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After the Fire
Hyacinth has always been a bit of a softie and a dreamer. She's an artist who loves to paint pictures of her family. They coddle her and care for her every need with their ample wealth. One day she meets and falls in love with a poor medical student, Gerald, and marries him despite the reservations of her mother. It isn't long before things begin to deteriorate in their marriage and after a long time of repressing her feelings and pretending nothing's wr...
Her Father's House
Delacorte, Aug 2002, 25.95, 342 pp. ISBN: 0385334729 In 1968 Rising New York attorney Donald Wolfe meets, dates, and marries Lillian Morris. However, happily ever after fails to materialize and they quickly part but not before she becomes pregnant. Lillian remarries and Donald sees their child Bettina once a week. During his visits Tina's nanny accompanies the little girl. The nanny informs Donald that Lillian ignores their daughter while pla...
Homecoming
There is something this story is missing. Everyone in 85 year old Annette Byrne's family is at war with each other. She wants to gather her family together at home and have them all make peace even knowing the strong bitterness between them. Annette does just that, and they all have a big fight with one another until an incident happens to bring them together while meeting at Annette's home. ...
Legacy of Silence
Caroline flees war torn Europe with her sister Lore leaving their parents behind. Caroline's mother is Jewish and Hitler has taken power and the girls must flee to the United States for their safety. She has also left behind the love of her life. Walter. Upon arriving in the States Caroline realizes she is pregnant and of course unwed since she was awaiting Walter's arrival. The girls ban together and plan to make life as best as they can, w...

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Looking Back (Literature)
Three women met at school and have been best buddies ever since then. Cecile, confident, elegant daughter of privlege; Norma extraordinarily gifted but sadly troubled a lot. Then there's Amanda,determined to rise above her humble southern beginnings. Amanda and Cecile are both married women, yet Amanda very unhappily so. Cecile is trying to have a baby. Yet the three are always friends. Then something unexpected happens that forever alters the picture...
Looking Back (Romance)
Delacorte, Apr 2001, 25.95, 352 pp. ISBN: 0385334710 Norma and Cecile come from wealth with their families knowing one another for years. On the other hand, Amanda has lived her entire life being dirt poor. Only an academic scholarship allows her to attend the same university as Norma and Cecile. The three becomes college roommates and ultimately friends for life in spite of Amanda's background. After graduation, the trio moves on w...
The Sight of the Stars
Delacorte, Jan 2004, 25.95, 311 pp. ISBN: 0385336837 In 1907, teenager Adam Arnring leaves New Jersey and his family to head west. After three days by train, Adam listens to the conductor talk about Chatahoochie, Texas probably rolling in money. He leaves the train at the small stop and wanders around until he enters Rothirsch's, a shabby store, where he might buy a book or two. There he observes a fight between two older people and a beautifu...