Counterfeit Wives

By Phillip Thomas Duck

He's good-looking, clever, romantic and each woman's ideal husband. Too undesirable he is additionally 3 women's ideal husband. below assumed names, Todd (aka Terry and Michael James) Darling has used his appeal to seduce and betray girls like Nikki, Jacqueline and sunrise, who all realized too overdue that their dream marriage used to be an phantasm.

Nikki, pregnant and broke, has taken shelter with a lesbian pal and the woman's accomplice, who're confident that Nikki's unborn baby is the reply to their prayers. Jacqueline turns to a couple of her eccentric Southern kinfolk for support, yet their immoral way of life is a perilous temptation. sunrise has fought to maintain her independence, yet now she's pressured to maneuver in along with her judgmental older sister and brother-in-law, bringing their fragile marriage to the breaking point.

Struggling to rebuild their lives, Nikki, Jacqueline and sunrise are every one invited by way of a mysterious lady to benefit extra in regards to the husband they proposal they knew. yet on a trip packed with surprises, the best revelations may be the truths they find out about themselves.…

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By Sam Pink

We now input: overall Isolation             

Rontel is the tale of 1 man's odyssey via Chicago. stick to him as he makes an attempt to visit his final day of labor. persist with him throughout the subway as he considers stealing chips from a dancing child. locate him being threatened via a homeless guy maintaining board video games. Take his hand as he considers construction a hydraulic cocoon for his cat out of a complimentary duffel bag. stroll the streets of Uptown as a cop-killer takes hostages to the roof of an condo construction. Meet his buddies. simply kidding! persist with him to his neighbor's residence the place he will get paid in pumpkin pie to observe a toddler. stick to him via in the course of the uninteresting pains of by no means really changing into an grownup. relax, snicker, smile, carry your breath, simply because now not even he is aware the way it ends.

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Gods and Angels

A seventeen-year-old boy visits his estranged mom on Boxing Day in a gray seashore city; a school lecturer falls in with a gaggle of older males who inhabit a truly assorted international whereas attempting to how to swim; a detective breaks into his former domestic to secret agent on his estranged relations; a pair examine twenty-five years of marriage less than the Northern lighting fixtures; and an previous guy volunteering in a charity store varieties a young bond with a tender unmarried mom.

Bringing jointly deeply affecting tales exploring masculinity, loneliness, isolation, and longing, this can be a masterful assortment from certainly one of Ireland's best writers.

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The Land of Decoration: A Novel

By Grace McCleen

A captivating debut a couple of younger lady whose steadfast trust and mind's eye carry every thing she as soon as held expensive into treacherous balance

In Grace McCleen's harrowing, strong debut, she introduces an unforgettable heroine in ten-year-old Judith McPherson, a tender believer who sees the area with the transparent Eyes of religion. Persecuted in class for her ideals and being affected by her far-off, religious father at domestic, younger Judith reveals solace and connection in a version in miniature of the Promised Land that she has developed in her room from gathered discarded scraps--the Land of adornment. the place others may perhaps see garbage, Judith sees chance and divinity in even the strangest strains left in the back of. As ominous forces disrupt the peace in her and Father's modest lives--a strike threatens her father's manufacturing facility task, and the taunting in school slips into risky territory--Judith makes a miracle within the Land of adornment that solidifies her blossoming convictions. She is God's selected tool. however the heady outcomes of her newfound strength are tricky to regulate and should threaten the very foundations of her international.

With its intensely taut storytelling and crystalline prose, The Land of Decoration is a gripping, psychologically advanced tale of excellent and evil, belonging and isolation, which casts new and startling mild on how some distance we are going to visit shield the issues we like most.

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Buzz Kill

Putting the lifeless in deadline
To Bee or to not Bee? while the commonly disliked Honeywell Stingers soccer trainer is located murdered, 17-year-old Millie is decided to enquire. She is chasing a lead for the varsity newspaper – and looking out to transparent her father, the assistant trainer, and top suspect.


Millie's companion is gorgeous, smart—and holding secrets
Millie joins forces together with her mysterious classmate Chase who turns out to wish to assist her even whereas masking up secrets and techniques of his own.


She’s beginning to get a reputation…without any of the benefits.
Drama—and bodies—pile up round Millie and she or he chases clues, snuggles Baxter the so-ugly-he’s-adorable bassett hound, and storms out of the world’s such a lot awkward university dance/memorial mash-up. no less than she will get to devour loads of pie.


Best-selling writer Beth Fantaskey’s humorous, fast paced combination of Clueless and Nancy Drew is a suspenseful page-turner that's the top time a reader may have with buried guns, chook clocks, and a boy who simply watches gloomy movies…but one way or the other makes Millie smile. Bee-lieve it.

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The You I Never Knew

By Susan Wiggs

Michelle concept she misplaced every little thing at seventeen. Her father, a Hollywood legend, had eventually summoned her to his Montana ranch. but if he discovered of her affair with Sam, a employed hand, he had Sam fired and destroyed his family members. Michelle, pregnant, fled to Seattle.

There, she is profitable and safe--safe from love, secure from damage. yet her son is misplaced to her, a stricken teenager at the verge of self-destruction, a boy who blames her for the absence of his father and grandfather. after which her father calls to inform her he's demise. He has just one probability to live--if she's going to donate a kidney to save lots of him. So she is going, resolved to save lots of her father, terrified to stand Sam, yet pushed by means of desperation to save lots of her son. to do this, she needs to face the entire secrets and techniques of the prior and have the opportunity to heal the scars and love again.

