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Etta and Otto and Russell and James is a touching journey across time and the heart. Etta wants to see the ocean before her memory fails; her abrupt departure on this quest awakens the memories of those she loves back to the beginning of all of
their stories. As they grapple with who they have become, Emma Hooper’s enchanting novel reminds us of the ocean of love and longing that can exist.
Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye is more than an examination of post-tsunami Japan, more than a memoir of family and grief, more than a beautifully written travelogue, it is the poetry that results from a talented writer weaving together all of these remarkable stories. Marie Mutsuki Mockett has crafted an extraordinary book where the story is fascinating in all its unique details, and yet the emotional landscape will resonate deeply for every reader that has grappled with love and loss.
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is a beautiful story of friendship, family, and community. Christopher Scotton’s expressivewriting brings Appalachia to life with striking mountain landscapes and unforgettable characters. This remarkable story is set in America’s past, however the emotions and struggles resonant deeply today.
For the reader that loves to travel, Laurie R. King’s latest mystery is the perfect choice. Once again she brings Sherlock Holmes and his young wife, Mary Russell, to life in a trip that begins on a luxury ocean liner traveling from Viceroy’s India to Imperial Japan. An intriguing Japanese woman catches their attention and draws them into a mystery involving Japanese royalty, ninjas, and blackmail. King is at her best describing Japan in the 1920s, while carefully revealing each twist in the plot as Holmes and Russell
employ their numerous talents to solve this complex mystery.
Wes Carver, former musician and retired prison guard, abandoned his hometown years ago. A horrific riot at the prison and the scars it left built a wall between Wes and the place he previously loved. A promise to his recently deceased wife, whose ashes accompany him, is the only reason he returns home. S.M. Hulse has written a wonderful novel which weaves together classic Western themes of family, obligation, love, anger, forgiveness, and music. Wes is confronted by all he has lost in this powerful story, and yet, in the end, this is a story of how he finds himself again
Unstable, drunk, and depressed, Rachel fantasizes the perfect life for a couple she spies through the window of her train on her dailycommute. When one of them goes missing she is shaken by the belief that something terrible has happened. As Rachel begins to
investigate a darkness is uncovered that she may have invited into her own life. A haunting story, which unfolds through the voices of three unreliable narrators, The Girl on the Train twists and turns, building tension, until the chilling end.
Obsessed with the time in his young life when his innocence was stripped away, the narrator of this stunning novel constructs a wonderful portrait of Baton Rouge in the late 1980s. Everything changes for the narrator and his friends the summer a rope is stretched tight across a quiet street, sending Lindy Simpson, and her life crashing, to the ground. Suspicions spread quickly and the
consequences are felt for years to come. The mystery deepens as the narrator reveals that he was one of the suspects. While this one story haunts him, there are many stories here and each is riveting. Beautifully crafted and always surprising, My Sunshine Away is nearly impossible to stop reading once you start.