Free literary fiction Kindle books for 20 Jun 17

Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Phoenix Classics)

by Thomas Hardy

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The ne’er-do-well sire of a starving brood suddenly discovers a family connection to the aristocracy, and his selfish scheme to capitalize on their wealth sets a fateful plot in motion. Jack Durbeyfield dispatches his gentle daughter Tess to the home of their noble kin, anticipating a lucrative match between the lovely girl and a titled cousin. Innocent Tess finds the path of the d’Urberville estate paved with ruin in this gripping tale of the inevitability of fate and the tragic nature of existence.
Subtitled A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented, Thomas Hardy’s sympathetic portrait of a blameless young woman’s destruction first appeared in 1891. Its powerful indictment of Victorian hypocrisy, along with its unconventional focus on the rural lower class and its direct treatment of sexuality and religion, raised a ferocious public outcry. Tess of the D’Ubervilles is Hardy’s penultimate novel; the pressures of critical infamy shortly afterward drove the author to abandon the genre in favor of poetry. Like his fictional heroine, the artist fell victim to a rigidly oppressive moral code. 
Today, Tess is regarded as Hardy’s masterpiece, embodying all of the most profoundly moving elements of its creator’s dark vision. No perspective on 19th-century fiction is complete without a consideration of this compelling tale, now available in an inexpensive and high-quality edition.

Crime and Punishment (With Preface) (Phoenix Classics)

by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky

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One of the most influential novels of the nineteenth century, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishmenttells the tragic story of Raskolnikovâ??a talented former student whose warped philosophical outlook drives him to commit murder. Surprised by his sense of guilt and terrified of the consequences of his actions, Raskolnikov wanders through the slums of pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg trying to escape the ever-suspicious Porfiry, the official investigating the crime.

The Awakening & Other Short Stories (Phoenix Classics)

by Kate Chopin

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The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine’s desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle- and upper-class life are the themes of this now-classic novel. As Kaye Gibbons points out in her Introduction, Chopin “was writing American realism before most Americans could bear to hear that they were living it.”

Vanity Fair (Phoenix Classics)

by William Makepeace Thackeray

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Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero is a novel by English author William Makepeace Thackeray, first published in 1847-48, satirising society in early 19th-century Britain. It follows the lives of two women, Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley, amid their friends and family. The novel is now considered a classic, and has inspired several film adaptations. In 2003, Vanity Fair was listed at #122 on the BBC’s The Big Read poll of the UK’s best-loved books.

Bits of String Too Small to Save (Persnickety Girl Saves the World Book 1)

by Ruby Peru

Ruby Peru’s freewheeling imagination enlivens her fantasy novel, Bits of String, tremendously. With a nod to Lewis Carroll, whose rabbit hole becomes her badger hole, Peru builds her narrative on an impressive array of colorful images, improbable characters and a generous helping of charm.

–John Berendt (best selling author: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The City of Falling Angels)

In her amazing debut novel, Bits of String, writer Ruby Peru boggles and seduces with her marvelous imagery, humor, and storytelling until you find yourself in the middle of an irresistible world populated with exotic and oddly familiar creatures human and otherwiseâ??and before you know it you are entwined and delighted to be so. A “must read!” for YA and adult readers alike.

–Sarah Lovett (best-selling author: Dangerous Attachments; co-author Blowback, with Valerie Plame)

ElizabethAnn Von Earp never intends to leave the safety of suburban No Oaks, but when her eccentric grandmother peels around the corner in a jacked-up, pimped-out, original-orange International Scout and shouts that it’s time to break the space/time continuum, they dive through a badger hole into Bumblegreen. There, ElizabethAnn joins forces with a cast of characters to save a forested dystopia from greedy watchmakers, toxic babies, and a particularly obnoxious Lothario.
In this new world of seduction and betrayal, illusion and intuition, black arts and purple-speckled fruits, you, dear reader, must ask yourself, will magic avenge our heroine? Will technology save her? Or are ElizabethAnn and her gang of malcontents already too late to repair the beautiful, mysterious, and troubled land of Bumblegreen?

Istruzioni per non morire: Capitolo Nove: Briggs (Italian Edition)

by Remo Bassetti

Una breve fuga e una trappola. Entrano in scena i professionisti. E’ il nono capitolo dell’e-feuilleton di Remo Bassetti

Istruzioni per non morire: Capitolo Quattro: Amande (Italian Edition)

by Remo Bassetti

Un’amante colta, un utilizzo estremo del coaching, una sostituzione. Il quarto capitolo dell’e-feuilleton di Remo Bassetti

Istruzioni per non morire: I primi cinque capitoli (Italian Edition)

by Remo Bassetti

I primi cinque capitoli dell’e-feuilleton di Remo Bassetti. Destino, amore, aldilà, tecnologie perverse, illusioni e tradimenti.

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