Open Books authorAlan Ramon Clinton talks about his love life (and reads from his letters to women on the web site match.com)
Return to Mameluke Bath
A twenty-minute documentary by Eleanor Bowen-Jones about Andrew Asibong's novel Mameluke Bath. Like the book, the film explores in alternately comic, serious and horrific modes, the themes of stigma, trauma and zombification in contemporary and futuristic provincial England.
An Open Books Event
Book Launch Celebration in Toronto, Canada forAs a Thief in the Nightby Chuck Crabbe.
Open Books author Miha Mazzini
Author of 28 books published in 9 languages
Winner of the Pushcart & Golden Palm for best film of 2012 and Best Director at Highgate Film Festival, London
discusses the writing of his novel, Paloma Negra
This video chronicles author Donald O'Donovan's colorful history as well as the characters that populate his fiction.
O'Donovan talks about his lifelong writing career, his love of great literature, his devotion to Southern California and his current indulgence, chicken farming.
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Titles for Spring 2017
William A. Glasser
The Bones of a Season
by Paul Breen
Fergus Sharkey has come from Ireland to London and settled in the historic surroundings of Greenwich, fabled home and birthplace of time. There the Irish immigrant falls in love with a northern English rose named Katy Prunty and soon begins to follow the fortunes of the local football team, Charlton Athletic.
First published at age 13, Kerry Arquette went on to write articles for dozens of national magazines and her work was featured in Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul. She is the author of two picture books including What Did You Do Today? (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich), which won the Colorado Book Award, and was later selected for inclusion in the compilation, Sweet Dreams: Five Minute Bedtime Stories. Her picture book, Daddy Promises was released by Concordia Publishing.
Arquette was also Executive Editor of Memory Makers Books, an imprint of F+W Publishing
Open Books Welcomes New Authors
by Kerry Arquette
(Poetry / Social Conscience)
In 1941, Hitler ratcheted up his persecution of Europe’s Jewish population by ordering “The final solution of the Jewish question.” That “solution” was the mass murder of millions of Jews.
The war lasted six long years. The
Open Books Authors in their own words...
Surely the answer to that intriguing question would be different for each author. But for Open Books author Fergus MacRoich the answer is that he writes to save his life!
by Norman Abrahamson
As a retired Professor of Literature, George Hodge knows that if life were art, his story would be over. He has outlived his wife, his children and finally his money. With little more than his wits, his thumb, and a resignation to serendipity, Hodge sets out on a journey of discovery. Along the way he acquires two
The Rise of the Mutant Ego
by John Faupel
We still seem to believe in the ‘the ascent of man’ and that we are superior to all other species, so surely we must be in charge of our destinies. But is it any more valid, believing a man is superior to a butterfly because he is cleverer, than believing a butterfly is superior to a man because it is more beautiful? It
Stories, Poems, Articles, Excerpts, Videos, Interviews, Fine Arts Expo
John Faupel began his career as a mathematician in 1962. Then, after a spell of teaching, did research in the social sciences and from 1970 became head of Manpower Planning for the UK Printing and publishing Industry.
In 1975, John headed a nationwide study for the Venezuelan government on Absenteeism and Labor Turnover, and in 1978, he returned to the
"We all want to leave our mark upon the world," says author Kevin King. "I’ve always hoped that mine would be more than the composite of all the smudges of lines I’ve erased or crossed out. So far that has resulted in a new novel, Phantom, and my previous novel, All the Stars Came Out That Night, along with a couple score of poems in various journals that have managed not to make their way into a book. And, of course, my picture on the Post Office wall.
"These days I try to work as little as possible, if writing isn’t work, hoping that if idleness leads to sin it might be more interesting than punching a time clock. When I do work, it tends to be teach-
latter I would be ill-advised to keep practicing; if you lose a step with each decade, pretty soon I’d need a calculator.
"I enjoy learning all the things I didn’t learn at my mother’s knee, or my father’s, like maintaining a 300-year-old house, using a hammer for some purpose other than banging my thumb. Or pi at more than four digits. Or why Dylan got the Nobel prize and I didn’t."
by Kevin King
A story of hopeless love—a serial philanderer and gambler married to a woman much younger—and impossible love—his wife, Casey Googan, and a black boxer. Turn of the century Boston comes alive with crew races, balloon races, boxing, rat-baiting, and fashion competi-
The story of Satan's many struggles, across the history of Human existence, to unshackle the Human mind, and open the gates to forbidden knowledge.
