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The Lost Women of Azalea Court  by Ellen Meeropol

09/13/2022

On a chilly November morning, eighty-eight-year-old Iris Blum goes missing from Azalea Court, a six-bungalow development on the grounds of a long-closed state mental hospital. Her husband, Asher Blum, was the last head psychiatrist at the hospital and is suspected of being involved in Iris's disappearance. When the searches and interviews come up empty, the neighbor women dig into the past. Lexi, the neighbor women, a homeless woman who befriends Iris, and Detective McPhee uncover the ghosts, secrets, and lies of the past; together, they narrate this story.


Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc.  by Ash Bishop

09/03/2022

When Russ Wesley finds an unusual artifact in his grandfather’s collection of rare antiquities, the last thing he expects is for it to draw the attention of a ferocious alien from a distant planet. “This book is so much fun it ought to be illegal in all known galaxies. Ash Bishop has written a wildly imagined, deeply felt, swashbuckling page turner. I loved it.” —Jesse Kellerman, New York Times bestselling author of The Burning


Field of Everlasting  by Kristine Rae Anderson

08/22/2022

The poems in Field of Everlasting consider what endures in one's life. What, after all, do we hold on to, and what holds on to us? Note: A prepublication discounted price of $7 + shipping is available for a limited time.


Bad Mothers, Bad Daughters  by Maya Sonenberg

08/01/2022

In these dense and startling stories, Maya Sonenberg telescopes seasons, decades, and generations in candid depictions of women’s family lives.


The Puppeteer's Daughters   by Heather Newton

07/25/2022

At his 80th birthday party, renowned puppeteer Walter Gray surprises his three daughters with an announcement that there is a fourth. A torn paternity test, and a will that places a condition on each daughter’s inheritance, suggest that the missing daughter isn’t a figment of his dementia. In searching for the fourth daughter and struggling to meet the conditions of their father’s will, the sisters must confront and renegotiate their relationships with their father and each other.


Border/Between: A Symphony in Essays  by Carol D. Marsh

06/30/2022

In "Border/Between: A Symphony in Essays," Carol D. Marsh writes about death, addictions, and war while also exploring how written form and expression have a counterpart in music. Structured upon the 4-movement symphony and incorporating other forms such as the rock song and the Requiem, Border/Between seeks and finds its place in what lies between the sharp and unforgiving edges of ideology and judgment. In refusing to allow borders to govern her, Marsh is able to bring compassion and hope to what seems irredeemable.


WORDS FROM WALLS  by DM Frech

06/21/2022

"DM Frech has the gift for taking a surprising angle on the world as if it were the most natural view, in a plain-spoken voice that somehow pierces to the heart of every moment on first encounter, and she has the craft to explore that moment in accumulating circles of context, letting the ripples of that initial wonder radiate in unforeseen ways." —Tim Farrington


What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me  by Donna S Gordon

06/08/2022

WHAT BEN FRANKLIN WOULD HAVE TOLD ME explores the story of Lee, a vibrant thirteen-year-old boy who is facing premature death from Progeria (a premature aging disease). When a mix-up prevents his mother from taking Lee on his "final wish" trip to Washinton, D.C. and Philadelphia to pursue his interest in the life of Ben Franklin, his caretaker, Tomas--who has discovered potential leads to his own missing family--offers to accompany Lee on the trip. Set during the Ronald Reagan presidency, this novel takes the reader on an unforgettable journey.


Pretend Plumber  by Stephanie Barbe Hammer

05/15/2022

Sarassine Anfang is a precocious Los Angeles teen, who grows so fed up with her wealthy, dysfunctional Jewish Hancock Park family that she decides to run away to her grandfather's Wilshire condo, and become a plumber. But her chocolate eating grandmother and her distracted parents have other ideas. Gayle Brandeis writes: "A wild, exhilarating, insightful journey through Southern California and gender and family and Jewishness and sexuality. This a novel to kvell about."


Muse, Um  by Larry O. Dean

05/13/2022

Chapbook of ekphrastic poems inspired by visits to the Art Institute of Chicago.


In the Lonely Backwater  by Valerie Nieman

05/10/2022

When Maggie's beautiful cousin Charisse disappears on prom night and is found dead at the marina where Maggie lives, Maggie’s plans begin to unravel. A mysterious stranger begins stalking her and a local detective on the case leaves her struggling to hold on to her secrets. As the detective gets closer to the truth, and Maggie’s stalker is closing in, she is forced to comes to terms with the one person who might hold the answers—herself. “Gripping and graceful in equal measure." -- Art Taylor


The Partition  by Don Lee

05/10/2022

A thrilling new story collection from acclaimed writer Don Lee exploring Asian American identity, spanning decades and continents


Arribada  by Estela Gonzalez

05/10/2022

Mariana Sánchez Celis has traveled the world, but a family emergency makes her return to Ayotlan, Mexico. She discovers it is no longer the place she remembers. When Fernanda, a member of the Concáac people, convinces Mariana to join sea turtle and architectural conservation projects, the love between them puts them both further in harm’s way. Arribada is the story of a well-to-do woman pushed to confront her role in environmental and social injustice. It is the saga of a family faced with the realization that their comfort rests on crimes against what they hold dearest.


Philosophers Know Nothing About Love  by Alison Lubar

05/09/2022

Light the torch and explore the depths of Alison Lubar’s debut chapbook, Philosophers Know Nothing About Love. This collection uses Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave’ as a meta-allegory for love, and in particular, what happens when two lay-philosophers collide mid-life. It’s not as pretentious as it might sound—these poems are grounded in a visit to a museum and more whiskey and figs than anyone could wish for.


