Braille Book Review

July-August 2003
Books for Adults--Fiction


The Seventh Telling: The Kabbalah of Moshe Katan BR 13849
by Mitchell Chefitz
4 volumes
Interwoven stories of Sidney and Stephanie Lee, who seek to resolve issues in their troubled marriage through storytelling, and Kabbalist Moshe Katan, who hopes to help his wife Rivkah, a cancer patient. The two couples develop spiritual and personal connections through their explorations of the Jewish mystical tradition. 2001.

Carley's Song BR 13872
by Patricia Sprinkle
4 volumes
Job's Corner, North Carolina; 1950. In this sequel to The Remember Box (BR 13534), Carley, now twelve, is poised on the brink of a mystifying adult world, in which lives begin changing as three former residents return. A discovery by Carley makes an old mystery even more sinister. 2001.

Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind BR 13920
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
3 volumes
Many of Earth's inhabitants have been taken to Heaven, but those left behind face seven years of tribulation. Some will not survive the coming devastation. Tribulation Force members-- Rayford Steele, Chloe Steele, Bruce Barnes, and Buck Williams--do what they can, but even one of them will soon be dead. Sequel to Left Behind (BR 13919). 1996.

Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides BR 13922
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
3 volumes
Tribulation Force members Rayford, Buck, and Tsion survive the worldwide earthquake, although Tsion is buried alive. Rayford and Buck try to locate their wives, and then Rayford has to investigate the charges that Amanda has been working with Nicolae. Meanwhile, Nicolae suffers a setback as thousands of people find Christ. Sequel to Nicolae (BR 13921). 1998.

Apollyon: The Destroyer Is Unleashed BR 13923
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
3 volumes
In Jerusalem, 144,000 witnesses gather in a stadium to hear the words of Tsion Ben-Judah. But Nicolae Carpathia, the Antichrist, also speaks in hopes of diverting Christians to his beliefs. The Tribulation continues as the faithful endure several more judgments. Sequel to Soul Harvest (BR 13922). Bestseller 1999.

The Bondwoman's Narrative BR 14000
by Hannah Crafts
3 volumes
In the 1850s, Hannah Crafts, a North Carolina slave, flees north. She relates factors that caused her to seek freedom and events of her perilous journey. Introduction by Henry Louis Gates Jr., who discovered and edited the nineteenth-century manuscript, considered the first work of fiction by an African American woman. 2002.

The Cottage BR 14062
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
Seventy-year-old film idol Coop Winslow is broke and forced to take in boarders to keep his mansion. Newly divorced Mark Friedman and widowed Jimmy O'Connor bring new life to the estate, especially when Mark's teenagers move in. Coop gradually rekindles his interest in the world around him. Some strong language. 2002.

A Knight in Shining Armor BR 14063
by Jude Deveraux
3 volumes
When Dougless Montgomery's boyfriend abandons her in England, her tears conjure up a knight from 1564--Nicholas Stafford, earl of Thornwyck. As they travel between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries, Nicholas gives Dougless the self-esteem she needs to find a true partner. Some descriptions of sex. 1989.

Kaleidoscope: A Countess Karitska Novel BR 14067
by Dorothy Gilman
2 volumes
New adventures in the world of crime as Madame Karitska The Clairvoyant Countess (RC 12703) teams up again with Detective Lieutenant Pruden. The psychic calls on him after an attaché case full of diamonds is thrown in her lap on the New York subway. 2002.

The Shepherd's Voice BR 14071
by Robin Lee Hatcher
2 volumes
Ransom, Idaho; 1934. Gabe Talmadge spent ten years in prison. Now four years after his release, he is having trouble finding work and returns home hoping for shelter, if not love, with his father. Unwelcome there, Gabe discovers work, hope, and love with Akira Macauley, who asked God for help on her sheep farm. 2000.

All the Finest Girls BR 14072
by Alexandra Styron
2 volumes
Lonely Adelaide "Addy" Abraham travels to a Caribbean island to attend her former black nanny's funeral. In Addy's disturbed childhood, Louise had offered her the love her wealthy parents couldn't. On Lou's home ground, Addy learns Lou's family history. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

A Trust Betrayed: First Chapter of Margaret Kerr of Perth BR 14073
by Candace Robb
2 volumes
Scotland, 1297. Young Margaret Kerr's husband, trader Roger Sinclair, has been missing for months, and his cousin has been murdered while searching for him. Margaret travels to her uncle's inn in Edinburgh to seek information, only to become involved in espionage and her country's struggle for independence. 2001.

