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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • The Orphan

    by Shrikumar Nair
    Sid’s idyllic life in an affluent California suburb is shattered by a phone call that informs him of the death of his adoptive parents in a drunken driving accident in Mumbai. Sid travels to Mumbai to dispose of the mortal remains of his parents. Sudhir Kumar, the manager of Anand Ashram—the orphanage where his parents were volunteering—helps Sid in his mission. Sid meets Ice Iyer an ambitious crime reporter who becomes his close confidant and friend. A grief-stricken Sid is confronted by cr... more
  • A Perfect Murder: and Other Stories

    by Shrikumar Nair
    A divorcee estranged from her father resorts to extreme measures; A newly-wed woman is brutally raped by her father-in-law and seeks justice; A charming young man plans to seduce a beautiful, blonde tourist; An orthodox Muslim man struggles to adjust to life in the United States. These are some of the stories in this book of captivating short stories.
  • Killing Time

    by Roberta Parry

    Boston debutante Regina Irene Patterson Kendall (Reggie) is experiencing either a late-adolescent or early mid-life crisis.  She is finding her privileged Brahmin life superficial and empty. She hankers back to the year she spent as a teenager in the Northern Arizona town of Harden, where her anthropologist father had taken his family on sabbatical to study Hopi ritual and dance. There she encountered a way of life that put in sharp contrast and question all she had previously been... more

  • The hope of Tibet

    by Jose Vicente Alfaro
    Tibet in the 13th century. The so-called “Land of Snow,” beacon of eastern Buddhism, is under the authority of the Mongol Empire, whose domains extend throughout most of the known world. In this context, the death of the leader of the main Buddhist school urges his followers to begin the search for his reincarnation: a boy who as yet knows nothing of the wisdom within him and the role destiny has in store for his people’s future. Meanwhile, a humble peasant family, threatened by the assa... more
  • Graffiti Hack

    by Elen Ghulam
    Nelly Nasah arrives to Washington, D.C. with a critical mission--to make the internet beautiful. In her native country, letters are hand written in anthropomorphic shapes because straight lines are considered ugly and heart monitor machines are decorated with colorful mosaics so as not offend the artistic sensibilities of patients. Growing up in a culture obsessed with decorating everything qualifies her for the quest....or so she believes. Nelly secures a job as a graphical designer in Georgeto... more
  • Never Enough Flamingos

    by Janelle Diller
    It’s the Depression and it’s rural Kansas. For good measure, nature decides to throw in a Dust Bowl. It’s not the life Cat Peters would have chosen, but the young Mennonite girl doesn’t have much say in it. Driven to the edge of bankruptcy by the relentless winds of the Dust Bowl, Cat's family is desperate. Fortunately, wealthy Simon Yoder generously saves them with a loan. Everyone gets something more out of the arrangement than what they bargain for. Cat's father gains a start back from the... more
  • Call to Arms

    by Stewart Binnie
    Would you risk your life for King and Country? For the Bennett family, the introduction of military conscription in January, 1916 is the moment of truth. Robert declines to enlist in defiance of the Military Service Act, determined to abide by the pacifist principles of his family. Michael. his younger brother, though under age, defies his parents and enlists in the infantry. Alice joins the No-Conscription Fellowship, an organisation dedicated to supporting those who have defied the War Off... more
  • The Perfectly Purple Sneakers

    by Kathy Goosev Howell
    Juliette LOVES purple, especially her NEW perfectly purple sneakers. She eagerly wears her sneakers to school. As the day goes by, her sneakers become not so new and not so purple. They get dirty, painted, torn, and even jellied. It's not easy to look on the bright side of unexpected and unhappy events. But Juliette's upbeat attitude, along with the encouragement of the people around her, give her the confidence she needs to see that those not so new and not so purple sneakers are, in every othe... more
  • Capture the Moon

    by Jaye Alison Moscariello
    Written in gender free, race free language and images, Capture the Moon is a simple tale about a monkey named Chase, finding its way in the world. Through discoveries, ups and downs, Chase finds its way out of confusion through learning to listen within.
  • Tyrabbisaurus Rex

    by A.J. Culey
    Tyrabbisaurus Rex doesn't appreciate being locked in a cage. Sure it has three levels and is full of scrumptious veggies, but that doesn't mean he's willing to accept his fate as a classroom pet. Ginger's not happy about the always escaping, poopy rabbit. First, he chewed the dress her mom gave her. Now he keeps staring at her favorite hat. The demon bunny has got to go!
  • Youth in The City: Various Small Fictions

    by Chris Jalufka
    'Youth in The City: Various Small Fictions' by Chris Jalufka is a collection of short stories that keep a loose connection - a series of narrators wander the City in part imagined future, part internal monologue. The book is a voyeuristic look inside these lives - lost, in search of connection, of meaning. A collection following lonely drifters, doing their best to make the City their home.
  • Let Me Tell You a Story

    by Suzanne Conboy-Hill
    Featuring an international group of authors, the stories and poems explore personal discovery, relationships, social observation and commentary, loss and recovery through a range of genres, including contemporary realism, speculative and science fiction, and magical realism. Phillippa Yaa de Villiers is a South African poet, writer, and performer whose accolades include performing her specially commissioned Commonwealth Day poem before Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in 2014. Ngyuyen... more
  • Alycat and the Thursday Dessert Day!

    by Alysson Foti Bourque
    When Alycat's daydreaming causes her to miss out on Dessert Day at school, she will need to rely on her imagination to satisfy her sweet tooth! With the help of her best friend Spotty, she discovers that trying new things can lead to fun adventures and tasty inventions!
  • The Intersect

    by Brad Graber
    Set against Arizona’s political and cultural vortex at the start of 2010, THE INTERSECT explores the issues of the day by weaving together the lives of disparate characters striving to survive in a world where the strongest link, and most lasting connection, is made among strangers. When Dave and Charlie relocate from the Bay Area to Phoenix, tensions ratchet up in their relationship as Charlie insists on buying a house on the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore as Dave contemplates leaving his j... more
  • It's Just So

    by Peter Trimarco
    It’s Lizzy’s first day in a brand new school! At first things feel “just so” scary and “just so” hard, but in the end, they’re “just so”.... not what she thought they would be! From waking up early and boarding the bus for the very first time to meeting new friends and painting outside the lines, it’s a day of discovery and perspective for a little girl named Lizzy. "Perfect for children in transitional stages, Lizzy’s story of adapting to a new school is charming and hopeful. Vibrant illustrat... more
  • A Secret Hope

    by Renee Yancy
    In the spring of 432 AD, Ciara of Tir Maic in ancient Ireland is destined to follow the calling of a druidess. But she’s hidden a secret most of her young life that means death if it’s discovered. She doubts the very gods she is to serve and nurses a secret hope that there is more to the universe than she knows. When a foreign man named Patrick travels across the sea to Ireland, bringing word of a new God, will she have the courage to risk her life to seek Him?