Monkey Business  by Carleton Eastlake

05/03/2022

Carl Hiaasen, make way for Carleton Eastlake. Monkey Business is a brash and bawdy hero’s journey—and wicked fun from start to finish. —JULIA GLASS, National Book Award–winning author of THREE JUNES


Spell Heaven  by Toni Mirosevich

04/26/2022

In "Spell Heaven," a linked story collection, a gay couple moves to a coastal town and unexpectedly finds a sense of belonging with a group of outsiders. "Spell Heaven" celebrates those who are looking for human connection in an increasingly isolated world. "...'Spell Heaven' is a compelling collection whose narrator ponders memory, time, and lost worlds. With lyrical insight, she explores the mystery and the margins, the people and places, of the hardscrabble seaside town where she and her wife have made a home. A gem." Vanessa Hua, author of "Forbidden City."


Lines in Opposition  by Maureen Sherbondy

04/12/2022

Lines in Opposition is an apt title for Maureen Sherbondy’s collection of observant, reflective, and sometimes acerbic poems. The lines are forthright and the strategic dissonance makes a music suggestive of klezmer: stimulating, energetic, no-holds-barred fun—serious fun. These pieces woke me up. Some will keep me awake. --Fred Chappell, Poet Laureate of North Carolina (1997-2002)


XO  by Sara Rauch

04/05/2022

Sara Rauch is in a long-term, committed relationship with another woman when she begins a low-residency MFA in fiction. Though it goes against the promises she’s made, she finds herself pulled into an intense affair with a married man, a well-known writer in the program. More than an essay about bisexual infidelity and the resulting heartbreaks, XO unfolds Rauch’s story like a map of psychic terrain, allowing the author to explore her longstanding obsessions with romantic love, personal faith and belief systems, and the stories we tell ourselves to get through our ever changing lives.


Carnival of Reality: Collection of Short Stories  by Allison Whittenberg

04/05/2022

Allison Whittenberg’s characters have a lot of soul. They’re riled up, outspoken, and sometimes even silent, in which case, they’re still saying a lot. They’re convincingly alive and they come at you from the page. In this brilliant mid-career collection, Whittenberg’s The Carnival of Reality investigates the complexities in human relationships from a decidedly black woman’s perspective.


The Hoarder's Wife  by Deborah S. Greenhut

04/05/2022

During their thirty-five years of marriage, Luddy was all about the concrete, while abstract Grace sidelined her career in music because marriage and the family required it. At sixty, Grace divorced him to claim her space in the arts, but, by taking his own life, it seemed that Luddy had written the last movement of their relationship. Or did he? Following Luddy’s tragic suicide, Grace reunites with her sons in the house where her husband hoarded, reclaiming the literal journal of her adult life to make sense of how she came to be The Hoarder’s Wife.


Water Lessons  by Lisa Dordal

04/01/2022

Dordal demands that we not only see the past, but that we step into its deceptively gentle tide, one that sweeps us back to the people, places, and eras that still haunt us. — Destiny O. Birdsong


Weren’t We Natural Swimmers   by Aliah Lavonne Tigh

03/30/2022

Weren’t We Natural Swimmers is an invitation to look deeply at disasters made intimate and personal — dead and dying fathers and uncles in a landscape of burning refineries, flooded rooms and a looming never-ending war. Despite this terrifying world, despite heartbreak, Aliah Lavonne Tigh celebrates “the beauty our eyes can unhide,” the luminous natural world still present and wondrous. -Ching-In Chen, author of recombinant


The Model Spy  by Maryka Biaggio

03/29/2022

THE MODEL SPY is based on the true story of Toto Koopman, who spied for the Allies and Italian Resistance during World War II. Largely unknown today, Toto was arguably the first woman to spy for the British Intelligence Service. Operating in the hotbed of Mussolini's Italy, she courted danger every step of the way. As the war entered its final stages, she faced off against the most brutal of forces—Germany's Intelligence Service, the Abwehr.


Safe Places: Stories (Juniper Prize for Fiction)  by Kerry Dolan

03/25/2022

Winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction, selected by Noy Holland. A prizewinning debut collection of stories exploring the vagaries of life, human connection, and desire. "A rumination on love, on loyalty and chance, a story collection brimming with surprises....I love the clean candor of these sentences, the buoyant generosity of this heart." --Noy Holland "A blues song in the key of Berriault, Michaels, and Paley...a psychology so fine it aches." --Edie Meidav


The light box:   by Omowole Jesse Alexander

03/24/2022

This book brings together more than four decades of spiritual poems that have come through me.


Ambrotypes  by Amy Barnes

03/15/2022

“Nothing can really prepare you for the people you'll encounter in Amy Barnes's Ambrotypes: little girls with feet made of sugar; alligator babies; wives who grow feathers; fathers made of origami. These stories are surprising, wholly original, and go down easy -- the perfect reading for our current reality.” — Amy Shearn, award-winning author of Unseen City and The Mermaid of Brooklyn


The Lost Son  by Stephanie Vanderslice

03/14/2022

How does a mother survive the unsurvivable? After her husband and the baby's nurse kidnap her infant son, Nicholas, and take him back to their native Germany, Julia Kruse must completely rebuild her life in America.


They Can Take It Out  by Cheryl Clark Vermeulen

03/01/2022

Full of memory and movement, painting and dance, the speaker in They Can Take It Out acknowledges “Art is my favorite future.” -Amaranth Borsuk Weaving illness, art, and pregnancy together as if surprising, even stunning, twists of phrasing could out-maneuver a cancer or guarantee conception, this collection covers an amazing range of human event and emotion. -Cole Swensen They Can Take It Out speaks to the experience of disease as a relationship with what’s outside the human body. “Immortal cells are cancerous cells. They don’t stop dividing.” Civilization is the diagnosis. -Nikki Wallschlaeger


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