A successful lawyer suddenly disappears leaving behind his wife and daughter. Neither have any idea where he might be until they discover an old love letter written years ago to a woman in Burma. Daughter Julia takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her father's past as she uncovers a tale that will reaffirm her belief in the power of love.
... try these stories of lovers and abandonment with some folk tales thrown in.
The 2013 All Iowa Reads selection explores the lives and choices of a single American family during the final decades of the 20th century. Daughter Anita wants nothing more than to raise a family in her hometown, while her brother Ryan watches restlessly from the sidelines, planning his escape. He is joined by cousin Chip, an unpredictable, war-damaged loner who shows Ryan the appeal and the perils of freedom. The youngest daughter, Torrie, is another rebel intent on escape, whose choices lead to tragedy.
... try one of these stories set in Iowa, stories about self-fulfillment, or stories about family relationships and sagas.
A mysterious gunman is befriended by homesteaders and stays to help them fight the town nemesis, a ruthless cattle baron intent on driving everyone out. Published in 1949, Shane has sold over 12 million copies and been translated into 30 foreign languages. In 1985, the Western Writers of America named it the best Western novel ever written.
... try these adventures about the west and settling the frontier.
Set on a remote Australian island, a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.
... try these stories about missing children, emotional isolation, and family secrets.
An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.
... try these thrillers about psychological suspense and self-identity.