Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Painted Table, Suzanne Field.

FieldHer mother, to quiet the voices of insanity in her head, paints and repaints a wooden table, handmade by her grandfather.  A generation later, the daughter removes all the layers of paint, just as intently, intensely, in a similar attempt to manage her life.

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Help for the Haunted by John Searles

SearlesSylvie Mason’s parents help tormented souls until they are murdered one wintry  night.   Sylvie’s narrative leads us through events leading up to that night, all that happens after, and the dark secrets revealed throughout.

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Morning Glory, by Sarah Jio.

JioAfter a traumatic event in her life and spending the following year or so unable to move forward and be anything even approaching happy, Ada decides to relocate too see if that will help.  She moves onto a houseboat in Seattle and becomes part of the (present & past) community there.

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Falling to Earth, by Kate Southwood.

SouthwoodAll three children are home, in various stages of recuperating from chicken pox, when a tornado rips through the Illinois town creating swaths of devastation but leaving their home and livelihood (and family, see : chicken pox) untouched.  At first it’s miraculously amazing but then the townspeople– no other of whom was completely unscathed– turn less than honorable.

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