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LITERARY FICTION | FICTION
Almighty: A Short Tale of Omnipotent Proportionsby Justine Avery
When a staunch atheist is introduced to the Lord Almighty in the most casual—and childish—way, it's not the end of the world. It's a Tuesday.
A Cross of Crocusesby Ken Ross
When parents age they need help from their children, but in the case of Basil and Nora help isn't assured. Children who they think are reliable let them down, and others surprise them. This is a story which all those who age, or have aging parents ill relate to. A fascinating read tinged with sadness, and plenty of emotion.
Didn't Get Frazzledby David Z. Hirsch
A provocative and humorous novel about four years in the life of an intrepid young medical student, set in the grueling world of an elite NYC medical school. ''The novel’s affection for this uniquely strange experience makes it the best fictional portrayal of med school since ER. Readers will savor the experience.'' – BlueInk Review (starred review). International Book Award Bronze Medal Winner Readers' Favorite.
Good Morning, Mr. Dalton: A Novellaby Ana Shapkaliska
This is a contemporary story about Dafina, an attractive woman in her forties, who works in the family car service business in Cary, North Carolina. At night she works on her stories, dreams to get her breakthrough as a writer, and relocate to New York. The relationship with her husband is not what she had hoped for when she moved from Europe. Clash of the cultures, money struggles and never ending harassment from his ex-family takes a toll on their relationship. She feels suffocated and isolated in Cary, and needs a drastic change in order to survive. When it looks like there is no way out, she meets Mr. Dalton, a unique man. He is smart, sexy, successful and married with three kids. That doesn’t stop them to fall hard for each other. He is the wind under her wings, and with him by her side she can move mountains and make all her dreams come true.
Finn Againby Lynda Meyers
Finn McCarthy is half Irish, half English, and fully fantastic. Raised in the pubs and educated at Oxford, he never did know which half to favor. His Irish half loves women and booze, while his English half is wicked smart and damned polite. And then there's Regan, the one girl who never did succumb to his charms. When a world at war beckons, Finn answers the call, but there are some casualties even a soldier can't prepare for. To heal his wounds he must banish his demons, a journey that leads him to a sleepy fishing village where the mysteries of his Celtic roots take hold. He begins to accept his past, only to discover that his greatest battle might take everything he's got left.
Across the Mekong Riverby Elaine Russell
In a California courtroom, seventeen-year-old Nou Lee reels with what she is about to do. What she must do to survive. She reflects on the splintered path that led to this moment, beginning twelve years ago in 1978, when her Hmong family escaped from Laos after the Communist takeover. The story follows the Lees from a squalid refugee camp in Thailand to a new life in Minnesota and eventually California. Family members struggle to survive in a strange foreign land, haunted by the scars of war and loss of family. Across the Mekong River paints a vivid picture of the Hmong immigrant experience, exploring family love, sacrifice, and the resiliency of the human spirit to overcome tragic circumstances.
I'm Rising: Determined. Confident. Powerful.by Michelle Stradford
''I’m Rising'' is an empowering self-love poetry book that re-ignites our drive to become the best version of ourselves. It encourages us to conquer our fears to build inner strength and resilience. The prose urges us to own and celebrate our power, with a call to action to harness our self-confidence to achieve the goals we were destined to shatter.
Withering Leavesby Sam Cohen
The life of Kobi, a cynical, pessimistic sixty-year-old retiree, turns upside down overnight due to a leg injury. He finds himself wheelchair-bound and helpless with little to do except reminisce about his life. A new neighbor, Leah, falls in love with him, and they spend hours discussing the meaning of life and love. He tells her about the heart-breaking end of his relationship with Rachel, an English actress whom he had loved deeply when he had lived in London 20 years before. That intense love affair of several years ended abruptly when Rachel broke it up with a letter and then disappeared without a trace. Kobi’s heart was broken, leaving him in pain to this day. Yet he never lost hope of meeting Rachel again. When his leg healed, he received word from a friend who had seen her recently. Will Kobi succeed in connecting with Rachel again and finally begin to grasp the meaning of love?
