Moroccan refugee. (Photo from Middle East Eye).
Our currently featured books, “The Great American Deception,” by Scott Stein, “Finding Lillie,” by Kate Ferris and “Keeping Time,” by Thomas Legendre, can be found by scrolling down below this post, or by clicking the author’s name on our Authors page.
First of all, I invite you to visit this blog’s brother/sister Website, Blessed Be The Undiscovered (blessedbetheundiscovered.com), which has added new features for November.
UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, NOV. 10-16.
“THE FIRE IN HIS WAKE,” BY SPENCER WOLFF.
The Fire in His Wake tells the story of two men swept up in refugee crises of the twenty-first century: Simon, a young employee at the UNHCR in Morocco, and Arès, a Congolese locksmith left for dead in the wake of ethnic violence. In search of a better future, Arès embarks on an epic journey across northern Africa with Europe as his goal. He reaches Rabat, Morocco, where he joins a desperate community of exiles fighting for survival in a hostile land. While Arès risks everything to make it to Spain, Simon gradually awakens to a subterranean world of violence that threatens his comfortable expat life and fledgling romance with a Moroccan singer. Part colorful portrait of life in the Maghreb, part astonishing tale of hope and perseverance, The Fire in his Wake carries the reader from the inner sanctums of the UN to the hazardous realities faced by the refugees in the streets and on their risky crossings to Europe.
“MEMORIES IN THE DRIFT,” BY MELISSA PAYNE.
Ten years ago, Claire Hines lost her unborn child—and her short-term memory—following a heartrending tragedy. With notebooks, calendars, to-do lists, fractured pieces of the past, and her father’s support, Claire makes it through each day, hour by hour, with relative confidence. She also has a close-knit community of friends in the remote Alaskan town where she teaches guitar to the local children. It’s there, in the reminders. As determined as Claire is to regain all that’s disappeared, she’d prefer to live without some memories of her before life—especially those of her mother, Alice, who abandoned her, and Tate, the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart. But when Alice and Tate return from the past, there’ll be so much more for Claire to relive. And to discover for the very first time. Through healing, forgiveness, and second chances, Claire may realize that what’s most important might not be re-creating the person she was, but embracing the possibilities of being the person she is.
“CAMP WINAPOOKA,” BY SCOTT LAUDATI.
A collection of poetry written between 2016 – 2019 detailing the downfall of the American Dream through my eyes. With topics ranging from love, nostalgia, dogs, drugs, travel, lost friends, broken promises, and most importantly – coming home, there is a piece of my soul, whether it be anger, happiness, rage, compassion, or despair, in every line. Writes Scott: “Everyone has poetry in them, and if you spend enough time without a job and a car, you’ll see the poetry in everything else. CAMP WINAPOOKA is the patterns in the night sounds, it’s the graffiti on a truck stop bathroom wall, it’s the postcard you’ve wanted to send to your first love but you still don’t have the nerve. No one ever took these things and put them on paper. So I did.”
“ON TRAIGH LAR BEACH,” BY DIANNE EBERT BEAFF
Erica Winchat, a young writer overwhelmed by the stress of her first book contract, discovers thirteen curious items tangled in the flotsam on the Scottish beach of Traigh Lar. Inspired by the objects, she tells the intriguing story of the owner of each one, uncovering a series of dramatic events — from a Chicago widow’s inspiring visit to Quebec City, to a shrimper’s daughter facing Tropical Storm Ruby in North Carolina.
The thirteenth item, a concert laminate badge, gives rise to the novella Fan Girls, in which the separate stories of four fans of the Scottish rock band Datha unfold in first person, culminating in their reunion at a concert in Chicago — a show where a shooting takes place
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Thanks for this. These sound like interesting stories. I plan to add to my WTR list with these. 🙂 Have a great day Darrell!