Takeoffs and Landings BR 14074
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
1 volume
Chuck, a fat and insecure fifteen-year-old, and his popular fourteen-year-old sister, Lori, leave their grandparents' farm to accompany their mother--a famous motivational speaker--on a professional tour. Over the next two weeks the family begins to reconcile its differences and its guilt over the father's death. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper BR 14076
by Harriet Scott Chessman
1 volume
A sequence of five imaginary reflections by Lydia as she poses for her younger sister, impressionist painter Mary Cassatt, in late-nineteenth-century Paris. Although terminally ill with Bright's disease, Lydia enjoys the intimacy of sitting as a model, pondering immortality, the purpose of art, and Mary's relationship with Edgar Dégas. 2001.

Stuck in Neutral BR 14082
by Terry Trueman
1 volume
Fourteen-year-old Shawn has a phenomenal memory for everything he's ever heard, but nobody knows it because his cerebral palsy has made him unable to communicate. Now Shawn suspects that his father, in a misguided plan to end the boy's pain, is planning to kill him. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. Printz Honor. 2000.

Gardener to the King BR 14085
by Frédéric Richaud
1 volume
At Versailles, Louis XIV's court revolves around him, the Sun King. But his nobly born gardener prefers tending his fruits and vegetables over Louis's volatile politics. Intrigued by the gardener's serenity, Louis invites him to dinner. The farmer, however, dismayed by the palace's decadence, slips away to the simpler pleasures of nature. 2000.

Hotel of the Saints: Stories BR 14090
by Ursula Hegi
1 volume
Eleven short stories dealing with love and attachments. In "The Juggler," a divorced musician worries about her daughter marrying a blind man. In "The End of All Sadness," a woman allows her new husband to abuse her and her child at great cost. Some strong language. 2001.

Call for the Dead BR 14091
by John Le Carré
2 volumes
George Smiley investigates the apparent suicide of British foreign officer Samuel Fennan, who had recently been cleared of accusations of Communism. 1961.

The Truth Seeker: The O'Malley Series, Book 3 BR 14102
by Dee Henderson
3 volumes
Chicago forensic pathologist Lisa O'Malley unintentionally puts her life in danger when she assists U.S. Marshal Quinn Diamond, her brother's partner, in searching for a serial killer. Quinn tries to understand Lisa's lack of faith in God in light of her Christian upbringing. Sequel to The Guardian (BR 14101). 2001.

The Protector: The O'Malley Series, Book 4 BR 14103
by Dee Henderson
3 volumes
As firefighter Lieutenant Jack O'Malley searches for a serial arsonist, he falls in love with burn victim and former colleague Cassie Ellis. Meanwhile his sister Jennifer is dying, and Jack prays that her death will be peaceful. Sequel to The Truth Seeker (BR 14102). 2001.

My Name Is Red BR 14128
by Orhan Pamuk
5 volumes
A tale of conflict, conspiracy, murder, passion, and Islamic miniaturist art from the Ottoman Empire, set in sixteenth-century Istanbul. The human voices of a corpse and his murderer, among many others, and the nonhuman ones of a dog, a tree, and a gold coin propel the intricate plot. Some strong language. 2001.

Beacon Street Mourning BR 14147
by Dianne Day
2 volumes
San Francisco, 1909. Private investigator Fremont Jones and her partner, Michael Kossoff, travel to Boston to see Fremont's dying father. Fremont suspects that her nasty stepmother, Augusta, has caused her father's illness. But after Augusta is shot, the two investigate other possibilities. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

The Long Good Boy: A Rachel Alexander and Dash Mystery BR 14169
by Carol Lea Benjamin
2 volumes
New York City private detective Rachel Alexander is hired by a trio of transvestite hookers to find who murdered one of their friends. With help from a dachshund, Rachel and her pit bull, Dash, infiltrate the seamy underground and discover crooked cops and drugs. Violence and strong language. 2001.

The Emperor of Ocean Park BR 14190
by Stephen L. Carter
6 volumes
African American law professor Talcott Garland is drawn into a political conspiracy after his father--a disgraced former Supreme Court nominee--dies suddenly. Apparently the judge left clues leading to evidence of crimes by former colleagues in high places and wants his son to exact revenge. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 2002.

Mobtown BR 14228
by Jack Kelly
2 volumes
Rochester, New York; 1959. A woman who suspects her husband is cheating with a teenager hires ex-cop-turned-private eye Ike Van Savage. Another client fears that she will be the third dead wife of gangster Joe Petrone. Both cases have unexpected consequences. Strong language and some violence. 2002.

