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The Disenchanted Widow

The Disenchanted Widow

  • Author: Christina McKenna
  • Publisher: Amazon.Com Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781611099539
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 385
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It's 1981 and Belfast is burning. So, too, is freshly widowed Bessie Halstone: she burns with a desire to break with her troubled past. With her feckless husband gone, she leaves home hurriedly with her naughty nine-year-old son, Herkie, and not much else. The Dentist, an IRA enforcer, is on her tail. He's convinced that Bessie, with her "yella hair all puffed up like Merlin Monroe's," has absconded with the takings from a bank heist. But car trouble strands mother and son in Tailorstown, a sleepy Ulster village. Bessie finds temporary work as housekeeper for the handsome and mysterious parish priest. In the meantime, Lorcan Strong, an artist and a native of the village, is summoned home. He's been shanghaied into forging paintings for the IRA. It's work he cannot refuse; his mother and their business are under threat. Yet things are not what they seem in quirky Tailorstown. There is a "sleeper" in the village. But who? Bizarrely, it is young Herkie, due to his childish curiosity, who unravels the mystery and saves the day.

The Misremembered Man

The Misremembered Man

  • Author: Christina McKenna
  • Publisher: Amazonencore
  • ISBN: 9781935597766
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 309
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A cloth bag containing eight copies of the title and 1 discussion folder.

The Godforsaken Daughter

The Godforsaken Daughter

  • Author: Christina McKenna
  • Publisher: Lake Union Press
  • ISBN: 9781477827451
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 378
  • View: 1998
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When Ruby Clare's father was alive, they happily toiled together on their small dairy farm in Northern Ireland. Since his death seven months ago, Ruby--thirty-three years old, plain, and plump--has become a veritable drudge for Martha, her endlessly critical mother. Then comes the day when Ruby finds her late grandmother's old suitcase in the attic. Among its strange contents: a slim, handmade volume called The Book of Light. The deeper Ruby delves into its mysterious pages, the more confident she feels. But Martha, convinced that her newly empowered daughter must be possessed, enlists the help of psychiatrist Henry Shevlin. Henry is unflappable on the surface, yet inwardly he's reeling from his wife's unexplained disappearance the year before. As Ruby undergoes therapy alongside other local patients, including lonely bachelor farmer Jamie McCloone, all their lives intersect in unexpected ways. And Ruby, alone for so long, finds the courage to connect--with Jamie, with Henry, and with her own loving, indomitable spirit.

The Spinster Wife

The Spinster Wife

  • Author: Christina McKenna
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781612186993
  • Category: Farmers
  • Page: 396
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Rita-Mae has lived in fear for as long as she can remember. Fear of being alone, fear of her past and, above all, fear of her husband, Harry. Until she spots an advertisement for a vacant cottage in a small town in Northern Ireland. She makes her escape filled with hope, ready to start a new life in a new home, free from the pain of her past. But her place of refuge may not be as safe--or as anonymous--as she thought.

The Silver Star

The Silver Star

  • Author: Jeannette Walls
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1471129101
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 288
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A stunning, heartbreaking novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world - a triumph of imagination and storytelling. It is 1970. 'Bean' Holladay is twelve and her sister Liz fifteen when their artistic mother Charlotte, a woman who 'flees every place she's ever lived at the first sign of trouble', takes off to 'find herself'. She leaves the girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that has been in the family for generations. An impetuous optimist, Bean discovers who her father was and learns many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, so Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Madox, foreman of the mill in town, a big man who bullies workers, tenants and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister, inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, non-conformist. But when school starts in the autumn, it is Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens between Liz and Maddox... 'Tragic and comic at the same time... an outrageous story, one that will break your heart' Sunday Independent 'There isn't a shred of self-pity in this deeply compassionate book' Marie Claire ***Half Broke Horses (S&S, 2009) 'Has immense power and readibility... What it does with aplomb is to track the birth of a nation: the conjuring of modern America from a scorched, dusty wasteland' The Times