The Autobiography of Satan (Authorized Edition)
by William A. Glasser
From the moment of his first emer-
Childhood is a world between fantasy and reality, where dreams can come true--and so can nightmares.
by E.J. Bouinatchova
Liza Jane Crowley has an idyllic life growing up in an old Maine farmhouse, where the world seems full of amazing things. Her
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Ten Near-term Stories Envisioning the Human Impact of the Climate Crisis
Tales from The Warming
by Lorin R. Robinson
(Fiction / Short Stories)
Tales of The Warming is unique in the annals of climate fiction, a new literary genre spawned in the last decade by the climate crisis. The
Things were about to get as sticky as a pot of cheese fondue!
Ice Whine and Irish Cheddar
by Judy Volhart
Is Chloé dating a murderer? Who's stalking Nicole this time? Is the disturbed stranger from the woods friend or foe? And why in the world is 50+ year old Nora prancing about
Richard Fellinger is an award-winning short story writer and former
journalist who teaches writing at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.
His story collection, They Hover Over Us, won the 2011 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award. He also won the 2008 Flash Fiction Contest at Red Cedar Review and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His short stories have appeared in numerous journals such as Epiphany, Potomac Review, Westview and PANK.
Richard is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and has an MFA in Creative Writing
April 18, 2017
Open Books author
David M. Hamlin
will be the luncheon speaker at PEN,
the women’s journalism/writers organization.
David M. Hamlin was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. A former VISTA volunteer and a cum laude graduate of Nasson College in Maine, he has enjoyed two careers, first as an executive with the American Civil Liberties Union and then as a partner in a successful Los Angles public relations and marketing agency.
Mr. Hamlin is the author of a first-hand account of one of the most controversial free speech cases of the twentieth century, The Nazi/Skokie Conflict (Beacon Press, 1980). In 2009, he wrote Los Angeles’s Original Farmers Market (Arcadia Press, photos curated by Brett Arena). He has also written countless opinion page commentaries, freelance news and professional journal articles.
He currently lives and writes in Palm Springs, California.
A 20-minute documentary by Eleanor Bowen-Jones about Andrew Asibong’s debut novel Mameluke Bath. Like the book, the film explores in alternately comic, serious and horrific modes, the themes of stigma, trauma and zombification in contemporary and futuristic provincial England.
specializing in scrapbooking and paper crafts. With business partner, Andrea Zocchi, she founded Cantata Books Inc., a publishing company responsible for dozens of popular art and crafting titles. Arquette is, herself, a prolific multi-media artist.
Kerry also holds a Masters degree in criminology and has worked with crime victims as part of the Denver Colorado Police Department. She is married to Denver attorney, Mark Senn, and has three children, Erin, Brittan, and Ryan. She is the daughter of well-known author, Lois Duncan.
UK and started his own business under the trade name ‘Antique Atlas’, dealing in cartographic material and publishing books on the subject.
Upon retirement in 2005, John joined a local branch of the U3A and ran a Philosophy Group, which involved fortnightly meetings to discuss some of the subjects outlined in his book, The Rise of the Mutant Ego.
After 8 years, he handed over leadership of the group to work on his book.
John has also always been interested in the history of art, but only since 2000 has he been able to take up painting more seriously. He is an active member and frequent speaker at the Truro Art Society.
Exploration and travel have also been an interest for John, particularly in South America, which included living alone for nearly a year in the Amazon Rain forest, photographing insects (his collection is now in the Biblioteca Nacional de Venezuela). John has also researched the locations of the settlements and villages of the sixteenth century Timucuan Indians, who at one time occupied the woodland forests of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in the tens of thousands, before Spanish and English colonialism wiped them from the face of the Earth.
Norman Abrahamson grew up in the Boston area in the 1960s and 70s. He quickly learned that a straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but also the most boring. After graduating from law school in 1982, he worked as an attorney in private practice for 20 years before switching careers.
In 2008, Norman became a history teacher in a public high school. He enjoys the give-and-take environment of the classroom and working with students from all walks of life.
Over the years, writing has been a constant in Norm’s life. In 2010, he became involved in the
National Writing Project, helping other teachers with their personal writing as well as using innovative methods to teach writing skills to students across all grades, subjects and skill levels.
