A Favorite Son is a modern twist on an old tale: Jacob and his mother are plotting together against the elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed. They wish to get their hands on the inheritance and take control of the power in the family. Jacob yearns to become the favorite son, but sees only one way to achieve it: deceit. In planning his deception, it is not love for his father, nor respect for his age that drives his hesitation--rather, it is the fear to be found out. And so, pretending to be that which he is not--he is now ready for the last moment he is going to have with his father. This is no old fairy tale. Its power is here and now, in each one of us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Kudler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005945/bk_acx0_005945_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A riveting novel in which old friends must excavate the formative event of their childhood - a murder - and determine how to pit truth against justice. Hutch Van Buren is 15 years old, playing sports and searching for arrowheads in a small industrial town in Ohio with his three closest friends when an altercation between the comrades and Petey Sanchez, a troubled 17-year-old, leads to Petey’s accidental death. Together, Hutch and his friends become ensnared in a web of secrets and moral dilemmas. A local ne’er-do-well goes to jail for the crime while the boys keep their pact of silence. Each boy shoulders the burden of truth in his own way as each attempts to leave the past behind. Thirty-three years later, in 2004, Van Buren is the prosecuting attorney in Summit County, Ohio, and a candidate for state attorney general when he learns that he and his boyhood friends weren’t the only ones keeping a secret about Petey’s death. A convicted sex offender in need of a favor attempts to blackmail Van Buren in return for his silence. Van Buren must decide between his political career and the duty of the office he has sworn to uphold. With the clock ticking, Van Buren has a week to seek out his boyhood friends and search his soul while he sorts out three decades of deceit he helped create. Favorite Sons is a wonderful, suspenseful novel with nuanced, memorable characters and unpredictable plot twists. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Arthur. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008643/bk_adbl_008643_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Born into a blue-collar family, John Wells beat the odds and came out a winner. As chief of staff to Patrick Donovan, a US senator and aspiring presidential candidate, he enjoys all the power and privilege of a DC insider. But while riding high on a wave of success, he´s blindsided by a series of betrayals from the people he trusts the most. In the space of a single day, John´s perfect life unexpectedly unravels when his career falters and his marriage implodes. Following a final, devastating blow, John assumes a new identity as ´´Peter´´ and flees to Provincetown, where a tight-knit community of eclectic characters slowly transforms him. Peter finds himself drawn to Danny Cavanaugh, an enigmatic carpenter who is struggling to come to terms with his own troubled past. As they work together to renovate a local landmark, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that blossoms into love and becomes the foundation for a new life they hope to build together. But when a reversal of fortune pulls John back to DC, the treacherous world of politics he thought he´d left behind threatens to destroy his chance at true happiness. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick J. Russo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051912/bk_acx0_051912_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Favorite Sons of Civil War Kentucky: Bryan S. Bush
In this unforgettable novel, Leonard Cohen boldly etches the youth and early manhood of Lawrence Breavman, only son of an old Jewish family in Montreal. Life for Breavman is made up of dazzling colour - a series of motion pictures fed through a high-speed projector: the half-understood death of his father; the adult games of love and war, with their infinite capacity for fantasy and cruelty; his secret experiments with hypnotism; the night-long adventures with Krantz, his beloved comrade and confidant. Later, achieving literary fame as a college student, Breavman does penance through manual labour, but ultimately flees to New York. And although he has loved the bodies of many women, it is only when he meets Shell, whom he awakens to her own beauty, that he discovers the totality of love and its demands, and comes to terms with the sacrifices he must make. ´´From the Paperback edition.