Morbid Luminosityby M.B.B. Whyte
The poems in this collection were born under the bright light of darkness.
Things Behind the Sunby Alan Orchard
I borrowed the title for this anthology from a Nick Drake song, as the wording seemed appropriate. Not all the stories in this collection are dark, but most of them are certainly lurking in the shadows, down in the far corner of the graveyard…where the nettles grow. Welcome, my friends, to a carnival of characters who strut across the darkened stage of uncertainty. • A joy rider who gets more than he bargained for • An entomologist who finds that there are more to bugs than meets the eye • Avaricious Nazi memorabilia collectors who stumble upon a dark secret • A war veteran who just wants to be left alone • Scheming murderers and cheating lovers • A tribe of post-apocalyptic cannibals Sometimes things are not what they seem, and the bedrock of rational sanity upon which we stand can quickly turn to quicksand beneath our feet. So…you have been warned. Are you ready?
Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Lawby Michelle Granas
Cordelia is disabled and painfully shy but none of that matters when a stranger needs her help. Shaken out of a routine that centers on caring for her odd family in Warsaw — her father is an academic with no life skills, her brother never leaves the villa, and her mother has dementia — she is forced to act. Zaremba, a wealthy businessman, is fleeing arrest when he stops to save her father’s life. He claims to be innocent and wants a favor as he seeks to turn the tables on the authorities. Cordelia is grateful but wary. Is he truly being persecuted or is he deceiving her? Her reluctant agreement to aid him plunges her into new realms of emotion. It is when he disappears, however, that she must gather all her courage and pursue the truth. Touching on human rights issues and real events in Europe, this is a heartwarming love story and an Amazon bestseller. Free for Kindle Unlimited members.
The Smallest Thingby Lisa Manterfield
2019 Best American Fiction - Finalist, Young Adult When a deadly virus traps 17-year-old Emmott in her tiny English village she must make a life-or-death decision. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit? Based on real events. “A compelling plot that keeps readers turning pages.” ~ Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize
Nemesisby Cat Bruno
Ancient gods inspire a modern crime in this intoxicating blend of myth and madness. Dandelion Jackman, a soon to be married newspaper photographer, has it all: a successful career, an ambitious and handsome fiancé, and blessings from the gods. However, a not so extraordinary day changes everything, and Dandelion discovers nothing is at it seems. Now, she will stop at nothing to even the scales of justice. Nemesis - balancer of life, daughter of Justice, and goddess of divine vengeance - arrives when Dandelion needs her most. What follows is a smart, suspenseful tale of one woman's quest for revenge. Start reading this smart and inventive thriller today.
The Way We Were Beforeby Moshe Marcus
In a small immigrant town in the 1950’s, Rico, an only child, grows up in a dysfunctional family; a mother who is always busy playing cards and a father who spends weeks at sea only to come home once or twice a month, angry and impatient. Rico feels like an orphan with parents. One day, during one of his father’s stints at home, he takes Rico to an unknown place. Rico has no clue where they are going and why, and is astonished when he is faced with another abandoned child who turns out to be his older brother. Rico finds out that his brother, Nathan, is the product of an affair his father had a few years before Rico was born and that they have a lot in common. Rico is exhilarated! Finally, he is not alone! The two brothers hit it off right away. They are a team, they are family! Their happiness is short-lived, when an unexpected event changes Rico’s life yet again.
Curious Menby Rosalind Minett
Now the men have their say -- or try to. In this companion volume to Me-Time Tales, some women butt into the men's tales. Unusual short stories delving into the minds of a variety of curious men: hooked on meteorites, tractor parts, foreign parts, own parts — stories that may be sober, bizarre or cunningly funny. ''Highly recommended.'' -- San Francisco Review of Books.
Beneath the Mulberry Treeby Jennifer B. Duffey
Jimmy Watson dreamt of retiring to a small farm in the country. After a lifetime of building a successful business, his dream becomes a reality. He has traded in the stress of deadlines for the calm grazing cows in a summer field. But when Jimmy suddenly becomes plagued with a series of nightmares, he must decide between his peaceful life and a path he cannot yet understand. It is a choice that will eventually lead to the most important question of his life: which is greater, life or love? Will Jimmy choose tranquility or unimaginable pain? The answer lies beneath the mulberry tree.
