Sofia and her fated daughters, Fe, Esperanza, Caridad, and la Loca, endure hardship and enjoy love in the sleepy New Mexico hamlet of Tome, a town teeming with marvels where the comic and the horrific, the real and the supernatural, reside.
"Certain books by our most talented essayists... carry inside their covers the heat and struggle of a life's central choice being made and the price being paid, while the writer tells us about other matters, and leaves behind a path of sadness and sparkling loss. Reading Lolita in Tehran is such a book."- The Atlantic Monthly
First-novelist Chabon, with "distinctive vision" and "an elegiac, graceful style," spins a story about alienated youth that, while serving up some familiar details of sex, alcohol and drugs, "fully engages the reader in the lives of an appealing cast of characters,"- Publisher's Weekly
MR. WROE'S VIRGINS casts a spell on readers from the outset, playing on our expectations and touching a chord of desire that could lead to disaster on nearly every page. With an intelligence and skill that recall the work of A. S. Byatt and Margaret Atwood, Jane Rogers has given us novel of ideas that is not so much to be read as to be devoured.
The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. An Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Fiction Pick of the Year. An American Library Association Notable Book.
Celtic legends, with their romance and violent struggle, capture the spirit of the ancient Celts of Ireland and Wales. These tales of mighty battles fought by warrior kings, of events that trace the rise and fall of kingdoms, are rich with the magic and mystery that is woven into the lives of their people.