Norman married his college sweetheart in 1986, and they had two boys, both now grown. In addition to working as an attorney and teacher, he worked the counter for several years at the venerable Elsie’s Lunch of Harvard Square, and briefly, during law school, worked as the world’s smallest bouncer. He enjoys martial arts and still teaches Judo as well as acoustic guitar.
William Glasser received his PhD in English through the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa, his MA in Creative Writing at the University of Florida, and his BA at Harpur College, part of the SUNY system. Dr. Glasser taught for many years at Williams College, Skidmore College, and Trinity College in Hartford. He was also awarded a Senior Fulbright Lectureship and taught American literature to Austrian students for a year at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Currently, he is President Emeritus of Southern Vermont College.
In addition to two books of literary criticism, he has published critical articles, short stories, and poetry in a
variety of scholarly and popular journals in the United States, Austria, and South Korea. His last academic book, The Art of Literary Thieving, can be found in the libraries of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and fifty other U.S. universities, including many other institutions in Canada, in European countries, and in the Far East (thank you Google).
Milana Marsenich lives in Northwest Montana near Flathead Lake at the base of the beautiful Mission Mountains. She has spent many hours hiking the wilderness trails with friends and dogs.
For the past 20 years Milana has worked as a mental health therapist in a variety of settings. As a natural listener and a therapist, she has witnessed amazing generosity and courage in others. She first witnessed this in her hometown of Butte, Montana, a mining town with a rich history and the setting for her novel, Copper Sky.
Milana has an M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. She has previously published in Montana Quarterly, Big Sky
Journal, The Polishing Stone, and Feminist Studies. She has a short story included in The Montana Quarterly book: Montana, Warts and All, The Best From Our First Decade.
ing ESL, the ugly stepsister of linguistics who gets paid accordingly. But I still enjoy those spontaneous moments in a classroom when a new avenue of learning springs up. And I enjoy the mental effort that goes into making those moments happen. Still, the most rewarding part of teaching is creating materials." So far, Kevin has written four ESL textbooks: Trial by Jury, The Big Picture, Taking Sides, and The Writing Template Book.
"Out of a childhood love of baseball, especially its old timers, came my first novel. I’ve tried my hand at sculling and boxing, which led to Phantom. The former sport I no longer have access to, no longer working at Harvard, and the
Lorin Robinson’s career has been split primarily between university teaching/administration and business.
He chaired the Journalism Department at the University of Wisconsin—River Falls for 10 years after founding and managing the school’s public radio station. He then joined 3M Company as a marketing communications manager. After 24 years at 3M, he returned to teaching—in the Graduate College of Business, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis.
Robinson has BS and MS Degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University and a PhD in Communication from the University of Minnesota.
Over the years he has also worked as a journalist, photojournalist, magazine writer and radio announcer. He is a contributing writer to Shutterbug Magazine, a national publication geared to professional and dedicated amateur photographers.
He and his wife, Linda, split their time between Lake Elmo, MN; Taos, NM and Baja California Sur, Mexico.
from Wilkes University, where he won the 2009 Beverly Hiscox Scholarship for Excellence in Writing. He lives with his wife and son in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, where he has retired from coaching Little League baseball.
Andrew Pessin is a Professor of Philosophy at Connecticut College, with degrees from Yale and Columbia—though he is perhaps most popular with his students for his appearances years ago as “The Genius” on the Late Show with David Letterman. Author of many academic articles and books, as well as four philosophy books, one textbook, and one audio course aimed at a general audience, his book, Uncommon Sense: The Strangest Ideas from the Smartest Philosophers, was named an “Outstanding Academic Title of 2013” by Choice. He has spent two decades teaching undergraduates at liberal arts colleges in addition to having spoken about philosophy to many non-philosophical audiences, so he has plenty of experience making philosophy entertaining, accessible, yet provocative and most of all fun. His previous novel,
The Second Daughter, written under the pen name J. Jeffrey—read the novel to find out why the pen name!—was a Semi-Finalist in Literary Fiction at The Kindle Book Review Book awards, and he greatly enjoyed meeting (either in person or over Skype) with the many book clubs that read it. In his spare time he composes and performs amusing philosophy songs.
A brilliant artificial intelligence (AI) scientist, Dr. Alan Boyd, develops a new program that integrates part of his brain with a computer’s operating system. The program, Alan 2, can anticipate his needs and automatically perform many tasks. A large software company desperately
Drugs, death and rock and roll on Chicago's AM radio dial...