Enter, Night

Enter, Night

  • Author: Michael Rowe
  • Publisher: ChiZine
  • ISBN: 1927469031
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 420
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Welcome to Parr's Landing, Population 1,528 . . . and shrinking. The year is 1972. Widowed Christina Parr, her daughter Morgan, and her brother-in-law Jeremy have returned to the remote northern Ontario mining town of Parr’s Landing, the place from which Christina fled before Morgan was born, seeking refuge. Dr. Billy Lightning has also returned in search of answers to the mystery of his father’s brutal murder. All will find some part of what they seek—and more. Built on the site of a decimated 17th-century Jesuit mission to the Ojibwa, Parr’s Landing is a town with secrets of its own buried in the caves around Bradley Lake. A three-hundred-year-old horror slumbers there, calling out to the insane and the murderous for centuries, begging for release—an invitation that has finally been answered. One man is following that voice, cutting a swath of violence across the country, bent on a terrible resurrection of the ancient evil, plunging the town and all its people into an endless night.

An Elegy for Easterly

An Elegy for Easterly

Stories

  • Author: Petina Gappah
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 1429920270
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 240
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A woman in a township in Zimbabwe is surrounded by throngs of dusty children but longs for a baby of her own; an old man finds that his new job making coffins at No Matter Funeral Parlor brings unexpected riches; a politician's widow stands quietly by at her husband's funeral, watching his colleagues bury an empty casket. Petina Gappah's characters may have ordinary hopes and dreams, but they are living in a world where a loaf of bread costs half a million dollars, where wives can't trust even their husbands for fear of AIDS, and where people know exactly what will be printed in the one and only daily newspaper because the news is always, always good. In her spirited debut collection, the Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah brings us the resilience and inventiveness of the people who struggle to live under Robert Mugabe's regime. She takes us across the city of Harare, from the townships beset by power cuts to the manicured lawns of privilege and corruption, where wealthy husbands keep their first wives in the "big houses" while their unofficial second wives wait in the "small houses," hoping for a promotion. Despite their circumstances, the characters in An Elegy for Easterly are more than victims—they are all too human, with as much capacity to inflict pain as to endure it. They struggle with the larger issues common to all people everywhere: failed promises, unfulfilled dreams, and the yearning for something to anchor them to life.

My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress

My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress

  • Author: Christina McKenna
  • Publisher: Neil Wilson Pub Limited
  • ISBN: 9781903238769
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 245
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A remarkable memoir which is often humorous and ultimately very moving as a young Catholic girl struggles to break away from destructive influence of her father in 1960s Ulster.

The Clockwork Wolf

The Clockwork Wolf

  • Author: Lynn Viehl
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 147673061X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
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In Book Two of the Disenchanted & Co. steampunk series, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge confronts native magics and mechanical menaces in Toriana—an alternate America that lost the Revolutionary War. As the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. in a steampunk version of America, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living solving magical crimes. But when a snobbish lady begs for help, saving her reputation might very well cost Kit her life. Doing a favor for deathmage Lucien Dredmore, Kit agrees to interview a newly widowed lady as a potential client. Upon meeting, however, she learns that the woman in question is none other than Lady Eugenia Bestly, president of the Rumsen Ladies Decency Society—someone who once led a vicious campaign to ruin Kit’s life. Ironically Lady Bestly now lives in fear herself, for the press is about to unmask her husband as the savage “Wolfman” who died while terrorizing the city. As monstrous rampages continue to occur, Kit soon determines there is more than one Wolfman, and that they may themselves be victims of evil players. While avoiding both mechanized assassins and attempts by Dredmore and Chief Inspector Tom Doyle to take her under their protection, Kit follows a tangled path that leads from a prestigious gentlemen’s club fronting a hellish secret to a vengeful native tribe and dangerous, ancient magics.

Indian Summer

Indian Summer

  • Author: William D. Howells
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
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The Years of Rice and Salt

The Years of Rice and Salt

A Novel

  • Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Publisher: Spectra
  • ISBN: 9780553897609
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 784
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With the incomparable vision and breathtaking detail that brought his now-classic Mars trilogy to vivid life, bestselling author KIM STANLEY ROBINSON boldly imagines an alternate history of the last seven hundred years. In his grandest work yet, the acclaimed storyteller constructs a world vastly different from the one we know.... The Years of Rice and Salt It is the fourteenth century and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur–the coming of the Black Death. History teaches us that a third of Europe’s population was destroyed. But what if? What if the plague killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have been–a history that stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, a history that spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation. These are the years of rice and salt. This is a universe where the first ship to reach the New World travels across the Pacific Ocean from China and colonization spreads from west to east. This is a universe where the Industrial Revolution is triggered by the world’s greatest scientific minds–in India. This is a universe where Buddhism and Islam are the most influential and practiced religions and Christianity is merely a historical footnote. Through the eyes of soldiers and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and scholars, Robinson renders an immensely rich tapestry. Rewriting history and probing the most profound questions as only he can, Robinson shines his extraordinary light on the place of religion, culture, power, and even love on such an Earth. From the steppes of Asia to the shores of the Western Hemisphere, from the age of Akbar to the present and beyond, here is the stunning story of the creation of a new world. From the Hardcover edition.

