From the Booker Prize-winning author of "The Remains of the Day "comes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.
In an age of literary pyrotechnics, unreliable narrators and blurred genres, Jane Smiley has written a ravishing and defiantly old-fashioned novel set on the same Iowa soil she tilled in her Pulitzer Prize–winning A Thousand Acres. Some Luck (Knopf), the first book in a three-volume series, chronicles one family's triumphs and travails as they work to wrest a living from their farm.
An ocean liner sinks in 1914 and the 39 passengers aboard a lifeboat, spending 19 days fighting for survival. How people behave under the worst of circumstances is at the core of this book--great discussion book. Read more about it here: http://www.justthebookstore.com/book/9780316185905