Philadelphia, 1906. A federal agent is dead, and the murder suspect is Alma Mitchell's childhood friend, Harry Muskrat. Harry -- then called Asku -- was the most promising student at Stover School in Wisconsin, the 'savage-taming' boarding school run by her father, where Alma was the only white pupil. Intended to assimilate the children of neighboring reservations, the school robbed them of language, customs, even their names. Asku has become cold and embittered at being an outcast in the white world and a ghost in his own. Alma's lawyer husband, Stewart, reluctantly agrees to help defend Asku, forcing Alma to revisit the painful secrets she has kept hidden from everyone -- especially Stewart.
The Night Watchman is ready to kill -- again. After thirty-five years in prison, he is free to commit the same twisted atrocities that once made him as notorious as the Zodiac Killer and Jack the Ripper. Through her television appearances, renowned clairvoyant Lucinda Sloan helps police capture America's most wanted. Unfortunately, she's also captured the eye of the Night Watchman. Once he learns that Sloan sees his crimes, it's time to play.
It's summer on the Jersey Shore. Here, in this perfect place, a serial killer has no worries in the world, except choosing the next victim. Cam Hastings has come to Long Beach Island with her teenage daughter and the hope that maybe she can save her failed marriage. Cam has never been able to outrun her flaws and demons--a vanished mother, a lost sister, and the ugly visions she has of missing children. Now she is about to step over the edge. For once, she will act on one of her visions, and then face the consequences.
Annie Bell can't escape the dust. It's in her hair, covering the windowsills, coating the animals in the barn, and in the corners of her children's dry, cracked lips. It's 1934, and the Bell farm in Mulehead, Oklahoma, is struggling as the earliest storms of the Dust Bowl descend. The wheat harvests are drying out, and people are packing up their belongings as storms lay waste to the Great Plains. As the Bells wait for the rains to come, Annie and each member of her family are pulled in different directions. Annie's fragile young son Fred suffers from dust pneumonia; her headstrong daughter Birdie, flush with first love, is choosing a dangerous path out of Mulehead; and Samuel, Annie's husband, is plagued by disturbing dreams of rain. As Annie, desperate for an escape of her own, flirts with the affections of an unlikely admirer, she must choose who she is going to become.
From one of today's hottest novelists and author of the best selling The Middlesteins, a provocative story about friendship and self-discoveryCatherine Madison left her small town in Nebraska after her husband deserted her. She's also left behind her most shameful secrets, of a family and a marriage that have plagued her with self-doubt. On the road, she's trying to become a new person. But running away from the past isn't as easy as she'd hoped. Her journey leads her to Las Vegas, where she forms surprising new friendships that compel her to reveal what she'd sworn she'd keep hidden, and teach her what human connection really means.