A Jazz Age socialite impulsively adopts an orphaned boy in this humorous, heartwarming tale In 1929 London, twenty-eight-year-old Lesley Frewen lives a privileged, cultured life. But one thing is missing: love. When her aunt’s female companion suddenly dies, leaving behind a young son, Lesley decides on a whim to adopt four-year-old Patrick—though she doesn’t have any particular affection for children. As soon as Patrick moves in with her, Lesley gets to work using her connections to enroll him in the finest boys’ school. But she quickly discovers London is no place to raise a child, and they relocate to the tiny village of High Westover. The hamlet boasts a post office, a church, and a vicarage. There’s an apple orchard and children for Patrick to play with. However, the country comes with its own set of daunting challenges: Lesley can’t imagine how she’ll entertain her friends there! But ultimately life with Patrick will change her, bringing out her capacity to love and showing her the difference between pleasure and happiness.
Four charming, witty novels—including The Nutmeg Tree—from the “highly gifted” New York Times–bestselling author of Cluny Brown (The New Yorker). A master of the twentieth-century comedy of manners, British author Margery Sharp has been praised as “one of the most gifted writers of comedy” (Chicago Daily News) and “a wonderful entertainer” (The New Yorker). Available for the first time in a single volume, this quartet of novels provides a shining example of “her brilliantly acerbic fiction . . . [and] one of her greatest talents, creating female characters of toughness and complexity” (The New York Times). Something Light: In 1950s London, professional dog photographer Louisa Datchett has decided it’s high time she snared herself a husband. Up until now, she’s been indiscriminately fond of men, who’ve taken shocking advantage of her good nature. At age thirty Louisa is ready for someone to take care of her and sets out on her romantic quest, in this New York Times bestseller. “Brisk, bright, sly, engaging . . . a pleasure to read.” —Chicago Tribune The Nutmeg Tree: Motherhood was never really free-spirited Julia Packett’s thing. Following the loss of her husband in World War I, Julia turned to her well-heeled in-laws to raise her daughter. Now twenty, Susan invites her mother to France for the summer to persuade her grandmother to allow her to marry. When Julia arrives, she quickly sees that her proper daughter is mismatched with a playboy. And when Susan’s distinguished legal guardian, Sir William Waring, shows up, romantic complications ensue. “Original, subtle, and consistently entertaining.” —Kirkus Reviews The Flowering Thorn: In 1929 London, socialite Lesley Frewen impulsively decides to adopt an orphaned boy. Moving to the tiny village of High Westover, Lesley finds herself challenged by a whole new way of life and changed by a young boy who begins to awaken her capacity to love. “To those who ‘discovered’ Margery Sharp with The Nutmeg Tree, the reissue of this earlier novel . . . will be good news. The city-bred-country-won theme is handled with gay humor and enough of sentiment for general appeal.” —Kirkus Reviews The Innocents: As World War II separates a three-year-old, mentally challenged girl from her parents, a British spinster takes on the responsibility of raising her and the two grow closer. But when the war is over and the girl’s mother returns, Antoinette doesn’t want to be separated from the only person who’s ever really understood her. “Marvelously crafted . . . believable and heart-wrenching . . . [Sharp] is an incredibly perceptive writer.” —The Literary Sisters
Language Arts & Disciplines by Diane Long Hoeveler
Sonny Bravo is a tender, unusually smart fifteen-year-old who is living with his vivacious mother in a large city where intense prejudice is not just white against black, but also brown. When Sonny’s mother, Silvia, suddenly marries an Okie building contractor named Cloyd Longpre, they are uprooted to a small apartment building, Los Flores. As Sonny sweeps its sidewalks, he meets his neighbors and becomes ensnared in their lives: Cindy, an eighteen-year-old druggie who is married and bored; Nica, a cloistered Mexican girl who cares for her infant brother but who is never allowed to leave their unit. The other tenants range from Pink, an albino black man who sells old cars in front of the building, to Bud, a muscled-up construction worker who hates blacks and Mexicans, even while he’s married to a Mexican-American woman. Dagoberto Gilb, in arguably his most powerful work yet, has written an inspiring novel about hate, pain, anger, and love that transcends age, race, and time. Gilb’s novel displays the fearlessness and wit that have helped make him one of this country’s most authentic and original voices.
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Lloyd Zing, university lecturer, tells himself it does not really matter if he has sex with a female student who wants her exam scores influenced. Everybody does it. No one will know. The HOD, his boss, will not know. Besides, his wife is late. He does it and is infected with HIV. The monster is alive! In his dilemma, he gets hypnotized. He uses the virgin cure (‘the younger the age the more potent the cure’) and rapes his four year old daughter. He commits suicide once he realises the deception. The monster rages! Philip Zing, Lloyd’s brother and urologist, learns what Lloyd has done. He is devastated but fights and redirects his passion to giving hope to the monster’s victims. Philip has a lovely wife and a dreamer daughter whose dreams always come true. Citizens of The Earth (CiTE) is a gang of six powerful cultic stinking rich business gurus. Van Mirkovich is Don and leader. Together with his heartless CiTE cohorts, wield powerful influences on the economies of many countries. No one trespasses their path without paying the ultimate price. They murder with impunity. The hit man is the notorious African American, T.M. Kay. Virgin cure myth is CiTE’s brain child. ‘SOMBC’ condoms and the nocuous JG vaccine equally trail behind. The propagator, Lady Sabrina Zithulele rules supreme in the Southern Africa territories via their clinic – Locale international. The monster is unleashed! The result? Death to the continent! Philip, with the help of his childhood friend Martin Musawenkosi, Prof Elettra B. Alessio and Barrister Kayo Cadman, sets up a non – profit organisation called ‘Lily’. They aim to give care and hope to those living with the monster. Through the likes of Lola, Bola, Chucks, Tunde and Bibi, victim and non-victims, but sympathetic multilevel awareness wrung campaigners, Lily’s messages soon spread to all strata of society. Hope is born! CiTE’s new target is the economy of Africa’s most populous country. CiTE finds Lily, dangles bait and condition. Would Lily accept marketing SOMBC condoms and the nocuous JG vaccine? Lily rejects condition and offer. Lily is marked! Philip and Martin speak at the one million-man match against this monstrous Africa’s plague in Windhoek, Namibia. The match turns out more repertories than hoped for; colourful African dancers striving to outdo each other and more. CiTE becomes aggravated and vows to annihilate Lily. CiTE is Lily’s thorns. The contract is out! CiTE sniper, Kay does what he does best. He murders Martin Musawenkosi. Now, the hunter is haunted! Haunted? Not likely for a veteran killer, except ..... Then in a twist of faith, he turns around, quits CiTE and joins Lily. Faith triumphs! CiTE kills deserting members; such is the rule, written and must be so. Two attempts already failed. The Don and the Mobster, heartless Barbara Berthold tries again. And the CIA, what is their part in this? To choke the Lily or root out the thorns? Hope lives on...