
3 volumes
In this companion to Round Robin (BR 12935), the Elm Creek Quilt Camp, Pennsylvania, welcomes five new members--aging movie- star Julia, single-mother Megan, mother-of-the-bride Donna, ill Grace, and matchmaking Vinnie. As they continue their quilting at home, they maintain their friendship by e-mail. 2001.

Winter Range BR 13572
by Claire Davis
2 volumes
Montana sheriff Ike Parsons files a lawsuit against bankrupt rancher Chas Stubblefield for starving his cattle. Parsons is backed by the local veterinarian, but people believe a man's property rights are sacrosanct, and even the lawman's wife, Pattiann, has misgivings. Strong language and some violence. 2000.

Tattoo Girl BR 13574
by Brooke Stevens
2 volumes
A security guard making his rounds in an Ohio mall at 2:00 a.m. discovers a mute teenage girl, whose body is covered with tattoos. Lucy Thurman, a former circus fat lady, adopts the girl and names her Emma. Together the two undertake difficult journeys of self-discovery. Strong language and some violence. 2001.

A Sending of Dragons BR 13576
by Jane Yolen
2 volumes
Falsely accused of sabotage, Jakkin and Akki flee to the wilderness with the five dragon hatchlings of the deceased Heart's Blood. When search helicopters force them to take refuge in a hidden tunnel, they are captured by an underground tribe. Sequel to Heart's Blood (BR 13401). For junior and senior high readers. 1987.

The Last City Room BR 13591
by Al Martinez
2 volumes
Vietnam veteran William Colfax is just twenty-four in 1965, when he walks into the city room of the San Francisco Herald and gets a job on the respected but dying newspaper. His first assignment--the bombing of the FBI building--will test his professional and personal integrity. Strong language and some violence. 2000.

Discovering the Body BR 13592
by Mary Howard
3 volumes
Linda returns home one day to discover her friend Luci's bloody body. Two years later, after marrying Luci's former boyfriend, she begins to doubt whether the convicted man she identified is really the murderer. And someone is following her. Some strong language. 2000.

The End of the Affair BR 13593
by Graham Greene
2 volumes
London, 1939. Author Maurice Bendrix has a long-running love affair with Sarah Miles, the wife of a civil servant, which ends abruptly. Years later Bendrix explores the emotions that still torment him and ponders Sarah's commitment to a God he cannot fathom. 1951.

In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden BR 13595
by Kathleen Cambor
3 volumes
Johnstown, Pennsylvania; 1889. Frank Fallon, a Civil War veteran and mill worker, prepares to march in the Memorial Day parade. Wealthy lawyer James Talbot arrives at the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club on the man-made lake above the dam. Their children are secretly in love. Then the dam breaks--killing thousands. 2001.

Lavondyss: Journey to an Unknown Region BR 13615
by Robert Holdstock
3 volumes
In this sequel to Mythago Wood (BR 6526), Tallis Keeton searches for her older brother, Harry. He has been missing for some years and Tallis is convinced that he's lost in the magical ancient forest, Ryhope Wood. Her quest leads her to Lavondyss. 1988.

Perfect Recall: New Stories BR 13618
by Ann Beattie
3 volumes
Eleven short stories about people coping with family situations and social conditions in the late twentieth century. In "See the Pyramids," two young female models share a summer house in Maine with their boyfriends. One woman is recognized on an outing, which leads to a surprising revelation. Some strong language. 2001.

Murder in Havana BR 13622
by Margaret Truman
3 volumes
Retired CIA employee Max Pauling, last seen in Murder in Foggy Bottom (BR 13196), obligingly goes to Cuba to ascertain whether an American drug firm headed by a former senator is illegally operating there. He is met in Havana by beautiful Celia Sardiña, whose own mission threatens Max's survival. 2001.

Money, Money, Money: A Novel of the 87th Precinct BR 13635
by Ed McBain
2 volumes
A lion almost kills Detective Steve Carella when he tries to remove a woman's body from the zoo den. Carella and Fat Ollie Weeks uncover drug smugglers, counterfeit money, hit women, and Arab terrorists while pursuing the case. They also face off with the treasury department. Violence and strong language. 2001.

The Jasmine Trade: A Novel of Suspense Introducing Eve Diamond BR 13637
by Denise Hamilton
2 volumes
Los Angeles reporter Eve Diamond, investigating the murder of a Chinese teenager, discovers an underground world of "parachute kids"--wealthy Asians left unsupervised in America by their parents, who live abroad. She also uncovers sexual slavery, gangs, and other criminal activity. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2001.

Down the Yukon BR 13641
by Will Hobbs
2 volumes
Alaska, 1899. In this sequel to Jason's Gold (BR 12786), Jason and his girlfriend, Jamie, leave Dawson City in a race down the Yukon River to Nome, where new gold deposits have been discovered. Along the way they face sabotage, bears, and bad weather. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Shock BR 13652
by Robin Cook
3 volumes
Harvard coeds Deborah Cochrane and Joanna Meissner fund a stay in Venice for academic pursuits by donating ova to the Wingate Infertility Clinic. Later Joanna, seeking to learn what happened to her gametes, convinces Deborah to help her investigate. They don't like their findings. Some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Isle of Dogs BR 13655
by Patricia Cornwell
4 volumes
The misguided Virginia governor decides to put speed traps everywhere. He begins with the small Chesapeake Bay island of Tangier, but the eccentric natives don't cooperate. Meanwhile police superintendent Judy Hammer and her undercover assistant Andy Brazil chase a female serial killer. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller 2001.

Mercy BR 13657
by Julie Garwood
4 volumes
Dr. Michelle Renard saves the life of federal attorney Theo Buchanan in New Orleans before returning home to the bayou. Theo decides to thank her in person and discovers that she is being harassed and threatened by unknown locals. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2001.

The Ox-Bow Incident BR 13679
by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
2 volumes
Nevada, 1885. Wrangler Art Croft reluctantly joins a group of citizens in a small town who hastily form a posse to catch murdering cattle rustlers. Three men are accused of the crime and, although there are some doubts about their guilt, lynched. Introduction by Wallace Stegner. Some violence and some strong language. 1940.

The Florabama Ladies' Auxiliary and Sewing Circle BR 13685
by Lois Battle
3 volumes
Middle-aged Atlanta socialite Bonnie Cullman is suddenly alone and broke when her husband goes bankrupt. Ironically, she finds a job running a program for displaced homemakers at a small-town Alabama community college. There Bonnie is confronted with other lost women who have been laid off from a lingerie factory. Some strong language. 2001.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! BR 13744
by Dr. Seuss
1 volume (Reissue)
This rhymed graduation speech for both young and old, filled with wit and wisdom, humorously advises how to cope with the various ups and downs of life, take charge, and ultimately succeed against the odds. For junior and senior high and older readers. Bestseller 1990.

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