Winter in Chicago
by David M. Hamlin
Before dawn in January, 1975, Emily detours from her normal route to work in the newsroom of Chicago’s top pop rock station to investigate a crime scene. The police believe the
From First Kiss to Forever:
A Scientific Approach to Love
by Marisa T. Cohen, Ph.D. (Nonfiction)
From First Kiss to Forever: A Scientific Approach to Love is a fun and humorous, yet scientific, book about relationships. This book introduces the reader to relationship science. The chapters examine how people meet, select their mates, and fall in and out of love.
The sad life and tragic murder of René Descartes,
the world’s most famous philosopher
by Andrew Pessin
(Historical murder mystery )
Who would want to murder the world’s most famous philosopher?
Turns out: nearly everyone.
Made To Break Your Heart
by Richard Fellinger
Made To Break Your Heart is a family saga, set in a gossipy suburb, that explores the complexities of raising a child, holding a marriage together, and maintaining sanity in the cutthroat world of Little League
It’s 2008, and Nick Marhoffer is a
by Milana Marsenich
Set in the Copper Camp of Butte, Montana in 1917, a time when mining accidents were common, Copper Sky tells the story of two women with opposite lives. Kaly Shane, mired in prostitution, struggles to find a safe home for her unborn child. Marika Lailich, a Slavic immigrant, dodges a pre-ar-
toll on human lives was astronomical - more than 60 million people died.
Too often, when confronted with devastation of this magnitude, we tend to view the dead as a statistic - a solid block of entangled nonentities. This approach allows us to maintain a comfortable feeling of emotional detachment so we feel less horrified, frightened and threatened. But to truly understand WWII, we must step into the painting and view the events through the eyes of those who participated. The individual brush strokes that make up the macabre picture are dipped in the blood of men, women and children no different from us.
In the end, the sound of war isn’t heard in the rattle of machine gun fire or the bellowing of bombs. It is in the voices of those who lived and died and the stories they have to share.
wants the program and tempts Dr. Boyd with money, but when Dr. Boyd refuses their offer, they sabotages his job, leaving him in a difficult financial situation.
Dr. Boyd turns to Alan 2 for an answer to his financial problems, and Alan 2 develops plan Alpha, which is a cyber robin hood scheme to rob from rich corporations via a credit card scam.
Alan and his girlfriend travel to Mexico where they live the good life funded by plan Alpha, but the FBI cybercrime division has discovered Alan 2’s cyber escapades, and agents trace the crime through the TOR network and Bitcoin.
Will they escape detection? They will if Alan 2's Plan Beta can be implemented in time. Or is 'Plan B' something sinister that will affect the entire population of the world?
body on the street is a suicide. Emily is stunned to discover that the dead woman is a dear friend since high school. Unable to fathom why Beni Steinart would take her own life, Emily begins an investigation that leads to a trunk-load of cocaine, Federal narcotics charges, abuse of power and a perplexing mystery – suicide or murder?
Emily’s reporting triggers an explosive battle between two men who tower over their city. Cary Chase is Chicago’s most prominent bachelor, a wealthy entrepreneur whose mansion is the epicenter of Chicago’s elite society. United States Attorney Tommy “Tommy Terrific” Jameson is ambitiously determined to rid his city of corruption on his way up to the Governor’s office and perhaps even higher.
Drawing on an eclectic roster of news sources and WEL colleagues and her own considerable talent and determination, Emily uncovers the full story of her friend’s death in a remarkable confrontation which produces front page headlines and restores one life as it ruins another.
Readers need not be scientists to understand the information presented. Each chapter relates present-day research to everyday experiences and real relationship issues confronted by couples. Each ends with take home tips/questions to help the reader apply the lessons in his/her own life.
Do you want to understand the science behind finding a mate, maintaining relationships, or even what makes some relationships fail? Help your relationships grow and flourish, and have a few hearty laughs along the way.
To affirm the love of his team, Fergus decides to get a tattoo of the club badge, but this causes friction between Fergus and Katy and sets in motion the gradual decaying of their romance during the course of the football season. When Katy leaves for the coast, Fergus becomes embroiled in a relationship with the tattoo artist Dyana, whose young friend, a grime musician, has recently been gunned down in the street in broad daylight.
