In Ann Patchett’s most recent novel, Maeve and Danny's father decides to surprise his then wife with a mansion, known as The Dutch House. Overwhelmed, she flees the house, leaving Cyril to raise his children alone – until he marries Andrea. Thus begins the saga of the Conroy family, taking dips and turns into the distant and near pasts, circling back to the present. Answers are unveiled in time in this fictional drive through a family's darkest and deepest memories.
In the aftermath of a devastating battle, a cybernetic time-soldier finds a letter left by her opponent, addressing her as "Red" and signed with the moniker "Blue." It's a gloating message of victory, but one that sets off a correspondence through time and space. Red and Blue hide words for each other in bones, in seeds, in water, in trees. Chasing each other through alternate histories, they encode these messages in secret, lest their overlord commanders find out and call it treason.
Famed assassin Celaena Sardothien has spent a year as a slave in the Endovier salt mines as retribution for her crimes. When Prince Dorian offers her eventual freedom, she jumps at the chance. He has one condition: she must act as the prince’s champion to win the position of royal assassin in a competition created by the sadistic King of Adarlan. She must fight against other assassins and thieves in a series of trials that require physical skill, wits, and bravery. If she wins, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years to earn her freedom. That is, if she survives.
This is the story of a marriage. A marriage in which the husband is afraid that his wife may leave him if he ever screws up. A marriage in which the wife is in complete control of everything. Including their murders. In this story, a seemingly perfect family slowly starts to unravel as the police come closer and closer to solving the murders of several missing women. Then, because of all the lies and secrets, it all falls apart in a matter of hours.
Professor Don Tillman is a brilliant academic. He lives in a world ruled by logic. His people skills, however, are rather poor. In order to find a wife, he comes up with a questionnaire for women to answer. It’s succinct, quickly weeding out the candidates who do not match his requirements. One day, his friend offers to set him up with someone. When Don meets Rosie, he immediately determines that she doesn’t measure up. Poor math skills. Vegetarian. Can’t cook. Doesn’t exercise. A smoker. But Rosie has a problem that Don finds intriguing. She is trying to find her biological father.