Advancing On Chaosby Michael Tusa
The Online Book Club Reviewer wrote: ''This is one of the most enlightening books I've come across in a long time....'' Set in New Orleans with wonderful characters it is thoughtful and humorous. It has been described as a cross between Confederacy of Dunces and O'Connor's Wise Blood.
Intrusionby Rosalind Minett
1937, London and Hitler's war threatens. Sturdy, well-meaning Billy suffers his own war when he meets his frail and devious cousin, Kenneth. Smaller but older, Kenneth envies Billy's superior strength and home comforts. The parents see only the porcelain looks and sweet manners as indulged Kenneth manipulates and bests Billy at every turn. Billy's secret symbol of power, a Cossack sabre, may change the family's fortunes, just as war determines where the boys develop their different personalities, and, ultimately, how far their rivalry will stretch.
Smiles Under Pillowsby Vivian Zems
Smiles Under Pillows explores the vulnerability of smiles through poetry. Every poem in this collection began with a reaction that reflected its true essence. Whether happy, sad, bitter or angry or sweet, a smile is a language all by its own. Not only are they the best gift we can give one-another, smiles also enchant, disarm or are worn as masks. This anthology will seek to elicit one or more of these smiles from you, the reader.
Daisy in the Doghouseby Joe Barrett
Daisy In The Doghouse is a dark, funny, family story about exposing corporate greed and a grass-roots movement to make the world a better place. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Jack Sullivan, former CEO and current stay-at-home dad, struggles to find an outlet for his frustrations with the unfair financial systems of corporate America.
Lights on the Seaby Miquel Reina
''Miquel Reina’s Lights on the Sea is an absolutely lovely, beautiful debut novel with a dreamy, fable-like quality that will appeal to readers. Fans of Life of Pi will love this novel.'' —Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone. Wildly imaginative, deeply poignant, and entirely unexpected, Lights on the Sea sweeps readers away on a journey of fate, acceptance, redemption, and survival against the most rewarding of odds.
Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Storiesby Audrey Kalman
In the title story of this fiction collection, shortlisted for the 2019 International Rubery Book Award, Jody catalogues her parental failures as she worries whether her ballet-crazed teenage daughter will make it onto the stage. C.J. adopts his dead grandmother’s dog, risking eviction but opening himself to the possibility of love. Brianna uses a spoonful of pudding as a weapon. Judy begins a secret life as an erotica writer. Jake’s Bar Mitzvah preparations reveal tensions that threaten to split his family. The women, men, children, dogs, and cats in these stories struggle to make sense of the world and their place in it, with results sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, and always relatable.
Atlas of Menby David Sklar
Files from a secret research project show up on Dr. Robert Thames's doorstep, forcing him to think about something he's been avoiding - the degrading ''study'' at Danvers Academy, especially the naked photos of each student, including himself, taken at his prep school. He tracks down four close friends from school, and together they uncover the terrible truth of what was buried by the faculty, the school, and the boys themselves.
Red Mountainby Boo Walker
With its astounding beauty, cult vineyards, and Bohemian culture, Red Mountain attracts characters so colorful each of them is worthy of their own memoir. Some have come to hide; some have come to start a new life; some are looking for love. These beautifully diverse inhabitants will proudly tell you that Red Mountain, like a tiny island, is a place where everyone knows each other and goes out of their way for each other. But sometimes, these same bigger-than-life characters collide, causing problems that can tear lives apart.
Odd Bodies: 15 Screwball Short Storiesby Suad Campbell
What have breasts got to do with justice? Or chins with personalities? Or legs with pent up rage? What has hair got to do with travel? ''Odd Bodies:15 Screwball Short Stories'' answers these questions and raises more. Meet quirky, slightly off-beat characters and follow their efforts to cope with their body part ''issues.''