Life

The Tea Planter's Wife is at the library

By Special to The Standard

These new books are available at St. Catharines Public Library.

Fiction

Bilgewater, by Jane Gardam

Set in 1950s Britain, Marigold, tragically nicknamed Bilgewater, is growing up in an all-boys school where her father is headmaster. Filled with quirky characters and comedic circumstances this ugly-duckling story is a painful, funny, and nuanced look at a girl coming of age.

The Tobacconist, by Robert Seethaler

At 17, Franz leaves his village and begins an apprenticeship at a Vienna tobacco shop where he meets and develops an unlikely friendship with regular customer Sigmund Freud. As Hitler’s annexation of Austria approaches, Franz and Freud are swept up into the turmoil of social and political events and each must make a big decision: to stay or to flee?

The Tea Planter’s Wife, by Dinah Jeffries

In 1920s Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), a young Englishwoman marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower, only to discover he’s keeping terrible secrets about his past, including what happened to his first wife, which lead to devastating consequences.

The Vanishing Year, by Kate Moretti

Zoe Whittaker has everything: a handsome Wall Street tycoon for a husband, a penthouse in New York City and a lake house in the country, and is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. But she once fled from a dangerous past — a past that is quickly catching up to her. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her and Zoe must decide who she can trust before she vanishes completely.

Yiddish for Pirates, by Gary Barwin

Shortlisted for the Giller Prize, a parrot recounts this high-seas tale of Moishe, a Jewish boy who has escaped the Spanish Inquisition to travel with Christopher Columbus. Filled with humour and Jewish takes on the classic pirate tale, it also provides a compelling look at mortality, memory and identity.