Literary Coming of Age – Roya

RoyaRoya
By Elnaz Moghangard
Published: Janaury 2020
ISBN: 978-1657151741
ASIN: B083ZTVGS7
Genre: Literary Fiction, Coming of Age
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“Put your past in a casket, and its ghost will show up at your door. Burn it on a pyre, and its ashes will get in your eyes. But, if you entertain them from time-to-time, you realize they are no longer anything but the residual imaginings of the human mind.”

Roya tells the story of a 22-year-old Iranian-American woman confronting the shadows of her past in search of lion-hearted strength. Pressured to trade her dream of becoming a composer for medical school, she is at odds with her immigrant parents. A heartbreak over her first love has left her further feeling like an expat in her own body.

Upon her grandmother’s request, she embarks on a reluctant journey to Iran. There, she finds a country with its own torn identity –one caught between tradition and modernity. A quiet, yet pressing craving for freedom exists mirroring Roya’s own inner battle.

With the help of some unlikely friends, she finds truth in the unraveling of family secrets and a new dawn for dreams.

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Contemporary Women’s Fiction – The Speed of Life

The Speed of LifeThe Speed of Life
By Anne Pete
Publisher: AP Productions
Published: February 2020
ASIN: B084NVRHTW
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction
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The desert southwest can be an unforgiving place – thirsty and rugged, razor-sharp and venomous. But when funeral director Hope Moret moves from Pennsylvania, fleeing a painful past, she seeks solace in the temperamental land and the mysterious Night-Blooming Cereus that becomes the heart of her nursery. When she is diagnosed with a terminal neurodegenerative disorder years later, at 38, she realizes she must find herself … before she loses herself. A request to her husband to find and bring to her bedside four faces from the past – a treasured aunt, an old boyfriend, and two long-lost brothers – leads her and those she’s summoned to confront the choices of their lives and a buried secret that binds them together.

The Speed of Life is about a woman coping with the fallout of her Huntington’s Disease (HD) diagnosis, a fatal genetic disorder. May is National HD Awareness Month, the perfect time to read this heartrending, insightful and, ultimately, inspiring novel.

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Literary Fiction – Simon’s Mansion

Simon's MansionSimon’s Mansion
By William Poe
Published: September 2019
ISBN: 978-1729078433
ASIN: B07XSFFQM6
Genre: Literary Fiction
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Simon didn’t think he would ever go home again, but to plan for his future, he needs to face his past.

For Simon, the family mansion in Arkansas is a part of him. He may have fled small-town life for addiction–first to religion and then to cocaine–but he has found his way home. Now, all that’s left is for him to face those he hurt along the way. As Simon navigates his constant internal struggle between faith and atheism, he must make decisions that will forever alter the course of his life.

In this, the third book of his LGBT literary fiction series, author William Poe writes compellingly about his native Arkansas to pen a work of US historical fiction that finally includes the too-often-overlooked stories of gay and lesbian small-town Americans. Simon’s Mansion is a moving coming-of-age story about a man finally figuring out how to grow up.

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Literary Fiction – Mark IV

Mark IVMark IV
By James Ostby
Published: November 2019
ISBN: 9780991448234
ASIN: B081S4JPSN
Genre: Literary Fiction
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In our world of increasing complexity and the resultant human and physical constraints–overpopulation, global warming, rampant stupidity, unchecked evil, corruption, scientific advances used for ill–what is to be done? Are even the best governments incapable of maintaining order? Is the future of humankind at stake?

How many of us have wondered what we would do if we had some kind of world dictatorial power or other absolute influence? Many would find that conjecture to be overwhelming. Yet what if we limited our scope to, say, evil and corruption? The next barrier to fighting such iniquity would be the realization that too often world governments are inept when it comes to such endeavors. Inadequate due to legal, religious, intellectual, political and traditional moral strictures.

In view of that, what then if a choice had to be made between the world falling into chaos, and one in which there is secular salvation, but only through efforts that lie outside the normal bounds of the best of civilizations? There are immeasurable individuals and groups outside the laws who are vile and malevolent; why not a last-resort counterpart–unfettered by normal laws; practical and down-to-earth–dedicated to good, but who find it necessary to resort to harsh measures? Those who realize that we have come to a point in history where we must fight fire with fire.

Enter Ragnarök, a secret organization that inflicts punishments in the forms of Mark I, II, III, IV, or worse, Mark V (death).

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Literary/Historical Fiction – Maddy’s Wings

Maddy's WingsMaddy’s Wings
By Jan Porter
Published: July 2018
ISBN: 978-1983852305
ASIN: B07FNBHT2B
Genre: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Strong Female Characters
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“It was difficult to tell what was lightning, air fire or ground fire. It seemed we were trying to navigate a sky filled with fireworks within the middle of a storm. The plane shuddered, losing altitude in a dive that was too steep and too fast. Concerned that the stalling engine’s fire and tail rip may ignite the load of ammunition within, I instinctively banked, aiming offshore to the water below.”

“Maddy’s Wings is a heartwarming coming of age story!”

Maddy survived and now she wants to know why.

Racked with survivor’s guilt and beginning to suffer from Alzheimer’s in her old age, 92-year-old Maddy has a painful recollection stuck on repeat – the moment she crashed a loaded B26 bomber during her role as an Air Auxiliary Pilot in World War II.

Maddy’s relives poignant memories; growing up during the Great Depression, war traumas, the death of her daughter and unborn grandchild, and yet it is the plane crash that she cannot get out of her head.

As Maddy’s memories fade and life draws to a close, she seeks to live her last moments to the fullest. From intriguing new neighbours to a pet pig and giggle brownies, humour and heartbreak abounds as she struggles to shake off the survivor’s guilt that has haunted her for so long. Maddy’s free-spirited adventures are thwarted by a ruthless elder care worker, who is making her life a misery. Strange events unfold – the decades old cold case of a murdered local Pastor surfaces, and shocking truths come to light about little sister Rosie’s life during and after the war.

What really caused that fateful plane crash? Why did Maddy survive while others lost their lives? What really happened to her little sister Rosie during the war?

As she faces the final challenges of life to set herself free from the shackles of culpability, Maddy may just redefine what it means to be a hero.

Jan Porter is an award-winning author of literary fiction and personal growth books.

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Literary Fiction – Men’s Studies

Men's StudiesMen’s Studies
The Jenkins Grainger Books, Volume 2
By Whitney Hubbard
Published: July 2018
ISBN: 978-0981623412
ASIN: B07G6X2W3Q
Genre: Literary Fiction
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Unlike an apologetic tennis player raising his hand to be excused for a fluke of a shot, “Men’s Studies” asks for no such excuses.

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