By Michael Cunningham
DB 47310, LT 6738, Available on BARD
The spirit of Virginia Woolf permeates the lives of several American readers as evidenced in this trio of tales about the author Woolf, a New Yorker planning a party to honor a writer, and a young mother reading Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (BR 11925, DB 21624). Some strong language. Bestseller. 1998.
By Jo Baker
BR 20385, DB 77776, LT 16055, Available on BARD
Regency England. In this reimagined tale of the Bennet family, from Pride and Prejudice (DB 50549), the joys and crises of the servants take center stage. The world of orphaned housemaid Sarah changes when a new footman is hired. 2013.
By Geraldine Brooks
DB 64617, Available on BARD
Reverend March, the husband and father from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (DB 58830) leaves Connecticut to become an army chaplain during the Civil War. An assignment to teach freed slaves on a plantation changes March’s view of humanity while hardship hurts his family. Pulitzer Prize winner. Strong language and some violence. 2005.
By John Banville
DB 89583, Available on BARD
Man Booker Prize-winning author extends the story of Isabel Archer, from Henry James’s Portrait of a Lady (DB 51264). After Isabel discovers the dispiriting truth about her new husband, Gilbert, she returns to London to sort out her feelings. There, she begins a grand tour to evaluate her options. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
By Zadie Smith
DB 61204, LT 5525, Available on BARD
Philandering liberal Englishman Howard Belsey teaches art at a New England college. When Howard’s biracial son Jerome falls in love with the daughter of the conservative Trinidadian Monty Kipps, Howard is dismayed. But Howard’s and Monty’s wives become friends. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2005. (Reimagining of Howard’s End, DB 34285).
By Margaret Atwood
BR 16454, DB 63014, Available on BARD
Penelope is in Hades recalling the events of her life in this contemporary retelling of the ancient Greek tale of the faithful wife of Odysseus and her twelve hanged maids. 2005.
The Sixteenth of June
By Maya Lang
DB 86819, LT 18443, Available on BARD
On the hundredth anniversary of the happenings in James Joyce’s Ulysses (BR 10287, DB 19994), June and Michael Portman begin their yearly celebration with a funeral. Their children, Leo and Stephen, are dealing with their own stalled lives. Nora, Leo’s fiance and Stephen’s best friend, grieves her own mother. Some strong language. 2014.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel
By David Wroblewski
DB 66656, BR 17799, LT 8972, Available on BARD
Wisconsin, 1970s. Gar and Trudy Sawtelle raise an intuitive and intelligent dog breed on their farm. One dog, Almondine, can communicate with the Sawtelle’s mute son Edgar. After Gar’s brother arrives, Gar dies and fourteen-year-old Edgar flees into the forest with three of the dogs. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008. (Reimagining of Hamlet, BR 17783, DB 24285).
A Thousand Acres
By Jane Smiley
DB 33926, Available on BARD
Larry Cook owns a thousand acres of Iowa farmland that is unmortgaged and some of the richest soil around. At a party given in celebration of the return of Jess Clark, a local man, after an absence of thirteen years, Cook announces that he is retiring and dividing the land among his three daughters. But the gift soon begins to tear the family apart, and secrets, long hidden, begin to surface. Some strong language. 1991. (Retelling of King Lear, BR 9396, DB 29214).