With the sun setting on summer, weâre recapping the bestselling novelsÂ that had readers buzzing. These 25Â titles entered the top three spots onÂ The New York Timesâs Combined Print & Ebook Fiction Bestseller List in the weeks since Memorial Day.Â Weâve also included one honorable mention â Harry Potter and the Cursed Child â which isnât included on this particular list, butÂ flew off the shelves at a record pace. Check out these books, complete with their official publishersâ descriptions, to see if you read one of the hottest books of the summer!
The Girl on the TrainÂ by Paula Hawkins
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. Sheâs even started to feel like she knows them. âJess and Jason,â she calls them. Their life â as she sees it â is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. Itâs only a minute until the train moves on, but itâs enough. Now everythingâs changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
Me Before YouÂ by Jojo Moyes
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to loseâ¦
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life â steady boyfriend, close family â who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for exâMaster of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life â big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel â and now heâs pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy â but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A Love StoryÂ for this generation,Â Me Before YouÂ brings to life two people who couldnât have less in common â a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks,Â What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
After YouÂ by Jojo Moyes
âYouâre going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Donât settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.â
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she canât help but feel sheâs right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding â the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Willâs past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different futureâ¦
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.
The Last MileÂ by David Baldacci
In his #1 New York Times bestseller Memory Man, David Baldacci introduced the extraordinary detective Amos Decker â the man who can forget nothing. Now, Decker returns in a spectacular new thrillerâ¦Â The Last Mile.
Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution â for the violent killing of his parents 20Â years earlier â when heâs granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime.
Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Marsâs case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life: Both men were talented football players with promising careers cut short by tragedy. Both menâs families were brutally murdered. And in both cases, another suspect came forward, years after the killing, to confess to the crime. A suspect who may or may not have been telling the truth.
The confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars â guilty or not â a free man. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now?
But when a member of Deckerâs team disappears, it becomes clear that something much larger â and more sinister â than just one convicted criminalâs life hangs in the balance. Decker will need all of his extraordinary brainpower to stop an innocent man from being executed.
The WeekendersÂ by Mary Kay Andrews
Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends â and the mix between the regulars and âthe weekendersâ can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.
So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepensâ¦ in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.
Told with Mary Kay Andrewsâ trademark blend of humor and warmth, and with characters and a setting that you canât help but fall for,Â The WeekendersÂ is the perfect summer escape.
15th AffairÂ by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Lindsay Boxer has a beautiful baby daughter and a husband she loves unconditionally. Sheâd always been too focused on her career as a San Francisco police detective to wonder what domestic bliss might feel like, but now she knows, and sheâs never been happier. She canât imagine that a brutal murder at a luxury hotel, and the disappearance of a gorgeous blond woman from the scene, could have anything to do with her own life and marriage â yet soon both are unraveling, and Lindsay canât ignore disturbing clues that hit very close to home.
Just as bombs are starting to go off in her personal life, an explosive tragedy rocks San Francisco, plunging the city into chaos. Pressed into duty to investigate a criminal plot that stretches around the globe, Lindsay again finds herself following signs that lead to her own front door. Thrown into a tailspin and fighting against powerful enemies trying to protect their operatives and conceal the truth at all costs, Lindsay turns to the Womenâs Murder Club for help as she desperately searches for the elusive, and deadly, blonde before she loses Joe for good.
Filled with the pulse-pounding intrigue that has made James Patterson the worldâs #1 bestselling writer,Â 15th AffairÂ is an emotionally charged story that proves all is fair in love, war, and espionage.
The City of MirrorsÂ by Justin Cronin
The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?
The Twelve have been destroyed and the terrifying hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew â and daring to dream of a hopeful future.
But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy â humanityâs only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.
One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.
Marrying WinterborneÂ by Lisa Kleypas
A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the betterâ¦
A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhysâs determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helenâs gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhysâs enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkableâ¦ the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins withâ¦
Marrying Mr. Winterborne
The Emperorâs RevengeÂ by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon face their toughest challenge yet when a violent bank heist during the Monaco Grand Prix decimates the Corporationâs accounts. To get the money back, Juan joins forces with an old friend from his days in the CIA so they can track down a rogue hacker and a ruthless former Ukrainian naval officer. It is only after the hunt begins that the enormity of the plan comes into focus: The bank theft is just the first step in a plot that will result in the deaths of millions and bring the worldâs economies to a standstill. The catalyst for the scheme? A stunning document stolen during Napoleonâs disastrous invasion of Russia. But 200 years later, it may be the thing that brings Europe to its knees.
