DEEP RIVER BLUES by Tony Ray Morris
“With the perception of a poet and the knack of a novelist, Tony Ray Morris joins the ranks of some of the finest crime fiction writers. In turn, part James Lee Burke, Tennessee Williams, and William Faulkner, Deep River Blues will pull you under and have you gasping for breath.” — Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, basis for the Netflix drama Longmire
When the body of a young girl washes up on the shores of the French Broad River, Cord McRae, newly elected sheriff of Acre County, Tennessee, suspects her death might be connected to the Glad Earth Farm, a commune just outside the small town of Falston. Guru/leader Levon Gladson and a group of a hundred and twenty-five followers have moved into an old farm that butts up to the Smokies, and Cord suspects they may be growing something more profitable than sorghum cane up in the hills. The mystery’s complicated by Cord’s investigation into a second recent murder, of an Afghan vet; the growing power of a local “hillbilly” mafia operated by the wily Thorn Reevers; and Cord’s own marriage, which is teetering on the edge of divorce over past violence and his on-again, off-again love affair with liquor. With echoes of WINTER’S BONE and the novels of James Lee Burke, DEEP RIVER BLUES will be a worthwhile addition to the regional crime thriller genre. Available in bookstores and online.
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Autobiography of the Lower East Side
by Rashidah Ismaili
“This well established poet makes a brilliant debut in fiction with these complex, poetically detailed, interrelated stories of Blacks from Africa, the Caribbean and the USA who converge and form an artistic community in the early 1960s in the most easterly regions of Alphabet City .” — David Henderson, author of ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky
Inhale the exotic spices from tenement hallways, smell the sweat and garbage in the streets, feel the swelter of summer in the City. Taste the African dishes: rice and pepper sauce, stewed fruits, tagine, okra soup, bread and fish.
Walk the alphabet streets in the daytime, weaving among pushcarts, or at night in the biting winds of winter, footsteps too close at your back. Sway to the cool jazz. Groove to the lilt of African voices reciting poetry, intoning prayers. Follow a junkie riding out a Jones, an anarchist handing out pamphlets, a pacifist leading a draft resister on the Underground route to Canada.
Ismaili is an internationally-renowned poet, and her mastery of language shows! Her richly-evoked setting in this collection of linked short stories presents characters learning to survive in the jazz scene, the theater, and the arts while dealing with interracial relationships, abuse, addiction, and the toll of the Vietnam draft.
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Ebook Edition, $5.99 U.S. Trade Paper Edition, $17.95 U.S.
by Salena Fehnel
“Suspenseful and moving … This author has a talent for telling a story and telling it well.” — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
Seventeen-year-old Valentine barely gets by, spending her time, energy, and money caring for her younger brother, Jonathon. Her mother lives recklessly and selfishly, occasionally sobering just enough to see her children through glassy eyes. After yet another violent episode involving her mother’s boyfriend, Valentine decides to run away, taking Jonathon with her. Searching for a better life, she gets halfway across the country only to receive shocking news from home.
In a flashback to twenty years before, Valentine’s mother Theresa, privileged daughter of a small-town police chief and a strict, repressive mother, finds herself devoid of options when she lands in Los Angeles, 13 years old, pregnant, and without a clue. Life on the street is ten times meaner than she ever imagined, and as she struggles to get through each day, she holds on to the hope of finally getting back to upper-class suburban bliss … if she can only make it out of LA in one piece.
And in yet another flashback, Theresa’s own mother, Caroline, plays the part of doting wife like a pro. But behind the designer skirts and lipstick smiles lies a married life of severe physical and emotional abuse. After having two children, Caroline settles into the idea of living in home with a man who terrifies her … only to have the love of her life show up on her doorstep, asking her to make a choice that will forever change her path and those of the women who will come after her.
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Ebook Edition, $5.99 U.S. Trade Paper Edition, $14.95 U.S.