Literary

Obsessed With the Past to Save the Future

October 27, 2014
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When Stanislaw Gombrowicz falls into a coma he finds himself in the strange land of Pileck with a new name and no memory. As we learn in James Eddy‘s novel “The Dark Era” in this new world, a war is raging between the people of Pileck and their monstrous enemies the Sinistrians and the Curzonians. Danger seems to be everywhere but as Stanislaw’s strength grows so does the threat when it becomes clear that it…

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Nothing Spoils a Memory Like the Truth

September 4, 2014
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Thirteen-year-old Ezekiel is an anxious adolescent, for whom scientific testing reveals the distressing prediction of a long but loveless life. Too bad for Ezekiel, since even the smell of a female sends a shock straight to his underpants. So, in Jenny Drummey’s novel “Unrequited” he decides he must convince his shrewish mother to let him travel, to visit the one person who can prove that terrible prophecy wrong: his stepmother. Ezekiel’s distant father Joe and…

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There’s Something (Odd) About Gilbert

December 24, 2013
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Sheldon Mason has decided he doesn’t want to be a recluse any longer: he’d rather just be dead. But when his upstairs neighbor – a drug dealer named Sam – interrupts his suicide attempt, gets him a job, and believes in him, Sheldon realizes maybe his inner demons are beatable. Of course, then he meets new demons… In Scott Bartlett‘s novel “Taking Stock” Sheldon struggles to make sense of his life, and starts to notice…

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Love, Hatred and Jealousy. But Also Regret.

July 2, 2013
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With her husband half a world away, in the trenches of Flanders, in 1918, Sarah Underhill struggles alone to maintain their home for his return. But these orchards and lands have been part of a misjudged attempt to establish an English Eden in the arid interior of British Columbia in southern Canada. The help she finds is young Irishman Jack Butler, whom she discovers to be a liar, a thief, and possibly worse. Their love…

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Coming to Grips With The Reality of Change

May 30, 2013
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Louise Palmer is a settled-down woman, who wants nothing more than to remain in the same house until the day she dies. So when her husband, Clay, announces his intention to quit his job and move to Florida, Louise’s life is thrown into a turmoil of mixed emotions and strained loyalties, in Bette Lee Crosby‘s novel “What Matters Most.” Torn between Clay’s desire for “the good life” and the lifelong friendships of her quilting club,…

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Should This Woman Kill Her Mother-in-Law?

April 22, 2013
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When pneumonia lands Estelle Trager unconscious in the emergency room, her son Adam, and Liza, the thirty-three-year-old daughter-in-law she once called a godless hippie raised by wolves, learn of some significant tumors. It was a secret Estelle had intended to take to her grave.

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