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It is exactly one week until sixteen-year-old Mercy Swimmer is to play out a dream scenario: to spend an entire week with movie star Fiona Wonder, the prize awarded to the winner of a contest staged by a teen magazine, but when her mother’s asthma flairs up, Mercy’s world turns upside down and she is faced with a decision that will ultimately challenge her own capacity for compassion.
A Week with Fiona Wonder shines an intense light upon the dire consequences of social exclusivity and suggests the alternatives of inclusion, empathy and, indeed, mercy.
Recently divorced and out of a job, Julian Crosby needs a break from reality. That’s why he’s gone to Hawaii…
Meanwhile, sixty years ago, Amelia Earhart is getting ready for her much publicized flight around the world. Is this daring adventure to be her final flight, her swan song? Or is she actually on a reconnaissance mission for President Roosevelt?
And what does her ill-fated flight have to do with Julian and his innocent Hawaiian vacation? Only time will tell as their two worlds unexpectedly and impossibly collide.
Gerry Thorley’s wife Rachel has left him for another man. His son Callum, who works for a PR company by day and deals drugs at night, hardly ever visits him. Gerry, divorced and approaching fifty, wants a second chance at love.
On the other side of the world, on the infamous Payatas dump in Manila, nineteen-year-old Maria and her family live a life of abject poverty and desperation. Picking through the filth, they earn just enough to stay alive. There seems no chance for change, until one day a young man appears with a proposition.
Anyone who has ever lived in a small town certainly knows that secrets are sometimes not so secret.
Susie Duncan Sexton has lived her entire life in the town where she was born and many of the relationships she cultivated while growing up, including her marriage, have endured over the years.
Always one to document the present and offer her sometimes unorthodox ideas and opinions, Susie Duncan Sexton has tickled the keys of her trusty old typewriter for nearly five decades, and now that venerable machine is ready to reveal its secrets.
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