My Pen Pal Ien

Author: Glynn Green

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 168

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Besides their name, the Popsics seem to be a normal family. Sholt and his wife, Dyrain, are perfect pushovers with three spoiled children who they secretly believe are the only reason why they are still married. Their teenage adopted Pakistani son, Sammy, knows for certain he is the luckiest teenager alive. His sisters, Kamora and Olina, take pride in their big sister / little sister roles. But the truth is that this family does not exist yet. Years earlier, Dyrain is a fifteen-year-old with a devoted pen pal, Ien Green. She has never seen his face or heard his voice. He lives in Wyoming, she in Utah. For five years, Ien has been communicating with Dyrain through letters. Only Dyrain knows Ien is an alien. What she does not know is that he is authoring her future life into existence for the purpose of tranquility when his and her people come together. Now only time will tell whether Dyrain can come to accept the alien writings enough to continue her relationship with Ien and, in her own way, help him introduce Earth to alien life. In this science fiction adventure, an earthling, brought together with an alien through pen pal correspondence, discovers her destiny is nothing like she ever imagined.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

A Novel

Author: George V. Higgins

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 503

The classic novel from "America's best crime novelist" (Time), with a new introduction by Dennis Lehane George V. Higgins's seminal crime novel is a down-and-dirty tale of thieves, mobsters, and cops on the mean streets of Boston. When small-time gunrunner Eddie Coyle is convicted on a felony, he's looking at three years in the pen--that is, unless he sells out one of his big-fish clients to the DA. But which of the many hoods, gunmen, and executioners whom he calls his friends should he send up the river? Told almost entirely in crackling dialogue by a vivid cast of lowlifes and detectives, The Friends of Eddie Coyle is one of the greatest crime novels ever written. “The best crime novel ever written--makes The Maltese Falcon read like Nancy Drew.” -- Elmore Leonard

Finding Camlann: A Novel

Author: Sean Pidgeon

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 713

A compelling argument about the origins of King Arthur wrapped in a brilliant novel. Set against a rich historical landscape evoked by the secret places and half-forgotten legends of the British countryside, Finding Camlann is both a "fascinating mystery that will engage readers attracted by history, myth and language" (Washington Independent Review of Books) and a "beautifully written, intelligent, and ingenious" (Gillian Bradshaw) novel of how stories shape our notions of the past—and of ourselves. Archaeologist Donald Gladstone is sure that there never was a "real" King Arthur—that is, until a surprising find at Stonehenge seems to offer hard evidence of Arthur's existence. Teaming up with Julia Llewellyn, a gifted linguist working at the Oxford English Dictionary, Donald sets off on a literary and mythological quest that will change both of their lives. Gloriously many-layered, Finding Camlann is a deeply satisfying love story, a gripping detective story, and a narrative journey of myriad pleasures.

White Badge

A Novel of Korea

Author: Junghyo Ahn

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 337

View: 131

This novel about a former soldier haunted by the past is “the first major book about Korean involvement in the Vietnam War” (Los Angeles Times). Han Kiju is an executive in Seoul, a modern Korean intellectual who works in book publishing. But he has never fully come to grips with his memories of war—first the conflict that gripped his own country, and then his time in Vietnam. When an old comrade-in-arms, a coward who crumpled in battle, begins to follow him, Kiju must finally deal with the ghosts of the past haunting his present, in this brutal, evocative tale of combat.

Everywhere in Chains

A Novel

Author: James Casper

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 350

View: 340

This highly thought-provoking, sometimes amusing and always life-affirming novel illustrates one family's experiences with America's criminal justice system. As Penelope searches for the truth about her father, she rattles the skeletons in her family's closet and shakes up the complacency of her community, which has tried to sweep the past under the rug. With both perception and compassion, the author creates a colorful cast of characters while challenging the wisdom of imprisoning the mentally ill. On the cusp of adulthood, Penelope begins to understand that she has grown-up in a web of silence. The denial in her family and small Minnesota hometown is so thick that she does not know how to cut through it, that is, until she begins a seemingly innocuous pen-pal correspondence with someone in another town. Little by little, Penelope unravels the secrets meant to protect her from the truth. She proves herself to be stronger and wiser than anyone could have predicted and leads the way to healing. Through the lives and interactions of the major characters, this story explores the sprawling psychological geography of America's criminal justice system and its profound effect on everyone it touches, even its most ardent proponents. While dealing with a serious, challenging subject, this book is also filled with warmth and likeable characters. The odyssey of Penelope concludes on a faith-affirming note with a parade of surprising revelations.

John Stuart Mill

Victorian Firebrand

Author: Richard Reeves

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 127

A young activist and highly-educated Cambridge Union debater, Mill would become in time the highest-ranked English thinker of the nineteenth century, the author of the landmark essay On Liberty and one of the most passionate reformers and advocates of his revolutionary, opinionated age. As a journalist he fired off a weekly article on Irish land reform as the people of that nation starved, as an MP he introduced the first vote on women's suffrage, fought to preserve free-speech and opposed slavery, and, in his private life, pursued for two decades a love affair with another man's wife. To understand Mill and his contribution, Richard Reeves explores his life and work in tandem. His book is a riveting and authoritative biography of a man raised to promote happiness, whose life was spent in the pursuit of truth and liberty for all.

Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English

Author: Eugene Benson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1946

View: 559

Post-Colonial Literatures in English, together with English Literature and American Literature, form one of the three major groupings of literature in English, and, as such, are widely studied around the world. Their significance derives from the richness and variety of experience which they reflect. In three volumes, this Encyclopedia documents the history and development of this body of work and includes original research relating to the literatures of some 50 countries and territories. In more than 1,600 entries written by more than 600 internationally recognized scholars, it explores the effect of the colonial and post-colonial experience on literatures in English worldwide.

The Pen and the Quarter-Deck

A Study of the Life and Works of Captain Frederick Chamier, R.N

Author: P. J. Van Der Voort

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 175

View: 607

The L.M. Montgomery Reader

Volume Two: A Critical Heritage

Author: Benjamin Lefebvre

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 451

View: 330

"This second volume narrates the development of L.M. Montgomery{u2019}s (1874{u2013}1942) critical reputation in the seventy years since her death. It traces milestones and turning points such as adaptations for stage and screen, posthumous publications, and the development of Montgomery Studies as a scholarly field"--From publisher description.