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Instructions for a Heatwave - O'Farrell

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Instructions for a Heatwave
by: Maggie O'Farrell

When a recently retired family patriarch clears out his bank account and disappears during a sweltering summer in 1976, his three children converge on their mother's home for the first time in years and track clues to an ancestral village in Ireland, uncovering family secrets along the way.

... try these stories about family secrets, dysfunctional families, missing people and british perspectives.



Beautiful Ruins - Walter

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Beautiful Ruins
by: Walter, Jess

The almost love affair between a young Italian innkeeper and a beautiful American starlet in 1962 is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.

... try these stories about lost love, missed opportunities, love and fame.


Me Before You - Moyes

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Me Before You
by: Moyes, Jojo

As an assistant to a wheelchair-bound, former extreme sports enthusiast, Louisa struggles with her employer’s acerbic moods, and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.

... try these stories about caregivers, life-changing events, and sweetly tragic romances.


The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - Sendker

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
by: Sendker, Jan-Phillip

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 Year We Left Home - Thompson

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The Year We Left Home
by: Thompson, Jean

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.


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