Category Archives: Novels
A family of sixteenth-century peasant farmers is caught up in the witch trials sweeping across Germany. Continue reading
Two actors commit adultery, a rogue cop torments a criminal, a lawyer and a costume designer feel betrayed, two mothers worry about their daughters. And festering beneath the surface is one man’s craving for revenge. As children Elisa and Janet were neighbors and best friends. Today only one thing connects them: the hatred one father has for the other.
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1. Tim and his Environment. When Tim Holter returns home for lunch at the end of chapter Eleven we learn that the house on Spruce Street that his parents rent from Mr. Elliott is the only home he has ever known. We have no knowledge that he has ever traveled far from this house but as Thoreau famously said about his own journeys-that he had traveled a “good deal in Concord”-we can say as well that Tim has traveled “a … Continue reading
In this coming of age novel thirteen year-old Tim Holter tells you about his day. In his small Midwestern town a bartender has killed himself. A boy’s new bicycle has been trashed and the boy’s big brother intends to find out who did it. Before noon Mrs. Plummer will stand stark naked in Matsen’s Bakery and Tim will meet a pretty classmate under less than ideal circumstances. After lunch Mr. Schwartzentraub will introduce Tim and his friends to a mysterious … Continue reading
Hear the drums, Take the journey. The Henderson Memories is a story of idealism and loss, of passions felt and lessons learned. In 1965 two young American Peace Corps Volunteers arrived at a small town in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Kyle and Jolene Henderson were determined to confront the poverty and social inequality surrounding them, but a few months later the Hendersons suddenly left Brazil. They returned to the States, established careers, raised a family and eventually died, having … Continue reading
In the Big City is the story of a family in crisis. When Jason and Anne Winter move from rural Carbondale, Illinois to Chicago so Anne can begin her career with a large law firm, Jason finds himself cast in a new roll, that of a stay-at-home-dad caring for Kim their two-year old daughter. While Anne grows into her new and exciting life, Jason is isolated, surrounded by strangers in an impersonal and threatening city. These forces pull them in … Continue reading