Solo – Rana Dasgupta
A blind chemist lives alone in Sofia. He is old – he has witnessed a whole century of Bulgarian war and setback – and the years have proved a disappointment. Wondering if he has anything to leave the world, he immerses himself in a spectacular reimagining of his life.
Set in a country that has belonged sometimes to Asia and sometimes to Europe, Solo is a book about lost roots, broken traditions and wasted human endeavours – and the exquisite ways in which human beings overcome them.
The Rome Prophecy – Jon Trace
A white-knuckle thriller in the dark heart of Rome
A woman has been arrested on the streets of Rome. She’s young. She’s beautiful. She’s covered in blood. And she claims to be an ancient prophet on the run from a mighty power that centuries ago brought the eternal city to its knees.
Ex-priest Tom Shaman teams up with a headstrong policewoman to unravel the mystery. But within Rome’s churches and corridors of power, stealthy enemies are conspiring against them. And someone is re-enacting sinster legends from the city’s bloody past…
Loaded with action that rockets from gothic plazas through majestic cathedrals and into the vast catacombs lurking beneath the city, this electrifying thriller will dazzle fans of Dan Brown and Chris Kuzneski.
Sleeping with Beauty – Danna Kauffman
Once upon a time there was a beautiful graceful princess – sound asleep in the heart of a gawky, klutzy young woman…
At twenty-eight, elementary-school teacher Lucy Harper still feels more like a wallflower than the sex goddess she knows is trapped inside her. In fact, she can barely remember the last time she actually had sex. She claims she’s content with her life, but she doesn’t even realize she’s slipping into a coma-a sex coma, that is. Until It arrives: the invitation to her ten-year high school reunion.
Lucy’s childhood pals Jana and Grady are baffled by her decision to attend. But they’ve managed to put geek-hood behind them. This may be Lucy’s last chance to lose her loser reputation and knock her ex-classmates’ socks off-thanks to the modern-day fairy godmothers at Glass Slipper, Inc. For a not-so-small fee, they promise to bring out the princess in any woman. If only Lucy’s friends were more supportive, especially Grady. After all, he loves her like a sister. Doesn’t he?
Soon Lucy is under the scrutiny of eccentric self-made diva Vivian dePalma. And the diagnosis is dour: Lucy has slipped into the final stage of Sleeping Beauty Syndrome-meaning her love life is near death. Can Vivian rouse her in time for the reunion? And will a kiss from her teen crush really be enough to awaken her? For Lucy hasn’t quite opened her eyes to one important truth: the soul mate she’s been dreaming of has never left her side.