Cross KillÂ by James Patterson
Alex Cross, Iâm coming for you â even from the grave if I have to.
Along Came a SpiderÂ killer Gary Soneji has been dead for over 10Â years. Alex Cross watched him die. But today, Cross saw him gun down his partner. Is Soneji alive? A ghost? Or something even more sinister?
Nothing will prepare you for the wicked truth.
Bay of SighsÂ by Nora Roberts
Mermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new friends discovered when they retrieved the fire star.
Now, through space and time, traveler Sawyer King has brought the guardians to the island of Capri, where the water star is hidden. And as he watches Annika in her element, he finds himself drawn to her joyful spirit. But Sawyer knows that if he allows her into his heart, no compass could ever guide him back to solid groundâ¦
And in the darkness, their enemy broods. She lost one star to the guardians, but there is still time for blood to be spilled â the mermaidâs in the water and the travelerâs on the land. For she has forged a dangerous new weapon. Something deadly and unpredictable. Something human.
Foreign AgentÂ by Brad Thor
Terrorism in Europe has spun out of control. The United States has decided on a dramatic response. Now, the CIA needs a very special kind of operative.
Scot Harvath has exactly the skills the CIA is looking for. Heâs a former US Navy SEAL with extensive experience in espionage. Working for a private intelligence company, he will provide the CIA, and more important, the President, with absolute deniability.
But deep within the Russian Caucasus, Moscow also has its own special kind of operative. As a child, Sacha Baseyev endured an unimaginable horror. Today, he lives and breathes for only one reason â to kill. And he will kill as many Americans as it takes to accomplish his mission.
When a clandestine American operations team is ambushed near Syria, all signs point toward a dangerous informant in Brussels. But as Harvath searches for the man, he uncovers another actor â a rogue player hell-bent on forcing Americaâs hand and drawing it into a confrontation deadlier than anyone could have imagined.
As the attacks mount, and terror is brought to the very doorstep of the White House, Harvath finds himself in the race of his life. From Vienna, Brussels, and Berlin, to Malta, Jordan, and Syria â he will push himself beyond the edge in order to confront one of the greatest evils the world has ever known.
Filled with action, intrigue, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, Foreign Agent is a nonstop thrill ride that reaffirms Thorâs position as the âmaster of thrillers.â
The PursuitÂ by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Nicolas Fox, international con man, thief, and one of the top 10Â fugitives on the FBIâs most-wanted list, has been kidnapped from a beachfront retreat in Hawaii. What the kidnapper doesnât know is that Nick Fox has been secretly working for the FBI. It isnât long before Nickâs covert partner, Special Agent Kate OâHare, is in hot pursuit of the crook who stole her con man.
The trail leads to Belgium, France, and Italy, and pits Nick and Kate against their deadliest adversary yet: Dragan Kovic, an exâSerbian military officer. Heâs plotting a crime that will net him billionsâ¦ and cost thousands of American lives.
Nick and Kate have to mount the most daring, risky, and audacious con theyâve ever attempted to save a major U.S. city from a catastrophe of epic proportions. Luckily they have the help of an eccentric out-of-work actor, a bandit who does his best work in the sewers, and Kateâs dad, Jake. The pressureâs on for Nick and Kate to make this work â even if they have to lay their lives on the line.
End of WatchÂ by Stephen King
The spectacular finale to theÂ New York TimesÂ bestselling trilogy that began withÂ Mr. MercedesÂ (winner of the Edgar Award) andÂ Finders KeepersÂ âÂ InÂ End of Watch,Â the diabolical âMercedes Killerâ drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney donât figure out a way to stop him, theyâll be victims themselves.
In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.
Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero ofÂ Mr. MercedesÂ andÂ Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney â the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfieldâs head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Billâs heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.
InÂ End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction ofÂ Mr. MercedesÂ andÂ Finders KeepersÂ with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.
The GamesÂ by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
Rio has spent years preparing to host the world during the Olympic games â but they didnât prepare forÂ thisâ¦
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil â home to beautiful white-sand beaches, gorgeous women, stunning natural beauty, and the worldâs largest Carnival celebration â knows how to throw a party. So itâs a natural choice to host the biggest spectacles in sports â the World Cup and the Olympics. To ensure that the games go off without a hitch, the organizers turn to Jack Morgan, the unflappable head of the renowned international security and consulting firm Private. But when events are this exclusive, someoneâs bound to get left off the guest list.
