"...very much recommended reading." - Midwest Book Review
Stories of loss, regret and renewal, of ordinary people thrown into unexpected and sometimes dangerous circumstances. Follow them as they work to forge a future out of their broken pasts.
In a Hollow Land
When Limerick Specter’s uncle Luster reappears, years after his father's suicide and his mother’s unexplained disappearance, he has little idea the turn his life is about to take. Having lost his job, his home and his girlfriend, Lim is enlisted by his uncle to help a young Romanian woman search for her kidnapped sister, the victim of forced prostitution. Exploring the intersection of magic and science, reason and intuition, the miraculous and the everyday, the novel follows their search amid Lim’s struggle to forge a new life.
South by Degrees
Theo Persons has lost his way. Unemployed and separated, he impulsively takes custody of his niece, Katie, and soon finds himself on a search for his long-missing brother. Part mystery, part odyssey, the story follows Theo and Katie as they search the back roads of south Texas using clues left in a set of cryptic journals. Interrupted by a devastating hurricane, a budding romantic interest and a violent confrontation, the story comes to a surprising end in a south Texas colonia.
When San Turner's two aunts, his only family, die within a week of each other he's unable to accept their passing as mere coincidence. Recently fired from his job and guilt-ridden over the loss of his wife, he enlists his lifelong friend in a search for the truth behind their deaths. When a ten-year-old deaf girl who has befriended him is kidnapped from his home, he soon finds himself on another sort of quest. San follows a convoluted trail that eventually leads him to the girl and an unknown part of his family history, forcing him to face his past, his prejudices and an uncertain future.
Water Flow Down
Mazie Goforth’s lost love appears unexpectedly, soon followed by her prodigal family, and she is forced to face who she has become and what might have been. Narrated by the frank and feisty Mazie, Water Flow Down follows her struggle to make sense of her past and an ever-changing present. Complicated by an orphaned teenager who asks for Mazie’s help in finding the truth about her mother's death, the story follows Mazie’s trek across Texas with her nephew and the girl in a search for answers while encountering a slew of odd characters and stark locales. Ricocheting between past and present, the novel culminates in a confrontation on a remote ranch, leading Mazie to realize what truly matters.
The Consequent Touch of McHenry Feathers
When Noll Spencer leaves college to support his ailing mother, he has no idea of the world he is about to enter or the events soon to unfold. Set along coastal Texas and peopled with odd but memorable characters, the story follows Noll as he struggles to find his way and come to terms with his father's death. Accompanied by ineffable and enigmatic Hen Feathers and beautiful Maya Cruz, Noll searches for a way beyond the prejudice of his past and the challenge of an uncertain future.