"Funny, engaging, and painfully true."
— Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author of The Shadow Tracer
"... at times heartbreaking... Rapeseed works to answer the age-old questions of what it means to be a family."
—Myfanwy Collins, author of Echolocation
It's 1976. The USA turns 200 while scrappy agnostic adolescent protagonist, Sandy Drue turns ten, finds an electric typewriter in her father's office and begins churning out pages on the conflicting demands of burgeoning adolescence and her own search for the Meaning of Life. The Drue family moves from New York to Small Town, USA where Sandy and her brother try to fit in. Sandy's parents encourage her curiosity, her imagination, and her challenge of social conventions, but not without cost. In the beguiling second novel from Nancy Freund, MAILBOX is a mother-daughter love story opening a doorway to the universal world of adolescence and self-discovery.
"In vignettes that bring to mind Sandra Cisneros' masterpiece The House on Mango Street, Nancy Freund's Mailbox tells an engaging, senstive, and at times very funny coming-of-age story. Her protagonist, Sandy Drue, is a hyper-articulate, charming narrator... for both the young and old, parents and children, anyone with a heart that feels and a head full of questions..." — Brian Gresko, editor of When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood.
Can you trust your own brain? Challenging what we know about our senses, Rapeseed features a synesthetic woman from Kansas with cross-wired colors in her letters, numbers, and her turbulent memories. She’s been quietly keeping secrets from --and with -- her husband until his job moves the family to England and rocks their carefully constructed history. Desperate to untangle the mixed textures of her past while her teenage son confronts a dangerous future, she navigates busy London and winding country roads in search of the one thing promising resolution. A luminous novel from a bright new voice in contemporary fiction.
"A tender and evocative novel about the slippery nature of home and inheritance... Nancy Freund writes with authority and charm."
— Nick Dybek, author of When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man
"A novel of resilience and heart, of teenaged indiscretions and marital discontentment, humor... and boundless compassion."
— Amber Dermont, New York Times bestselling author of The Starboard Sea
"A smart, sharply observed debut."
— Steve Himmer, author of The Bee-Loud Glade
“Switzerland’s population is only about 75% Swiss, so it’s quite fitting that this celebration of international cuisine
was born here. Living in a foreign country doesn’t mean
giving up your roots; it just means learning to graft new
traditions and ideas on to your existing ones. Global
Home Cooking is a mouth-watering taster of 41 nations’ favourite dishes.”
– Diccon Bewes, bestselling author of Slow Train to Switzerland and Swiss Watching (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2013 and 2010)