Almost Paradise

Almost Paradise

The East Hampton Murder of Ted Ammon

  • Author: Kieran Crowley
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 0312340230
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 380
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Traces the murder of multimillionaire financier Ted Ammon in 2001, discussing the investigation into his volatile marriage to decorator Generosa, the infidelities of both partners, and Generosa's ex-con lover, who is believed to have played a key role in the killing. By the author of The Surgeon's Wife. 40,000 first printing.

Ireland's Haunted Women

Ireland's Haunted Women

  • Author: Christina McKenna
  • Publisher: Poolbeg Press Ltd
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 236
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Ireland’s Haunted Women tells the chilling tales of nine modern Irishwomen, and one young girl, who have experienced hauntings. This is not just another ghost book – no rehashing of old tales or stories borrowed from other collections. These cases are told here for the first time, collected from women the length and breadth of Ireland – women who are vulnerable to seeing ghosts, to house-hauntings and to demonic possession. We have come a long way from headless horsemen, pookas, banshees and the like. The modern ghost has to be more sophisticated than that. On the other hand, poltergeist activity has remained virtually unchanged down the centuries; scenes of past wickedness continue to haunt the living; the spirits of the deceased stubbornly insist on returning. Riveting, suspenseful, these tales of the paranormal will draw you in and leave you petrified! Whether you accept them as truth or reject them as delusion or false memory, we guarantee that they will leave you shaken and slow to switch off your bedside lamp for many nights to come.

Flight of the Disenchanted

Flight of the Disenchanted

  • Author: Walter Borenstein
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1543457932
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 414
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The two novels tell the story of Mara and her widowed father, Enrique Aracil, a physician, from her earliest years, sharing her life with family members and growing into womanhood. Her fathers involvement with the anarchist movement brings him in contact with a young fanatic Nilo Brull, who fails in a desperate attempt to assassinate the young king and his bride, throwing a bomb at their open carriage on their wedding day. Aracil is accused of abetting the bomber, and he and his daughter are forced to flee Madrid. The first novel follows the pair as they travel on foot and later on horseback through the countryside west of the city on their way to Portugal. The author describes in great detail all their adventures as they move from one town to the next, staying at inns and meeting the many characters on their way. It ends with their voyage by sea from Portugal to London. The second novel describes their stay in London, at a pension in Bloomsbury, and the various people they encounter while they remain in London. Baroja reveals the influence of his favorite author, Charles Dickens, throughout many picturesque scenes. When they consider its safe to return to Spain, they sail back, and Marie ends up marrying her cousin.

India Black and The Widow of Windsor

India Black and The Widow of Windsor

A Madam of Espionage Mystery

  • Author: Carol K. Carr
  • Publisher: Titan Books
  • ISBN: 1783292326
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
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A MADAM OF ESPIONAGE MYSTERY Whether running a brothel or running from danger as a spy for Her Majesty, India Black knows how to use the tricks of her trade. This time she's off to Scotland to ensure that the Queen doesn't end up getting killed... When Queen Victoria attends a séance, the spirit of her departed husband, Prince Albert, insists she spend Christmas at their Scottish home in Balmoral, a deviation from her usual practice. The prime minister suspects that Scottish nationalists are planning to assassinate the Queen, and sends the ever-resourceful India and the handsome British spy French to the Scottish Highlands undercover. French takes the high road, looking for a traitor among the Queen's guests - and India takes the low road, disguised as a servant in case an assassin is hiding among the Queen's staff. For her part, India doesn't need a medium to predict that someone at Balmoral is determined that this Christmas will be her Majesty's last... “Fast, funny and entertaining.” RT BOOK REVIEW “Plenty of derring do...close calls and narrow escapes.” MYSTERIOUS REVIEWS “Fans of historical murder mysteries should rejoice at the appearance of a second India Black adventure and the prospect of more - the madam comes highly recommended.”?OPEN LETTERS MONTHLY