Two years after the action nearly spilled from the field to the stands during soccerâs championship match, Jack is back in Rio for the Olympics. But before the cauldron is even lit, the only thing more intense than the competition is the security risks. When prominent clients heâs supposed to be protecting disappear, and bodies mysteriously start to litter the streets, Jack is drawn deep into the heart of a ruthless underworld populated by disaffected residents trying to crash the worldâs biggest party. As the opening ceremonies near, with the world watching in horror, Jack must sprint to the finish line to defuse a threat that could decimate Rio and turn the games from a joyous celebration into a deadly spectacle.
First Comes LoveÂ by Emily Giffin
A pair of sisters find themselves at a crossroads in this dazzling new novel from the #1Â New York TimesÂ bestselling author ofÂ Something Borrowed, Where We Belong,Â andÂ The One & Only.Â First Comes LoveÂ is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart â wherever that may lead.
First Comes LoveÂ is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart â wherever that may lead.
Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious, relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing, Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes, their delicate bond splinters.
Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late 30s, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single â andÂ this closeÂ to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother â a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriendâs daughter is assigned to her class. Determined to have the future sheâs always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.
On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, sheâs married to a wonderful man, and together theyâre raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.
As the anniversary of their tragedy looms, and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover that they need each other more than they knew â and that in the search for true happiness, love always comes first.
MagicÂ by Danielle Steel
It starts on a summer evening, with the kind of magic found only in Paris. Once a year in the City of Light, a lavish dinner takes place outside a spectacular landmark â the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dameâ¦ a new setting each time. Selected by secret invitation, the guests arrive dressed in white, with tables and chairs, white linens, flowers, fine china, sparkling crystal, and an elegant dinner. As the sun sets, thousands of candles are lit. And when the night is over, hundreds of white paper lanterns, each with a flame within, bearing everyoneâs fervent wishes, are released into the sky. Amid this wondrous White Dinner, a group of close friends stands at the cusp of change.
Jean-Philippe and Valerie Dumas are devoted to each other and their young children. He is a rising star in the financial world, she, an editor at FrenchÂ Vogue. But a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in China may lead to separation â and temptation.
The epitome of a stylish power couple from Milan, Benedetta and Gregorio Mariani run a venerable Italian clothing empire. Gregorio projects strength, but has a weakness that will ignite a crisis in their company and their marriage.
Chantal Giverny, an award-winning screenwriter, and Dharam Singh, one of Indiaâs most successful tech entrepreneurs, are singles paired for the evening. They arrive as friends, but their paths will be set on dramatically different courses before the White Dinner ends.
Spanning the globe, this breathtaking novel follows these indelible characters through a transformative year of successes and heartbreaks until the next White Dinner. From the worldâs most beloved writer, hereÂ is a tale told with extraordinary tenderness and passion, as Danielle Steel explores what it really means to have magic in our lives.
The TrialÂ by James Patterson withÂ Maxine Paetro
âIâm not on trial. San Francisco is.â
An accused murderer called Kingfisher is about to go on trial for his life. Or is he? By unleashing unexpected violence on the lawyers, jurors, and police involved in the case, he has paralyzed the city. Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Womenâs Murder Club are caught in the eye of the storm.
Now comes a courtroom shocker you will never see coming.
Truly Madly GuiltyÂ by Liane Moriarty
The new novel from Liane Moriarty, the #1Â New York TimesÂ bestselling author ofÂ The Husbandâs Secret, Big Little Lies,Â andÂ What Alice Forgot, about how sometimes we donât appreciate how extraordinary our ordinary lives are until itâs too late.
Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. Itâs just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?
InÂ Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty turns her unique, razor-sharp eye towards three seemingly happy families.
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: They have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If thereâs anything they can count on, itâs each other.
Clementine and Erika are each otherâs oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam donât hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vidâs larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
Two months later, it wonât stop raining, and Clementine and Sam canât stop asking themselves the question:Â What if we hadnât gone?
InÂ Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we donât say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.
The Black WidowÂ by Daniel Silva
Bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another spellbinding international thriller â one that finds the legendary Gabriel Allon grappling with an ISIS mastermind.
Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation âsince Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bondâ (Rocky Mountain News), is poised to become the chief of Israelâs secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.
Acclaimed novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled, entertained and educated readers with 18Â thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back â from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. From its shocking opening to its explosive denouement in Washington, D.C.,Â The Black WidowÂ reveals itself as Silvaâs most timely and powerful novel yet. Following the success of his smash hitÂ The English Spy, this electrifying thriller showcases Silvaâs consummate skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for his multitude of current and future fans.
BullseyeÂ by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Caught in the crosshairs of a deadly standoff, Detective Michael Bennett must killâ¦ or be killed.
Snow blankets the avenues of Manhattanâs exclusive Upper West Side. The storm is the perfect cover for a fashionable, highly trained team of lethal assassins as they prowl the streets, hunting their prey. But their first hit is simply target practice. Their next mission may very well turn the Cold War red-hot once again.
Stepping directly into the line of fire, the president of the United States is in New York for a summit at the United Nations with his Russian counterpart. Pulled away from his family and pressed into service, Detective Michael Bennett must trace the source of a threat that could rip the country apart â and ignite a war the likes of which the world has never seen. With allegiances constantly in doubt and no one above suspicion, only Bennett can save the president â and the country â before the assassinsâ deadly kill shot hits its mark.
Sweet TomorrowsÂ by Debbie Macomber
The much-anticipated conclusion to Debbie Macomberâs beloved Rose Harbor series, set in the picturesque town of Cedar Cove, Sweet Tomorrows is a vibrant and poignant novel of letting go of fear, following your heart, and embracing the future â come what may.
Nine months ago, Mark Taylor abruptly left Cedar Cove on a perilous mission to right a wrong from his past. Though Mark finally confessed his love for her, innkeeper Jo Marie Rose is unsure if heâs ever coming back. The Rose Harbor Inn barely seems the same without Mark, but Jo Marie canât bear to lose herself in grief once more. Determined to move forward, she begins dating again, and finds companionship when she takes on a boarder who is starting a new chapter herself.
Recovering from a twice-broken heart, Emily Gaffney, a young teacher, is staying at the inn while she looks for a home of her own. Having given up on marriage, Emily dreams of adopting children someday. She has her eye on one house in particular â with room for kids. Although Emilyâs inquiries about the house are rudely rebuffed, her rocky start with the owner eventually blossoms into a friendship. But when the relationship verges on something more, Emily will have to rethink what she truly wants and the chances sheâs willing to take.
The inn seems to be working its magic again â Emily opening herself up to love, Jo Marie moving on â until Jo Marie receives shocking news.
With Debbie Macomberâs trademark charm and wisdom, Sweet Tomorrows brings to a close the journeys of cherished characters who feel like old friends. Macomber has created an enchanting place in the Rose Harbor Inn that readers will never forget.
InsidiousÂ by Catherine Coulter
InsidiousÂ is the 20thÂ thriller in #1Â New York TimesÂ bestselling author Catherine Coulterâs FBI series. FBI agents Savich and Sherlock must discover who is trying to murder Venus Rasmussen, a powerful, wealthy society icon. They soon find out that the danger may be closer than expected.
Venus Rasmussen, a powerful woman who runs the international conglomerate Rasmussen Industries, believes someone is poisoning her. After Savich and Sherlock visit with her, someone attempts to shoot her in broad daylight. Whoâs trying to kill her and why? A member of her rapacious family, or her grandson whoâs been missing for 10Â years and suddenly reappears? Savich and Sherlock must peel away the layers to uncover the incredible truth about who would target Venus.
Meanwhile, Special Agent Cam Wittier leaves Washington for Los Angeles to work with local Detective Daniel Montoya to lead the hunt for the Starlet Slasher, a serial killer who has cut the throats of five young actresses. When a sixth young actress is murdered, Cam comes to realize the truth might be closer than sheâd ever want to believe.
With breakneck speed and unexpected twists and turns, CoulterâsÂ InsidiousÂ will leave you breathless until the shocking conclusion.
The Underground RailroadÂ by Colson Whitehead
From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slaveâs adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood â where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned â Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
In Whiteheadâs ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor â engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesarâs first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the cityâs placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.
Like the protagonist ofÂ Gulliverâs Travels,Â Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey â hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the preâCivil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day.Â The Underground RailroadÂ is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one womanâs ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildÂ by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in Londonâs West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isnât much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
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