FORTHCOMING TITLES

 

LIKE THIS AFTERNOON FOREVER

LIKE THIS AFTERNOON FOREVER

JAIME MANRIQUE, Forthcoming: June 4, 2019
For the last fifty years, the Colombian drug cartels, various insurgent groups, and the government have fought over the control of the drug traffic, in the process destroying vast stretches of the Amazon, devastating Indian communities, and killing tens of thousands of homesteaders caught in the middle of the conflict. Inspired by these events, Jaime Manrique’s sixth novel, Like This Afternoon Forever, weaves in two narratives: the shocking story of a series of murders known internationally as the “false positives,” and the related story of two gay Catholic priests who become lovers when they meet in the seminary. Lucas (the son of farmers) and Ignacio (a descendant of the Barí indigenous people) enter the seminary out of a desire to help others and to get an education. Their visceral love story undergoes stages of passion, indifference, and rage. Working in a community largely composed of people displaced by the war, Ignacio stumbles upon the horrifying story of the false positives, which will put the lives of the two men in grave danger.
CORNELIUS SKY

CORNELIUS SKY

TIMOTHY BRANDOFF, Forthcoming: August 6, 2019
Cornelius Sky is a doorman in a posh Fifth Avenue apartment building that houses New York City’s elite, including a Former First Lady whose husband was assassinated while in office. It is an elegant, picaresque novel that beautifully captures a city on the edge of ruin, from its richest and most privileged heights, to its poorest and most depraved corners.
THE SCHRÖDINGER GIRL

THE SCHRÖDINGER GIRL

LAUREL BRETT, Forthcoming: 2020
Follow the journey of Garrett Adams, an uptight psychology professor, who meets a mysterious girl in a bookstore who threatens to upend his career and his relationship with the beautiful Caroline. As she reappears in new incarnations, Garrett questions both his sanity and the nature of reality. Set against the backdrop of the sixties, the novel questions the ways in which we distinguish between insight and delusion.
INCONVENIENT DAUGHTER

INCONVENIENT DAUGHTER

LAUREN J. SHARKEY, Forthcoming: 2020
Rowan Kelly was adopted from Korea by Irish Catholic parents at three months old. Raised in the suburbs of Long Island, Rowan has struggled to balance her racial and cultural identity. Unable to reconcile the anger and pain from being abandoned and relinquished by her biological mother, Rowan desperately searches for love, placing herself in dangerous situations in the process.

NEW TITLES

 

THE UNDERDOG PARADE

THE UNDERDOG PARADE

MICHAEL MIHALEY, RELEASED: DECEMBER 4, 2018
Forthcoming from ODDITIES KJB It’s the summer of the drought, but thirteen year-old Peter “Nemo” Grady has bigger problems on his mind than the weather. He hates his new home in the exclusive golf club community Willow Creek Landing. His parents are always fighting and he can’t escape the memory of his last seizure – when he flopped around the gymnasium floor like a fish out of water – earning him his dreaded nickname. To top it all off, Peter has no friends but receives plenty of unsolicited attention from Chipper, the boy scout super-bully who also happens to be a resident of Willow Creek. His only companion is his little sister, CJ, who thinks she is Wonder Woman. Peter is all too aware that you don’t need rain in the forecast to have dark clouds overhead. Things change when he meets his new neighbor, the mysterious Joshua, who predicts the drought will end with a storm of biblical proportions. Peter looks to his visiting wheelchair-bound Uncle Herb and neighbors, Mr. James and Mr. Terry, for guidance as Josh prepares for imminent doom. With each passing day, Peter realizes that sooner or later he will have to rely on the strength of the lamest, most jelly-weak individual he knows – himself.
DEATH OF A RAINMAKER: A DUST BOWL MYSTERY

DEATH OF A RAINMAKER: A DUST BOWL MYSTERY

BY LAURIE LOEWENSTEIN, RELEASED: OCTOBER 2018
When a rainmaker is bludgeoned to death in the pitch blackness of a colossal dust storm, small-town sheriff Temple Jennings shoulders yet another burden in the hard times of the 1930s Dust Bowl. The killing only magnifies Jennings’s ongoing troubles–a formidable opponent in the upcoming election, the repugnant burden of enforcing farm foreclosures, and his wife’s lingering grief over the loss of their young son. As the sheriff and his young deputy investigate the murder, their suspicions focus on a teenager serving with the Civilian Conservation Corps. The deputy, himself a former CCCer, struggles with remaining loyal to the corps while pursuing his own aspirations as a lawman. Meanwhile, the sheriff’s wife Etha is secretly bringing meals to the hobos camped outside of town. It has been fifteen years since her young son accidently drowned back east, and in the malleable adolescent faces of the young men around the campfire she imagines how her own Jack might have looked. As the evening wears on and Etha overstays her welcome, she is rescued by one of the teenagers, Carmine, who comes from the mean streets of Chicago. When Temple arrests Carmine, the CCC suspect, he is housed in the county jail and Etha takes advantage of her position as prison cook to get to know him. While she sits outside his cell and he wolfs down her apple pies, he tells her his story. She quickly becomes convinced of his innocence and sets out to prove it. But Etha’s investigations soon reveal a darker web of secrets, which imperil Temple’s chances of reelection and cause the husband and wife to confront their long-standing differences about the nature of grief.
THE KALEIDOSCOPE SISTERS

THE KALEIDOSCOPE SISTERS

RONNIE K. STEPHENS, Released: August 21, 2018
The first in a young adult series from ODDITIES KJB THE KALEIDOSCOPE SISTERS is the first novel in a young adult series hinging on the indomitable spirit of young women. It centers on fifteen-year-old Quinn and her younger sister, Riley, who is dying from a degenerative heart defect. As the novel opens, Riley is weeks away from her seventh birthday, and her decline is obvious. Years in and out of hospitals has left the family with no support system, but Quinn is determined to save her younger sister. In her quest, Quinn discovers a portal to another realm peppered with characters based in history, all of who appeared mysteriously. Aiding Quinn throughout her journey in the Other Realm is Meelie. Quinn learns that a new heart for Riley can be harvested in the Other Realm, but not without sacrifice. While Meelie helps Quinn come to terms with an impossible decision, Quinn uncovers the truth about Meelie’s disappearance and why she never returned home. The book chronicles Quinn’s journey, focusing on the inevitability of loss and the realization that no matter what Quinn decides, her mother must lose one of her daughters.
FLYING JENNY

FLYING JENNY

THEASA TUOHY, Released: May 1, 2018
People are doing all sorts of screwy things in 1929. It is a time of hope, boundless optimism, and prosperity. “Blue Skies” is the song on everyone’s lips. The tabloids are full of flagpole sitters, flappers, and marathon dancers. Ever since Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic solo, the entire world has gone nuts over flying. But everyone agrees that the stunt pilots take the cake. Jenny Flynn defies the odds and conventions in her pursuit of the sky. She attracts the attention of Laura Bailey, a brash reporter crashing through her own glass ceiling at a New York City newspaper. Laura chases the pilot’s story—and the truth about her own mysterious father—on a barnstorming escapade from Manhattan to the Midwest. FLYING JENNY is a vivid portrait of an earlier time when airplanes drew swarming crowds entranced by the pioneers—male and female—of flight.