In 1944 Newark, devoted playground director Bucky Cantor, sidelined from the war due to his poor eyesight, watches in horror as the city's polio epidemic begins to ravage the children on his playground.
Interweaving narratives of the residents of Midland, Texas, a widower, a spinster, a treasure hunter, and a local beauty with big dreams are all connected by place and human longing against a backdrop of greed, regret, and redemption.
The author of the best-selling The Gardner Heist explores the potential mutual benefits of prioritizing trust between the public and the institutions its relies on, documenting his visit to a corrupt Latin American city and his trust-related scientific experiments. 15,000 first printing.
When a young archivist rummages through fifty years' accumulation of her photographs, seventy-year-old Maude Coffin Pratt realizes that her fame means nothing and that her true self rests on an incestuous passion
Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.
Cash-strapped writer India Palmer is visiting wealthy friends in Maine when she meets Win Johns, a swaggering and intellectually bored trader of mortgage-backed securities. Charmed by India's intelligence, humor, and inquisitive nature and aware of her near-desperate financial situation, Win proposes to make her a world-class bond trader in eighteen months. India embarks on a raucous ride to the top of the income chain, leveraging herself with crumbling real estate, never once looking back..or does she?