Wiggs's delicate portrayal of oldsters and fanatics attempting to bond regardless of a less-than-perfect prior exemplifies the richness and realism this topic can lend a love story."
--- Publishers Weekly

"Realistic, attractive protagonists, secondary characters who're even more than caricatures, and a plot compelling in its simplicity are pluses for this well-written, engrossing novel, that may shock yet now not disappoint Wiggs's old fans."
--- Library magazine

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My Revolutions: A Novel

By Hari Kunzru

?Powerful? (The New Yorker), ?extraordinary? (The long island occasions ebook Review), and ?brilliant? (Entertainment Weekly)?you won?t have the ability to positioned down this new novel by way of the award-winning bestselling writer of The Impressionist

Critics have in comparison him to Martin Amis, Zadie Smith, Tom Wolfe, and Don DeLillo. Granta dubbed him ?one of the twenty top fiction writers less than forty.? Now Hari Kunzru supplies his most sensible novel yet.

Chris Carver resides a lie. His spouse, their teenage daughter, and everybody of their circle comprehend him as Michael body, suburban dad. they've got no concept that as an intensive pupil throughout the sixties he in short turned a terrorist? protesting the Vietnam warfare by way of environment off bombs. until eventually sooner or later a ghost from his prior turns up on his doorstep, forcing Chris at the run.

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Ryan's Return

By Barbara Freethy

Well-known photojournalist Ryan Hunter has get back to a kin torn aside by means of distrust and resentment -- to the daddy who disowned him, to the brother who betrayed him, to the little boy who stocks his gains. Ryan, the charismatic "bad boy" son, has lower back -- stirring up prior conflicts and throwing Kara Delaney's fragile center into turmoil.

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Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture

By Douglas Coupland

Generation X is Douglas Coupland's acclaimed salute to the iteration born within the overdue Nineteen Fifties and 1960s--a iteration identified vaguely as much as then as "twentysomething."

Andy, Claire, and Dag, every one of their twenties, have surrender "pointless jobs performed grudgingly to little applause" of their respective hometowns and reduce themselves adrift at the California desolate tract. looking for the drastic alterations that might lend aspiring to their lives, they have mired themselves within the detritus of yank cultural reminiscence. Refugees from background, the 3 boost an ascetic regime of story-telling, boozing, and dealing McJobs--"low-pay, low-prestige, low-benefit, no-future jobs within the carrier industry." they carry sleek fables of affection and loss of life one of the plastic surgery parlors and cocktail bars of Palm Springs, disturbingly humorous stories of nuclear waste, ancient overdosing, and mall culture.

A darkish picture of the trio's hugely fortressed internal global fast emerges--landscapes peopled with lifeless television indicates, "Elvis moments," and semi-disposable Swedish furnishings. And from those landscapes, deeper pictures emerge, these of fanatically self sustaining members, pathologically ambivalent in regards to the destiny and brimming with unhappy longings for permanence, for romance, and for his or her own residence. Andy, Dag, and Claire are underemployed, overeducated, intensely deepest, and unpredictable. just like the staff they replicate, they've got nowhere to appease their fears, and no tradition to interchange their anomie.

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Digital Geishas and Talking Frogs: The Best 21st Century Short Stories from Japan

Those wildly ingenious and boundary-bursting tales exhibit interesting and unforeseen own responses to the alterations raging via today's Japan. in addition to the various world's most famed eastern authors, electronic Geishas and speaking Frogs contains many writers making their English-language debut.

Introduction by means of Pico Iyer

1 The Floating wooded area through Natsuo Kirino
—Struggling together with her well-known father's legacy as a author, a daughter learns to place the previous in the back of her.

2 The Bonfire by way of Toshiyuki Horie
—Collecting kerosene lamps in the course of her travels permits a lady and her husband to accomplish a distinct commemoration in their son's death.

3 Ikebukuro West Gate Park by way of Ira Ishida
—Slackers and freeters populate a Tokyo park and underground haunts the place vigilante justice rules.

4 To Khabarovsk by means of Yoko Tawada
—A educate journey turns into a fantastical trip and dreamscape jam-packed with discovery.

5 As informed via a Nocturnal Witness by way of Jungo Aoki
—Wry observations approximately ladies, cats, and relationships.

6 Super-Frog Saves Tokyo by way of Haruki Murakami
—A titanic frog attempts to save lots of Tokyo from an approaching earthquake.

7 The Diary of A Mummy via Masahiko Shimada
—Tired of society, a guy retains a diary whereas following his personal course of escape.

8 the feminine Novelist by means of Maki Kashimada
—A misanthropic novelist with everlasting writer's block stocks her discontent with the world.

9 the ocean by way of Yoko Ogawa
—Awoman brings her fiancé domestic to satisfy her strange family members who stay through the sea.

10 The No Fathers membership by means of Tomoyuki Hoshino
—Participants during this membership stick with particular ideas while conversing approximately their lacking fathers.

11 Delilah by means of Hitomi Kanehara
—A depressed girl unearths intercourse, medicinal drugs and liberation in a Tokyo bar room.

12 My a little bit Crooked Brooch via Noboru Tsujihara
—A lady provides her husband permission to stay along with his mistress for thirty years.

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