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  • The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

    By Kathryn Fitzmaurice

    Eleanor "Groovy" Robinson loves cooking and plans to visit culinary college simply once she's the right age. yet even Groovy's thoughtfully—planned menus will not repair the issues that begin to get it wrong the 12 months she turns eleven—suddenly, her father is in reformatory, her most sensible friend's long-absent mom reappears, and the swallows that make their annual migration to her place of origin arrive unusually early. As Groovy starts to count on the unforeseen, she learns concerning the significance of forgiveness, knows the advanced tales of the folks round her, and realizes that even an earthquake cannot get within the method of a relatives that should come jointly. Kathryn Fitzmaurice's stunning debut novel is distinctively Californian in its style. Her wealthy characters and robust experience of position believe either typical and clean first and foremost meeting—and worthy revisiting, repeatedly.

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  • The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott

    By David Abbott

    Henry Cage turns out to have all of it: a profitable occupation, funds, a gorgeous domestic, and a name for being a simply and principled guy. yet public virtues can hide deepest failings, and as Henry faces retirement, his well-ordered existence starts to solve. His ex-wife is sick, his courting together with his son is strained to the purpose of estrangement, and at the eve of the hot millennium he's the sufferer of a random violent act which quickly escalates right into a lengthy and mysterious harassment. who's doing this? And why?
    Full of remarkable grace and emotional energy, The Upright Piano Player is a sensible and acutely saw novel concerning the myriad ways that existence exams us—no subject how rigorously we've got developed our personal little fortresses.

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  • The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield

    By Jenny Wingfield

    “Raw, darkish, and strong . . . Southern Gothic at its top. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake places one in brain of Erskine Caldwell and Flannery O’Connor.”—Fannie Flagg
    each first Sunday in June, individuals of the Moses extended family assemble for an annual reunion at a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. and each yr, Samuel Lake, a colourful and devoted younger preacher, brings his cherished spouse, Willadee Moses, and their 3 young ones again for the festivities. in the middle of all of it, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a brilliant gentle. Her excessive spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled 3 generations of the family members. yet simply because the reunion is getting less than approach, tragedy moves, jolting the kinfolk to their middle and surroundings the degree for a summer time of hindrance and profound swap.
    With the clear-eyed knowledge that illuminates the main tragic—and triumphant—aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield has created a permanent paintings of fiction.
    “Jenny Wingfield has given us a remarkable novel [that] will make you chortle out loud one minute, carry your breath the following, and weep in the event you least anticipate it.”—Dorothea Benton Frank, writer of Folly Beach
    “[This novel] touches on many genres—family lifestyles, Christian fiction, coming-of-age, and suspense. . . . Readers will love it.”—Library Journal (starred review)
    “Wingfield hooks the reader together with her beginning sentence. . . . The reader is punctiliously stuck up within the kin saga.”—Abilene Reporter-News
    “A gorgeous debut . . . a bittersweet, inspirational tale.”—The Dallas Morning News
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  • The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever by Teddy Slater

    By Teddy Slater

    Share during this leprechaun family's fascinating St. Patrick's Day get together, whole with a enjoyable parade and an Irish feast!

    The St. Patrick's Day parade is off to a really fantastic start.
    The Leprechaun kin is marching with plenty of heart!
    Share of their dancing, proportion of their fun.
    You'll have the good fortune of the Irish whilst at the present time is done!

    Top o' the morning! it truly is March seventeenth, and the Leprechauns are collected for his or her favourite day of the 12 months. sign up for them as they rejoice St. Patrick's Day with track, dancing, and a parade!

    Teddy Slater's pleasant rhyming tale is followed by way of vigorous illustrations from Ethan Long.

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  • The white earth by Andrew Mcgahan

    By Andrew Mcgahan

    “The saga of the McIvors is not anything below a grim and supremely enjoyable tackle colonialism in Australia and the tortured, stained hearts of all its New international cousins. A-.”—Entertainment Weekly
    “McGahan scrutinizes his characters with no puppetry, and his prose strikes with grace, smoothness and a present for setting.”—San Francisco Chronicle
    “Absorbing, stressful, virtually gothic, by way of turns, as McGahan depicts the inextricability of kinfolk and the primal starvation for locating and naming home.”—Valerie Miner, The Boston Globe
    After his father’s loss of life, younger William is solid upon the charity of an unknown great-uncle, John McIvor. The previous guy was once mentioned looking ahead to to marry the heiress to Kuran Station—a grand property within the Australian Outback—only to be disenchanted by way of his rejection and the promoting off of the land. He has dedicated his existence to placing the property again jointly and has moved into the once-elegant mansion.
    McIvor attempts to imbue William along with his obsession, yet his carry at the land is threatened via legislation entitling the Aborigines to reclaim sacred websites. William’s mom desperately desires her son to develop into John McIvor’s inheritor, yet nobody realizes that William is in poor health and his is worsening.
    The White Earth received Australia’s Miles Franklin Award for 2005 and was once chosen as publication of the 12 months (2004) by way of The Age and the The Courier-Mail.

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  • Purity by Douglas Clegg

    By Douglas Clegg

    Constrained time in simple terms expense for this full-length novella!From award-winning writer Douglas Clegg comes a depressing mental mystery of insanity, love and turning 18 -- and homicide. within the novella PURITY, the darkest strength is love.Owen Crites has watched Jenna Montgomery flower right into a attractive younger lady as they have essentially grown up jointly in the course of the summers; Owen is the gardener's son who will in the future develop into groundskeeper of the Montgomery summer season property on Outerbridge Island.Now, after they either achieve formative years, Owen starts to appreciate that Jenna is intended for a special lifestyles in maturity than he's destined for -- and he understands that he needs to by some means continue her at the island till she not desires to leave.Enter Jimmy McTeague, the younger tennis big name from new york, inheritor to a wearing items fortune, who has additionally come to spend the summer season with the Montgomery's -- and shortly, a triangle of affection, hate, and the darkest of human impulses emerges. "Clegg turns the screws dexterously during this smooth, multifaceted suspense story...Clegg brings them jointly in a holiday paradise saturated in alcohol, entitlement and hypocrisy..." -- Publisher's WeeklyType & topic: fiction, mental suspense, mystery, darkish mystery, secret, horror, suspense, novella, identification, sociopath, homicide, youngster, bisexual, secret & mystery, gay/lesbian, darkish romance, summer season.

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  • The Underside of Joy by Seré Prince Halverson

    By Seré Prince Halverson

    "[An] beautiful debut . . . relocating and hopeful." –People variety Watch

    To Ella Beene, happiness capability dwelling within the Northern California river city of Elbow, California, together with her husband Joe and his young ones. yet one summer season day Joe drowns, leaving Ella on my own with Annie and Zach—until his ex-wife, Paige, exhibits up on the funeral. for 3 years, Ella believed that Paige had selfishly deserted her kin. Yet—as the custody struggle among mom and stepmother ensues—Ella realizes there is extra to the tale than Joe ever published.

    The Underside of Joy isn't really a fairy-tale model of step-motherhood, pitting sturdy opposed to evil, yet a charming tale of 2 girls who either declare to be the mummy of an analogous young children.

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