Literary Historical Short Stories – Mistakes by the Lake

Mistakes by the Lake
By Brian Petkash
Publisher: Madville Publishing
ISBN: 978-1948692328
ASIN: B08CBBTFRK
Genre: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories
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Set in Cleveland, Ohio, from its earliest beginnings as a forested frontier to the urban blight of modern times, Mistakes by the Lake is a collection of ten thematically-linked stories spanning the many faces of the city’s history:

**a motorman navigates his 1920’s back-and-forth trolley until he snaps;
**a stockyards knocker encounters the Virgin Mary during the 1954 World Series;
**a wannabe wrestles his unruly mind along the flammable 1960’s Cuyahoga River;
**in a reinvention of Henry IV, a young man must either stick with his bumbling criminal crew or uncover legit ways to support his mother and transgender Gramps.

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Literary Fiction – The Bird that Sang in Color

The Bird that Sang in Color
By Garce Mattioli
Published: January 17, 2021
ISBN: 978-0990575191
ASIN: B08GS2D3ZB
Genre: Literary Fiction
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Donna Greco subscribes to a conventional view of success in life, and she pushes her freewheeling, artistic brother, Vincent to do the same. However, he refuses to conform, and she harbors guilt for her supposed failure to ensure his happiness until she discovers a book of sketches he made of his life, which allows her to see his internal joy and to discover the secret to living free!

While this textured story combines serious issues such as alcoholism, death, and family conflict, it’s balanced with wit and humor and is filled with endearing, unforgettable characters. The story spans decades, beginning in 1970 and ending in the present. Readers will be immersed in this tale which poses an intriguing question: “What pictures will you have of yourself by the end of your life?”

“hugely moving, beautifully rendered, and brilliant,” Lidia Yuknavitch

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Literary Fiction – The Glorious Between

The Glorious Between
By Doug Reid
Publisher: Atmosphere Press
Published: July 2020
ISBN: 978-1648261787
ASIN: B08DY9T63F
Genre: Literary Fiction
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The Glorious Between is a feel-good novel and primarily a love story. Influences include Oliver Sacks (Neurology), Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mark Helprin (Magical Realism), Michael Ondaatje (Prose), Oliver Sacks, Kahlil Gibran, and Mary Alice Marsh for the philosophical direction.

Emily is dying. It is that thing in her head. Worse, she cannot remember her past, and can retain only fragments of the present. It feels as if she has never existed.

She is tucked up tight, holding her breath, suspended in time.

“I am not my body,” she often says, meaning she feels as if she is more than that; that we are more than just flesh and bone. But she knows, too, that reality has an awkward way of intruding into what one might hope for, and that her impending death is inevitable. In the end, she is her body and a broken one at that. It is just the way it is.

Or is it?

Enter Alessandra. Enter Patrick. Patrick, a world class neurologist and Emily’s lov-er. Alessandra, who can speak to the river, summon the sun, and redirect the moon with the tips of her fingers.

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Literary Fiction – Seven Gifts in The Rain

Seven Gifts in The Rain
By theSailor
Publisher: Strange Land
ISBN-13: 979-8605986614
ASIN: B005K01ATU
Genre: Literary Fiction, Fairytale
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“This is not a normal book with a normal story…”

It is the story of a lonely white dolphin, and a tree, curiously shaped like a guitar with too many strings. Of an outcast singer, a honeybee and other strange misfits who help a young boy bring long-awaited rain to seven precious gifts, that have lain dormant for aeons in the parched body of the Earth. The rain awakens the gifts; and the gifts awaken the boy. And the boy awakens the Earth.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

“Wonderful current-day twist on fairy tales, faith … and the search for universal truths” – BookLife Prize

Eric Hoffer Book Award 2019:
WINNER – Ebook Fiction
SHORTLIST – The Grand Prize
FINALIST – Montaigne Medal (for the most thought-provoking book)

“Beautifully written tales that capture the mind, heart and spirit” — Szoch
“This little book was charming. I much preferred it to The Shack” — The Self-Publishing Review
“For readers seeking something original and thought-provoking, this is nearly perfect” — The Book Review Blog
“One of those unique and wonderful manus that come one’s way all too rarely; a most unusual and beautiful story that lingers in the mind long after one has read it” — Souvenir Press

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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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