My Little Blue Dress BR 14233
by Bruno Maddox
2 volumes
Spoof of memoirs purports to document the heroine's varied experiences throughout the entire twentieth century. Facts and details soon become suspect, and the author reveals his gender, identity, and satiric intent. Some strong language. 2001.

Hotel World BR 14235
by Ali Smith
2 volumes
Sara, a chambermaid at the Global Hotel in England, plummets to her death in a dumbwaiter. Her death leads to the convergence of the lives of four women: her sister, the hotel receptionist, a journalist, and a homeless woman. Sara's restless ghost observes her grieving family. Some strong language. 2001.

Seek BR 14252
by Paul Fleischman
1 volume
Robert, a high school senior, writes his autobiography as a screenplay for a class project, describing his lifelong search for his father, a disc jockey. After listening year after year to all forms of radio, Robert starts his own program, and his father calls in. For senior high readers. 2001.

Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington BR 14299
by Mary Higgins Clark
2 volumes
The book opens on preparations for John Adams's inauguration, with George Washington reminiscing about his career and family life--specifically his successful marriage to widow Martha "Patsy" Custis. He continues the story as he and Patsy retire to his Mount Vernon, Virginia, estate. Bestseller 1968.

The Importance of Being Ernestine: An Ellie Haskell Mystery BR 14300
by Dorothy Cannell
2 volumes
Lady Krumley has a family curse. Ellie Haskell and Roxie Malloy, posing as private detectives, agree to break it. Their task entails finding Ernestine, the daughter of their elderly employer's former maid. Lady Krumley had mistreated the maid and seeks to make amends to the daughter--now forty years old. 2002.

A Dance for Emilia BR 14302
by Peter S. Beagle
1 volume
Jake and Sam have been best friends since childhood. When Sam dies unexpectedly, Jake goes back east for the funeral. There he meets Emilia, Sam's last love, who wound up taking care of his cat. But their profound longing brings Sam back, speaking and moving through the pet's body. Some strong language. 2000.

Duke of Egypt BR 14304
by Margriet de Moor
2 volumes
Holland, 1960s. Joseph, a Gypsy, falls in love with Lucie, a settled farm girl. They marry, but Joseph can't shake his wandering ways and accompanies his family every summer. When he returns, Joseph spins poetic tales of Gypsy life, gradually revealing wrenching details of his family's experience during World War II. 1996.

Claire Marvel BR 14306
by John Burnham Schwartz
2 volumes
Julian Rose reflects on Claire Marvel, a fellow Harvard student with whom he began a momentous affair in 1985. Their romance suffers from Julian's timidity, Claire's father's illness, and Claire's ultimate betrayal with Julian's advisor. As Julian follows his fate, he cannot help looking back. 2002.

Fair Warning BR 14328
by Robert Olen Butler
2 volumes
Suave Amy Dickerson, single, forty, and an upscale art auctioneer in New York City, might finally have met a few men who do not bore her. In the world of collecting, however, motivations are difficult to decipher. Amy simultaneously juggles the demands of her widowed mother and her married, younger sister. Some strong language. 2002.

The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart BR 14332
by Alice Walker
2 volumes
In this fictionalized memoir and autobiography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist reflects on the nature of passion and relationships and the ambivalence of life and love. Explores the African American experience and discusses issues endemic to interracial marriages in "To My Young Husband." Descriptions of sex and strong language. 2000.

Why Did I Ever BR 14340
by Mary Robison
2 volumes
Mordant, darkly satirical diary of overwhelmed screenwriter Money Breton. Her fragmentary, shifting focus often lands on the problems of her adult children, specifically Paulie, the victim of a violent sex crime. She drives around the South at breakneck speeds, and occasionally flies off to Hollywood to salvage her career. Strong language. 2001.

Q Is for Quarry BR 14355
by Sue Grafton
3 volumes
Eighteen years ago, California policemen Stacey Oliphant and Con Dolan investigated the murder of a Jane Doe. The case was never resolved. Now retired and in ill health, they ask Kinsey Millhone for help as they try one last time to solve the case. Some strong language. Bestseller 2002.

Maigret at the Coroner's BR 14361
by Georges Simenon
2 volumes
In 1949 French Chief Superintendent Maigret is in Tucson, Arizona, on a professional junket where he attends a trial. Five air force men are accused of causing the death of a woman they abandoned in the desert. Cultural differences continually intrigue the detective. Some strong language. 1952.

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