Little Fires Everywhere is about the disruption of a desperately planned and “perfect” neighborhood, Shaker Heights. In Shaker Heights, there are rules, there is structure and there is an ideal image to uphold, but all the planning in the world can’t stop the craziness of life from seeping in. New residents, a single mom and daughter with an interesting past, beg the interest of other residents. Another family’s questionable adoption situation splits the town in half. And then the model family, the Richardson’s house burns down. It seems in just one year, Shaker Heights gets quickly shaken up.
The Red Pony is about a young boy, Jody, who grows up on a California ranch as an only child to relatively strict parents. Through his various unique experiences on the ranch, four of which are told in this novel, Jody matures from boy to young man.
Recursion is about neuroscientist Helena Smith’s attempts to preserve memories as inspired by her Alzheimer’s-ridden mother. Concurrently, NYPD officer Barry Sutton finds himself investigating a case involving False Memory Syndrome (FMS), a new, mysterious epidemic that’s taking the world by storm. Through his investigation, he becomes entangled in Helena’s work, the side effects of her work, and the toll her work has taken on her and the world. Can Barry and Helena fulfill their purposes in this world? Is there an end to the tasks they’ve set out to do? Or have they entered into a recursion of failures?
We Were the Lucky Ones follows the Kurcs, a Jewish family with roots in Radom, Poland, through their dispersement and reunions amidst the turmoil of World War II. Despite their similar beginnings, Nechuma, Sol, and their five grown children’s stories take different routes as they flee in different directions from Poland, exhibit different methods of survival and are faced with different fates. Through it all, they attempt to care for each other and keep in touch, and in the end, they might just be the lucky ones…
Queenie is about Queenie Jenkin’s story of pain, processing and healing. When her long term boyfriend requests a “break”, Queenie sets off on the road to finding herself and learning what matters most to her. Along the way, she hits some bumps, makes some mistakes and gets to rock bottom before building back up who she wants and needs to be.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life is essentially a lecture-style writing class in book form. Lamott recounts moments from her own writing experience as well as her personal life and puts them into bite-sized suggestions for how be a writer – or, rather, how to stay a writer.
The Rosie Project is about genetics Professor Don Tillman’s search for the perfect wife. Through research/questionnaires/careful evaluation, Don believes he can find everything he’s looking for in a woman, but his project is thrown off course when Rosie enters his life, setting him down the path of a genetics project that takes up his time and transforms his world.
How Not to Die Alone is about Andrew, a man who spends his working hours searching for the next of kin of those who die alone. While securing his career, Andrew slipped a little white lie into his interview, claiming he had a wife and children. Years later, his lie still in tact, things escalate when he befriends his new co-worker, Peggy. For the first time, Andrew lets someone in and needs to decide what to do. Should he tell Peggy the truth, cutting down the web of lies he’s built and risking his reputation and job? Or should he keep up his lie, living alone, but secure in said web?
Watching You is about the people of Melville Heights, an English neighborhood with wealth, charm and secrets. When neighbors lives begin to intermingle, the secrets begin to come out, the tension begins to thicken and the drama begins to unfold. Who knows whom? Who loves whom? Who’s spying on whom? Who will murder whom?
Beyond the Point is the stories of three women who begin their journeys at West Point in the year 2000. When the terrorist attacks of September 11 take place in their sophomore year, their fates are sealed; they know they’ll be serving overseas, but life takes all three in different directions. What does the future hold? Will they stay in touch? Was West Point the right choice for each of them?