Ken Kesey Pages: 325 Published: 1962
The book: Randle Patrick McMurphy manages to get himself admitted to a mental hospital to serve out the last few months of his prison term, thinking the hospital will be a better option. Nurse Ratched runs the ward he is in like a dictatorship, where there are severe penalties for failure to follow her rules. McMurphy challenges Nurse Ratched, flouting her rules and leading many of the other patients astray. What started as a game turns into a deadly battle of wills. The story is narrated by a Native American, Chief Bromden, who has been a patient in the hospital for years.
Amor Towles Pages: 462 Published: 2016
The book: In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced, by a Bolshevik court, to house arrest in the Metrapol Hotel in Moscow.
The Count must now live in a small attic room, and confine his activities to the hotel. He forms unexpected friendships with both staff and guests. One particular friendship will impact his life emotionally more than the revolution itself.
Wilkie Collins Pages: 627 First published: 1860
The book: Walter Hartright, a drawing master, is walking back to London on a moonlit night when he encounters an unusual woman dressed all in white, to whom he provides assistance. It appears that perhaps she has escaped from an asylum.
Later that week he takes up a new post as drawing tutor to the beautiful Laura Fairlie at Limmeridge House. Laura is engaged to the apparently sinister Sir Percival Glyde.
There seems to be some sort of connection between the woman in white, Limmeridge House, and Sir Percival Glyde.
M.J. Fiévre Pages: 170 Published: 2015
The book: This is M.J. Fiévre’s memoir of growing up in Haiti during the rise and fall of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, which was a violent time for the country.
While chaos reigns outside in the streets, inside Fiévre’s own home there are also tumultuous times, and her family tiptoes on eggshells around her father and his mood swings.
Debra Dean Pages: 228 Published: 2006
The book: Marina, an elderly Russian, lives in the USA with her husband. Her granddaughter is getting married. She is trying to live day to day but ordinary tasks become harder and harder as her mind seems to fail her. Life around her is confusing. Her past life in Russia sometimes seems more real than the present. But what exactly happened in the past? What is it that Marina is remembering?