Set against the backdrop of Charlton Athletic's football fortunes, and a crime network that lurks on the horizon, Fergus begins to uncover the answers to the musician’s murder as well as the layers of his decaying romance.
traveling companions, a single mother and her precocious daughter who have reasons of their own for hitting the road. For three damaged individuals between the ages of ten and seventy-eight, the line between the American Dream and the American Nightmare is a delicate thread not easily seen until it breaks, and the difference between a tragic end and a new beginning is sometimes seen only in hindsight.
has been suggested that our unashamed vanity has been dealt three serious blows. The first was cosmological, dealt by Copernicus in 1543, who showed that we were not at the center of the universe; the second was biological, dealt by Darwin in 1859, who showed that we were just one small branch of the evolutionary tree of life; and the third was psychological, dealt by Freud in 1900, who showed that the unconscious mind had a far greater influence on us than we had ever thought possible. To these might be added yet a fourth blow to our vanity. It is a blow that is gradually being exposed by the inquiry into what makes us feel and think and act the way we do and how much our heredity and our environmental experiences influence our behavior. Perhaps we’re not quite as in charge of our destinies as we thought we were. Most of us think we learn from our experiences but perhaps we can do so only retrospectively and that this process is less about learning than conditioning.
tions judged by Isabella Stuart Gardner. Boston’s sculling champion, blue-blood Foxhall Codman, is obsessed with the possibility that the phantom sculler who rowed through him in fog on the Charles River was a woman. Thirty-thousand spectators—Brahmins and geeks, catch-penny operators and thimble riggers—turn out for the epic race on the Charles, a battle of the sexes prefiguring Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King seven decades later.
gence as a single spark in the dimness of prehistory, to the more enlightening force into which he evolves across the full span of human existence, Satan, as he now clearly illustrates, has been urging human beings to open their eyes to the world around them, and to continue seeking, with unfettered minds, for ultimate answers, yet to be found. To do so he must struggle against the persistent attempts to stifle that urge by the "spoon feeders," as he calls them, individuals who have insisted, within every age, and often with a bloody fist, that they, and they alone, are the possessors of the only beliefs that every human being should accept and live by, without question. As Satan traces the history of their many attempts to stop human beings from thinking for themselves, he also takes his readers on a search for the ultimate source of all evil in this world. Readers will obviously enter the book with the standard concept of Satan as a supernatural figure of evil, however they will leave the book with a better understanding of how such mind-twisting concepts have been used to keep people away from the "forbidden" knowledge that lies beyond the borders of entrenched beliefs.
anthology of 10 short stories takes readers all over the world and over time to experience—in human terms—the growing impact of what the author has dubbed “The Warming,” the man-made catastrophe that is increasing temperature, raising ocean levels and causing increasingly violent weather.
These stories are thought exercises that blend fact and fiction to examine the human impact of the crisis. Each concerns a different challenge thrust upon us by the warming and readers witness people’s struggles to deal with these new realities. Some of the stories put people in harm’s way; others focus more on human creativity in mitigating the effects of the warming.
Most of the warnings about the climate crisis have come in the form of non-fiction. But these efforts have not rallied the public around the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare to mitigate the coming effects of what will be a civilization-changing phenomenon. Recent polls indicate that, while 70 percent of Americans now believe global warming is real, 57 percent do not expect it to threaten their way of life.
Science sometimes can be its own worst enemy. Couching its warnings in scientific jargon, statistics, charts and graphs can render readers comatose. Because writing about implications, “what ifs”, is outside the realm of objective science, people are left struggling to understand why they should care. They can’t relate what they’re reading and hearing to their own realities.
Fiction that’s based on worst-case warming scenarios proposed by climate scientists, however, can bridge the gap. Perhaps novelist, poet and playwright Doris Lessing said it best: “There’s no doubt that fiction makes a better job of the truth.”
In 1649, Descartes was invited by the Queen of Sweden to become her Court Philosopher. Though he was the world’s leading philosopher, his life had by this point fallen apart. He was 53, penniless, living in exile in Amsterdam, alone. With much trepidation but not much choice, he arrived in Stockholm in mid-October.
Shortly thereafter he was dead.
Pneumonia, they said. But who could believe that? There were just too many persons of interest who wanted to see Descartes dead, and for too many reasons. That so many of these persons were in Stockholm—thanks to the Gala the Queen was throwing to celebrate the end of the terrible Thirty Years' War—made the official story all the less plausible.
Death by poisoning was the unofficial word on the cobblestone.
Enter Adrien Baillet. A likeable misfit with a mysterious backstory, he arrives just as the French Ambassador desperately needs an impartial Frenchman to prove that Descartes died of natural causes—lest the “murder” in Lutheran Sweden of France’s great Catholic philosopher trigger colicky French boy-King Louis XIV to reignite that awful War. Baillet hesitatingly agrees to investigate Descartes’s death, knowing that if—or when—he screws up, he could be personally responsible for the War’s Thirty-First Year.
