A Hollywood executive succumbs to bipolar disorder in this visceral novel told in the intervals between electroshock treatments. Abandoning his family and career, he spends a decade careening from continent to continent.
With the nation on the brink of civil war, detective Allan Pinkerton forms the cornerstone of this suspenseful historical account of the "Baltimore Plot," the 1861 assassination attempt on president-elect Abraham Lincoln.
In an impoverished neighborhood of Glasgow, two sisters quietly bury their junkie parents in the backyard in this literary black comedy. Hoping to avoid foster care, they attempt to avoid the authorities until one sister is of age.
Lawless's couture-clad mother was a narcissistic socialite who tormented her daughters and served up years of abuse masked by a luxurious lifestyle. This memoir recounts the emotional fallout of growing up with a disturbed mother.
They never found Reggie's mom's body. Or the serial killer named Neptune who kidnapped her. Twenty-five years later, Reggie gets the call that her mother has been found alive, but soon after Neptune takes his next victim.
Teen Mackenzie Bishop lives a secret life as a "Keeper" in a library of the dead. Archived on shelves, the dead's "Histories" can be read, but the Keepers must prevent their escape in this paranormal mystery for young adults.
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The boards of the bathhouse are rotten,
deep in leaves the pool's cracked floor.
The town has changed and has forgotten.
Broken steps of iron ore
lead to a jungle of huge vines,
some hanging from a rusting tower
like a schoolgirl's doodled lines.
The air is thick with what's in flower.
The strange stillness recalls her name,
the empty desk in the next row,
how time had stuck in one scratched frame
now fifteen Decembers ago.
They'd found her dead in the deep water,
beaten, bruises on her throat,
a used-car salesman's long-haired daughter.
I still have her last love note.
I wander into the green gloom
beneath the canopy of leaves,
as though back into that classroom.
She had worn jeans and flowing sleeves
and turned to me with dreamy smiles,
our steps echoing in the school
as mine do now on ruined tiles
of an enormous swimming pool
the years have left a ghostly place
of rust, a splintered bathhouse door,
in whose shadows there is no trace
of what I had come looking for.