Fly Out of the Darkness is a real world fantasy novel about the conflict between self-sustaining Marshland communities and a cabal of merchants and ministers determined to drain their lands. In this second volume of The Marshlanders Trilogy, the young heroes of The Marshlanders iUniverse are relentlessly pursued by their enemies. Clare, now 17, finds herself pregnant and must give birth in the northern woodlands. William, at 21, barely escapes the dread Crocodile Militia and is imprisoned and tortured by his enemies.
In despair over losing Clare, he decides the enter a monastery. Annis Pratt taught at the University of Wisconsin until, after publishing three nonfiction books, she threw her professorship out the window to write fiction. Her sailing and kayaking adventures provide her exuberantly detailed natural settings. Now, she's enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor's wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says.
As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, we too become lost in Sheffield's thriller. As the Hastings' ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life.
Mary at The Country Bookshop says Tony and Susan is a "truly creepy novel that will have you checking over your shoulder. These stories are often brief, but hard-hitting. Crystalline prose and a deep sense of empathy make this collection special. It is so smart and hold no punches. As one character says, "In fiction, it's never benign. In the Babbitt house bustling like a rabbit hutch, you'll find a cast of characters you simply will not forget: a sleep-eating sister and sleep-swimming mother, a father exploring femininity, a parental parrot, and a daughter named after Elvis Presley.
By attempting to understand herself, Elvis frames her life in beautiful juxtapositions, her then-life with mom and now-life without running deep and parallel.
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Honest with youth and grief, Elvis looks hard at what makes us human, perfectly mixing whimsy and absurdity. She exists at the intersection of science and wonder, willing to live in the face of death. Rabbit Cake is cause for celebration. From the publisher: Pig is a greedy and selfish pug. He has all the bouncy balls, bones, and chew toys a dog could ever want yet he refuses to share with his poor friend, Trevor. Little does he know, however, that being greedy has its consquences.
Join Pig as he learns to share--the hard way! Young readers will love the irresistibly quirky and funny illustrations that are paired with a relatable lesson of learning to share with others.
From the publisher: Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and lucid, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing over an oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings.
And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss. From the publisher: The characters within these fifteen stories are in one way or another staring into the abyss. While some are awaiting redemption, others are fully complicit in their own undoing. We come upon them in the mountains of West Virginia, in the backyards of rural North Carolina, and at tourist traps along Route 66, where they smolder with hidden desires and struggle to resist the temptations that plague them.
An elderly couple witnesses the end-times and is forced to hunt monsters if they hope to survive. A master of Appalachian dialect and colloquial speech, Monks writes prose that is dark, taut, and muscular, but also beguiling and playful.
Monsters in Appalachia is a powerful work of fiction. Damita at The Country Bookshop says, "I loved this collection. If you like Hillbilly Elegy , you will enjoy this.
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George Saunders is too good for this world. His first novel spans just one night, and is one of the best explorations of love and death I have ever read. In a graveyard, the night Willie Lincoln is interred, we enter the bardo: a world between life and afterlife. As Lincoln mourns the death of his son, a chorus of voices share their own lives, deaths, griefs, and hopes. Like Lincoln, the novel is tender and humane, and delivers a message we all need to hear over and over again: to be as good as we can to each other. From the publisher: The author of the wildly popular The Kind Worth Killing returns with an electrifying psychological thriller--as tantalizing as the cinema classics Rear Window and Wait Until Dark--involving a young woman caught in a vise of voyeurism, betrayal, manipulation, and murder.
Told from multiple points of view, Her Every Fea r is a scintillating, edgy novel rich with Peter Swanson's chilling insight into the darkest corners of the human psyche and virtuosic skill for plotting that has propelled him to the highest ranks of suspense, in the tradition of such greats as Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Patricia Highsmith, and James M. Quail Ridge Books recommends Mohsin Hamid's latest book, Exit West , a beautiful yet unsettling love story of refugees, set in unnamed countries in an unnamed time.
Saieed and Nadia are refugees from one such country, navigating not only the landscape but their developing love affair. Reality and the fantastical blend together as they migrate from one place to another. Hamid once again sheds light on the plight of the refugees who inhabit our world.
The book is full of discussable material for book clubs. It could not be more relevant for our times. It is a book that everyone should read. From the publisher: Welcome, welcome to Caraval, Stephanie Garber's sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game. Mary from The Country Bookshop says, "A magnificent mix of mystery, romance, and magic. It had my emotions all over the place. Behind Her Eyes took me totally by surprise.
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From the beginning I knew it was the story of a very disturbed person, but which one was the sick one? I knew something happened in the past that was driving two of the main characters, and I thought I was discovering the truth about the past - but, boy, was I wrong.
A very dark and eerie psychological thriller of love and obsession that you will not be able to put down until you discover the truth. The trilogy also features appearances from characters in the previously stand-alone and unrelated thriller Dead Sleep from Penn lives and breathes Natchez like its sins and successes are wholly his burden to bear. Read more about Mississippi Blood at Lemuria Book's blog. From the publisher: When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she's fresh out of high school, pregnant with her art teacher's baby, and totally on her own.
Izzy knows she can be a good mother but without any money or relatives to help, she's left searching. Grind, an awkwardly charming child psychologist, has spent his life studying family, even after tragedy struck his own. Now, with the help of an eccentric billionaire, he has the chance to create a "perfect little world" called The Infinite Family Project--to study what would happen when ten children are raised collectively, without knowing who their biological parents are.
Damita at The Country Bookshop says, "In the Infinite Family Project, ten babies are raised collectively with shared parents --doomed from the start! This is a compelling book with so much food for thought. An assured second effort from Guinn, a former Ole Miss professor.
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