The following adult fiction titles are available at the Peter White Public Library and are sure to help you escape the endless snowfall this spring.
In this exhilarating novel, Robert Olen Butler does a fantastic job blending fiction with real-life 1915 global hysteria. With WWI in full swing, American spy and war correspondent Christopher Marlowe "Kit" Cobb finds himself hot on the trail of a German American spy named Bauer aboard the doomed ship Lusitania. While aboard the ship, Cobb meets actress Selene Bourgani with whom he begins a romantic attachment, falling in love with her. It becomes apparent to Cobb that the mysterious Selene has her own secrets regarding events in the conflict raging in Europe. Following the historic sinking of the Lusitania, Cobb becomes further entangled in the web of deceit cast by Selene as he follows her to Istanbul. Through all of the blood-soaked drama Cobb relies on his intuition to uncover Selene's true motives, only to discover her hidden agenda could bring down some of the great powers of the world.
The Star of Istanbul: A Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller by Robert Olen Butler
Bingo Mwolo is a 15 year old street-smart Kenyan who often boasts that he's the fastest runner in the slums of Kibera, Nairobi. However, Bingo isn't an exceptional athlete. He's a drug runner! After witnessing a drug related murder, Bingo is thrown into an orphanage for his protection and a new relationship with an American, Ms. Steele, changes his life forever. Levine's novel is a wildly entertaining, very funny, and always moving story of a boy abandoned in a corrupt and dangerous world who must rely on his limited abilities to survive.
Bingo's Run by James A. Levine
Beautifully voiced, this is a quiet story about a young North Korean man named Yohan. After being caught by Americans during the Korean War and held as a prisoner for 3 years he is eventually released and sent to a coastal town in Brazil to start a new life. There, he is to be an apprentice of a Japanese tailor, Kiyoshi. Through his relationships with Kiyoshi, the groundskeeper of the town church, Peixe, and two vagrant children, Santi and Bia, Yohan learns about life while letting go of his past. The story is mainly told through flashbacks with lyrical descriptions of people our protagonist meets on his journey to find a new home.
Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon
In preparation of the Rapture, fifteen year-old Jess Metcalf and her evangelical family are packed up for a road trip heading west toward California. Jess's father is certain his family will be among the chosen ones at the Second Coming. No rest stop, gas station, or road-side diner is off limits for her father on a mission to save as many souls as possible along the way. On their journey, Jess discovers family secrets that cause her to reevaluate herself and her religion. Each stop will lead the increasingly splintered family further down an unexpected path. This is a story of one young teen's simultaneous desire to both belong and escape. Miller makes this coming-of-age tale work as both a moving portrayal of a bright but vulnerable teen and a biting social critique on religious extremism.
The Last Days of California by Mary Miller
While living in Beijing, China, Iraq War veteran Ellie McEnroe is contacted by an old flame and army buddy to help track down his missing brother. Ellie figures she can give some peace of mind to her friend and see some more of her newly adopted home country. What follows is a suspenseful and often surprising ride through back alleys, dumpling shops, the art world and virtual reality. On her new mission, Ellie travels from Beijing to Yangshuo to Kunming to Shanghai and many places in between. Along the way, she's attacked, all but kidnapped and almost killed. Ellie finds herself entangled in a conspiracy that may or may not involve en evil biotechnology company, eco-terrorists, an art-obsessed Chinese billionaire, and lots of cats.
Hour of the Rat by Lisa Brackmann
By Dominic M. Davis,
Peter White Public Library