In The Country of Last Things by Paul Auster

That is how it works in the City. Every time you think you know the answer to a question, you discover that the question makes no sense . . .’ This is the story of Anna Blume and her journey to find her lost brother, William, in the unnamed City. Like the City itself, however,…

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

On a chilly February day two old friends meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly’s lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence, Clive as Britain’s most successful modern composer, Vernon as editor of the quality…

Double Feature by Donald E. Westlake

The movie star and the movie critic – how far would they go to keep their secrets buried? DOUBLE FEATURE contains two classic Donald E. Westlake novellas, A Travesty and Ordo WHAT’S HIDDEN BEHIND THE SILVER SCREEN? In New York City, a movie critic has just murdered his girlfriend – well, one of his girlfriends (not to be…

Power by @csalleyne

Maude Caulkin finds out the hard way that if you’re poor and female in Victorian London, you are powerless. After continued beatings from her stepfather, she tries to escape his fists, working for a pittance, and starvation. But, she soon finds herself facing even worse. Hired by Ned Hicklin, a prolific photographer and publisher of dirty…

Silhouette of a Sparrow by @mbgriffinbooks

In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park–a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which she’s expected to…

I Love You Too Much by @aliciadrake75

In the sixth arrondissement everything is perfect except for the loneliness. This is the Paris of thirteen-year-old Paul. Shy and unloved, he quietly observes the lives of the self-involved grown-ups around him: his glamorous Maman, Séverine, her younger musician lover, Gabriel, and his fitness-obsessed Papa, Philippe. Always overlooked, it’s only a matter of time before…

Not to Disturb by Muriel Spark

Behind the high walls of a mansion in Geneva a night of sinister revelry is about to begin . . . In the staff quarters, the servants led by the cool, unflappable butler are preparing for the downfall of the Baron and Baroness. Meanwhile in the attic, the Baron’s invalid brother awaits his fate as…

The Tryst by @moniqueroffey13

London, midsummer night. Jane and Bill meet the mysterious Lilah in a bar. She entrances the couple with half-true, mixed up tales about her life. At closing time, Jane makes an impulsive decision to invite Lilah back to their home. But Jane has made a catastrophic error of judgement, for Lilah is a skilled and…

Sea Change by @nancykress

Renata Black is entertained by the traffic snarl caused by a rogue self-driving house–until she spots the Org’s Tiffany Teal paint marking the house’s windowsill. In 2022, GMOs were banned after a biopharmed drug caused the Catastrophe: worldwide economic collapse, agricultural standstill, and personal tragedy for a lawyer and her son. Ten years later, Renata,…

Our Father Who Art In The Tree by Judy Pascoe

‘It was simple for me, the saints were in heaven and guardian angels had extendable wings like batman and my dad had died and gone to live in the tree in the back yard.’ When ten-year-old Simone’s father dies, her mother Dawn is left to raise her and her brothers on her own. Grief suffuses…