But solving the mystery of Descartes’s death (Baillet soon learns) requires first solving the mystery of Descartes’s life, with all its dangerous secrets ... None of it is easy, as nearly everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted. Nor does it help that he must do it all under the menacing gaze of Carolus Zolindius, the terrifying Swedish Chancellor with the strangely intimidating limp.
But Baillet somehow perseveres, surprising everyone as he figures it all out—all the way to the explosive end.
stressed-out dad who finds himself flirting with thoughts of infidelity. While his job is being threatened by a crumbling economy, he’s fraught with anxiety over his only son’s well-being. So when his son starts playing baseball, Nick becomes a rabid Little League dad who loses sight of what’s good in his life. After developing a crush on a gorgeous team mom, he can’t decide between her and his wife, then finds himself at risk of losing everything that’s important to him.
A smart, sexy, and funny novel about bad breaks, bad decisions, and the long road of life.
imagination knows no bounds: her best friend is an invisible fairy and she dances with a skeleton in the barn. The strange and wondrous are commonplace.
As she grows older, she begins to lose her grip on reality. If her fantasy world feels more real than her everyday life, then who’s to say it isn’t? And if it is real… There are terrible things in the world of dreams, and once you notice them, they notice you. No one understands that Liza’s coming-of-age isn’t a time of hopscotch and dollhouses; it’s a struggle to keep possession of her soul.
World Between is a haunting journey through a dreamland, with all its wonders and terrors. Definitely not a tale for children, this story will remind readers of their innermost fears and raise the question: Do children really have vivid imaginations, or can they see things to which adults are blind?
Thirty year-old Amalia Kis' recently opened wine and cheese bistro is flourishing despite a rocky start; until she finds the dead body of the nephew of her evil nemesis, Mr. Leonardo.
Things get smellier than Blue Cheese when she learns that everyone loathed and feared him. The suspect list steadily grows.
Amalia's Hungarian parents move just minutes away and despite her best efforts, soon learn of the murder. To her surprise, her father eventually gets involved. Meanwhile, things steam up with new boyfriend Matt, who continues to discourage her involvement in the case. Nora, on the other hand, is right in the thick of things- and gets steamy with Mr. Leonardo!
In her accidental detective style, Amalia blunders through, trying to solve the murder.
Will she be sharp, like an aged Irish Cheddar, or crumble like an aged Asiago?
The thing about the truth is; it doesn’t get out much...
The Miracle Adjuster
by Simon Campbell
Colin Jekyll is an ‘Events Manager’. And a liar. Colin’s real name is Frank Canon, and his real job title is ‘Reality Enforcer’. And the lies don’t stop there; they only get bigger.
Canon works for the Agency, protecting the status quo. A multilingual lone wolf with an unreliable history and a fear of flying, Canon covers up continuity errors; those inexplicable events most other people call ‘miracles’. He adjusts outbreaks of clairvoyance and drunken weather, weeping statues and spontaneous dancing plagues before they become common knowledge, and before people begin to panic, because people’s faith in consensus reality needs to be enforced.
Fortunately for Frank and the Agency, most people are naturally suspicious of the truth.
ranged marriage to become a doctor. As their paths cross, and they become unlikely friends, neither woman knows the family secret that ties them together.
Orphaned, alone, and running from love, Kaly asks her old matron, Coral Anderson, to raise the baby for her. The past intrudes and Kaly is haunted by memories of her sister’s murder under Coral Anderson's care. She wants to know who killed her sister and why their own mother didn’t raise them. When all working girls get run out of town, Kaly lags behind and faces disaster.
Marika wants to study medicine and repeatedly defies her father’s “old world” plans for her. Through sheer determination and constant pestering, she convinces the local doctor to hire her. When her father dies unexpectedly she is plagued by guilt and Marika tries, too late, to please her father.
A cable catches fire in the Speculator mine shaft, where over 500 men are on shift. In the broken heart of the town Marika tends to the injured and faces her husband. Kaly, called in to identify the unknown dead, faces her mother and the only safety she can guarantee for her unborn child.
Portraying the feminine soul of the west, both women find their way to love - disturbed, loyal and fierce love - love that is ultimately a reconciling force in a community laced with tragedy.