The Undertaking

The Undertaking

  • Author: Audrey Magee
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • ISBN: 0802192610
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 304
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From a remarkable new talent in Irish fiction comes a terrifyingly intimate story of a war marriage caught up in the calamity of World War II, a much anticipated debut which has garnered prepublication praise from Colm Toibin, Hugo Hamilton, A.D. Miller, and Chris Cleave. In a desperate bid to escape the trenches of the Eastern front, Peter Faber, an ordinary German soldier, marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met, in a marriage of convenience that promises ‘honeymoon’ leave for him and a pension for her should he die in the war. With ten days’ leave secured, Peter visits his new wife in Berlin and both are surprised by the passion that develops between them. When Peter returns to the horror of the front, it is only the dream of Katharina that sustains him as he approaches Stalingrad. Back in Berlin, Katharina, goaded on by her desperate and delusional parents, ruthlessly works her way into Nazi high society, wedding herself, her young husband, and her unborn child to the regime. But when the tide of war turns and Berlin falls, Peter and Katharina find their simple dream of family cast in tragic light and increasingly hard to hold on to. Reminiscent of Bernard Schlink’s The Reader, this is an unforgettable novel of marriage, ambition, and the brutality of war, which heralds the arrival of a breathtaking new voice in international fiction.

The Book of Khalid

The Book of Khalid

  • Author: Ameen Rihani
  • Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
  • ISBN: 3732680789
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 208
  • View: 7314
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Reproduction of the original: The Book of Khalid by Ameen Rihani

Staring At The Sun

Staring At The Sun

  • Author: Julian Barnes
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada
  • ISBN: 0307367568
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 208
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Jean Serjeant, the heroine of Julian Barnes’s wonderfully provocative novel, seems ordinary, but has an extraordinary disdain for wisdom. And as Barnes—winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending—follows her from her childhood in the 1920s to her flight into the sun in the year 2021, he confronts readers with the fruits of her relentless curiosity: pilgrimages to China and the Grand Canyon; a catalog of 1940s sexual euphemisms; and a glimpse of technology in the twenty-first century (when The Absolute Truth can be universally accessed). Elegant, funny and intellectually subversive, Staring at the Sun is Julian Barnes at his most dazzlingly original. “Brilliant. . . . A marvelous literary epiphany.” —Carlos Fuentes, The New York Times Book Review “Barnes’s literary energy and daring are nearly unparalleled.” —New Republic

Mr Right for the Night

Mr Right for the Night

  • Author: Marisa Mackle
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780954491369
  • Category:
  • Page: 407
  • View: 2674
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The Disenchanted Self

The Disenchanted Self

Representing the Subject in the Canterbury Tales

  • Author: Henry Marshall Leicester
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520067608
  • Category: History
  • Page: 451
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"Leicester performs a full-scale revision of the 'dramatic way of reading Chaucer, ' the 'character-oriented, dramatic approaches' that continue to underlie many (perhaps most) current readings of Chaucer. His well-articulated approach to the "Tales " is informed by immersion in and understanding of current literary-critical theory. In fact, he makes an important intervention in critical theory (certainly in medieval literary criticism) in his project of 'recovering the subject' and theorizing its agency after the evacuation of individual subjectivity by structuralism. He operates in the knowledge that the human subject is a construct, however, a knowledge that structuralism provided; Leiscester's is thus best understood as a 'post-structuralist acitivity.' Along the way, he does brilliant close readings of thee major "Tales"--the Wife of Bath's, Pardoner's, and Knight's--and the "General Prologue." Very few writers have asked of and gotten so much from Chaucer's texts."--Carolyn Dinshaw, author of "Chaucer's Sexual Politics" "A brilliant study of the nature of human subjectivity in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales." It responds to some controversial issues in Chaucer criticism and to relevant questions in modern psychoanalytic, post-structuralist, and sociological theories of the self. It contributes to both Chaucer studies and modern theory by giving rich, nuanced, and fruitful readings of three tales. . . . Leicester's interpretations of the poems are original and compelling. Having read them, I find them indispensable."--Judith Ferster, author of "Chaucer on Interpretation"