The Sweet Hereafter, Russell Banks

Four different narrators are recalling their memories on the day of the school bus accident which occurred in a small town of Sam Dent. Dolores Driscoll is the most experienced school bus driver in that town. She is the first narrator who gives her account of the story, beginning with…

Pizza Girl, Jean Kyoung Frazier

This story begins with the name of the narrator's customer Jenny Hauser who orders pepperoni and pickles pizza every Wednesday. The narrator is just eighteen years old and eleven weeks pregnant at that time working as a pizza delivery girl at Eddie's. The story is gradually revealing bits and pieces…

Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger

Frank recalls the memories of the summer in 1961 when he was a thirteen-year-old boy in a small town of New Bremen, Minnesota. The story is narrated by Frank forty years after, looking back at that particular summer which visited by frequent deaths in various forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.…

The Black-Marketer's Daughter, Suman Mallick

A Pakistani Muslim Zuleikha is married to Iskander via arranged marriage and struggles to adjust to her new life in Texas. She soon realises the life in America is not what she learned from confiscated contraband movies and books in Pakistan. Besides trying to adapt in such an estrange environment,…

Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult

"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." BENJAMIN FRANKLIN It Begins With...It begins with the story of Ruth's mother, who is working as a maid for a white family. Ruth's mother helps the mistress with the baby's…

Firestarter, Stephen King

"You're a firestarter, honey. Just one great big Zippo lighter." The story begins with a man and his 7-year-old daughter running from persons yet unknown. Through flashbacks, we get to know who they are running from and why the unknown persons keep chasing after them. Andy McGee recalled…

Heaven, My Home (Highway 59 #2), Attica Locke

"…when there was no sense of right and wrong when it came to dealing with white folks. There was only survival." The story begins with briefly revealing Levi's family background, including his relationship with his mother's current partner and his father, who has been not around for quite…