Macauley’s Thumb (Iowa Short Fiction Award)

Macauley’s Thumb (Iowa Short Fiction Award)
Voices from the Past – A Quintet of Novels: Sappho’s Journal, Christ’s Journal, Leonardo da Vinci’s Journal, Shakespeare’s Jour
I Chose to Die (Siren Suicides) (Volume 1)
Nowhere Else to Turn
Space Viking
Язык: Английский

Macauley’s Thumb (Iowa Short Fiction Award)

Ten stories deal with disenchanted people who must learn to handle loss, including an arguing couple, two abandoned boys, a chiropractor who fantasizes about a patient, and a cashier who can’t stop talking about her pain.
Lex Williford’s seriously eccentric characters find that traveling down life’s highway leads to the breakdown lane as quickly as it leads to the fast lane. Their quirky philosophy can best be summed up by Bucklin Rudd, who just lost his business and his wife after losing the last bit of his good sense: “Nothing like working half your life for something just to find out you think you’re pretty damn sure you don’t want it.” The ten stories in Macauley’s Thumb-set variously in Texas, Old and New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, and Illinois-explore the complicated lives of disenchanted characters who find ways to express their grief at the losses they face under impossible circumstances, losses so large and so small that no one-not even Smiling Joe’s insurance-can cover them.
A husband and wife, unable to speak to each other without arguing, face the dissolution of their marriage when they smuggle his mother’s body out of Mexico. Two boys, confronting abandonment by their father, go to the Texas State Fair and stumble upon a way to get their mother out of bed. Thomas “Hoot” Ponder and his nephew find common ground in whiskey and storytelling amid the comedy surrounding death and dying. A chiropractor who loves science fiction movies struggles with his sexual fantasies about one of his patients, a Wal-Mart cashier who can’t stop talking about her pain. In the powerful title story, Cal Macauley-driven mad by his wife’s horrible death-faces mourning, regret, and the inevitability of forgetting by striking out against himself and the rattlesnakes on his mountain.
Inarticulate until overwhelmed by trouble, then wise beyond belief, Lex Williford’s characters achieve a dignified fatalism combined with a generous dose of fast-paced humor.

Voices from the Past – A Quintet of Novels: Sappho’s Journal, Christ’s Journal, Leonardo da Vinci’s Journal, Shakespeare’s Jour

In Voices from the Past, a daring group of five independent novels, acclaimed author Paul Alexander Bartlett accomplishes a tour de force of historical fiction, allowing the reader to enter for the first time into the private worlds of five remarkable people: Sappho of Lesbos, the famous Greek poet; Jesus; Leonardo da Vinci; Shakespeare; and Abraham Lincoln. Each novel appears here in its entirety within a single unique volume of 644 pages beautifully illustrated by the author-artist.
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I Chose to Die (Siren Suicides) (Volume 1)

On a rainy September morning that just so happens to be her sixteenth birthday, Ailen Bright, a chicken-legged, straw-haired teenager, decides to commit suicide via drowning in the family bathtub. The ornate marble tub, adhering to her abusive father’s love for anything expensive and Italian, is decorated by five sirens – who seemingly help her escape the house when her father breaks down the bathroom door. After an almost-successful suicide attempt number two, which lands her at the bottom of a lake, she learns that sirens are, in fact, real, and they want to turn her into one of them. An amazing, yet dark look into the mind and heart of a suicidal teenager, this urban fantasy follows Ailen’s struggle to figure out the meaning of life, the unraveling of her confusing feelings for her theatrically goofy best friend Hunter, and her desperate battle for her father’s love.

Nowhere Else to Turn

There are things that happen in the world that are difficult and sometimes impossible to explain. At times, we are confronted with circumstances or situations over which we have no control. How we deal with those situations reveals much about our strongest beliefs, our dreams, and our fears. This collection of short stories explores specific instances of involvement with or belief in the supernatural in one North African country. The tales, all claiming to be true, were collected over several years while the author was living in Morocco.

Space Viking

When his wife is murdered on his wedding day, Lucas Trask launches himself on a quest for revenge. Using his personal fortune, he buys a spaceship and becomes a Space Viking, raiding worlds while hunting for his wife’s killer. But raiding is not his destiny, and he gradually becomes a trader, starting to build a galactic empire. Before he can achieve his new goals, however, he must still deal with his wife’s killer. A thrilling intergalactic saga!

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