Weather Report, November 8

Kyoto, Japan (Interest).

Our currently featured books,  “Witch’s Dance,” by Erin Almond, “Cold Blessings,” by Maxmilian Werner and “Be the Thing of Memory,” by Carrie Adams, can be found by scrolling down below this post, along with the First Tuesday Replay. Or, simply click the author’s name on our Authors page.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, NOV. 9-15.

“THE BUDDHA’S BONE,” BY LEILANI STEWART.

Kimberly Thatcher wasn’t an English teacher. She wasn’t a poet. She wasn’t an adventurer. Now she wasn’t even a fiancée. But when one of her fellow non-Japanese colleagues tried to make her a victim, she said no.

In Japan on a one-year teaching contract at a private English language school, and with her troubled relationship far behind her in London, Kimberly set out to make new friends. She would soon discover the darker side of travelling alone – and people’s true intentions.

As she came to question the nature of all those around her – and herself – Kimberly was forced to embark on a soul-searching journey into emptiness. What came next after you looked into the abyss? Could Kimberly overcome the trauma – of sexual assault and pregnancy loss – blocking her path to personal enlightenment along the way, and forge a new identity in a journey of … Death. Cremation. Rebirth.

“REINVENTING JENNA ROSE,” BY JONI MARIE IRACI.

“Reinventing Jenna Rose,” propels the reader on a fast-paced journey through the life of a young girl who’s determined to realize her self-worth and overcome the trauma of a childhood where she was forced to be the “muse” for her child photographer father’s “art.” Left alone after her parent’s divorce, Jenna uncovers evidence of a grandmother living in New York City. Jenna resourcefully takes herself across the country and lands on the Upper West Side of Manhattan doorstep of her affluent maternal grandmother. A street-smart New York neighbor girl, a quirky therapist, a white German Shepherd and a story-telling grandmother, join forces to help Jenna overcome the hardships of her past and the shattering family secrets that soon come to light. This sad, funny, quirky novel, is infused with humor and literary references while relating a multi-generational family saga and legal thriller in the voice of a courageous young woman. It is filled with the sights, sounds and flavor of New York City.

“THE MASON HOUSE,” BY T. MARIE BERTINEAU

After her father’s untimely death, Theresa faced a rocky and unstable childhood. But there was one place she felt safe: her grandmother’s house in Mason, a depressed former copper mining town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Gram’s passing leaves Theresa once again at the mercy of the lasting, sometimes destructive grief of her Ojibwe mother and white stepfather. As the family travels back and forth across the country in search of a better life, one thing becomes clear: if they want to find peace, they will need to return to their roots.

The Mason House is at once an elegy for lost loved ones and a tale of growing up amid hardship and hope, exploring how time and the support of a community can at last begin to heal even the deepest wounds.

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bridgetowriters

Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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