Loughborough Junction, summer 2013. A shopkeeper has gone missing and rumour is rife. What happened to him? Who has the motive and who the means to do him in? Has he been done in? And where will everyone get their fags, booze and lottery tickets without him? Local artist Beth Lamb sets out to investigate. But when you play detective in your own neighbourhood, things are bound to get complicated...Exquisite Corpse: Or, How Not to Kill Your Neighbours is Southbank Centre's first ever novel, written on Twitter by members of the public as part of the 2013 Festival of Neighbourhood. Curated by ten leading novelists - Stella Duffy, Alex Preston, Kamila Shamsie, Stuart Evers, Naomi Alderman, Vanessa Gebbie, Marcel Theroux, G Willow Wilson, Matt Haig and Joe Dunthorne - this unique publication brings together ideas of collaboration, participation and community... and is a thrilling read too!
Everybody Has Everything
By Katrina Onstad
After years of unsuccessful attempts at conceiving a child, Ana and James become parents overnight, when a terrible accident makes them guardians to 2 ½ year-old Finn. Suddenly, two people who were struggling to come to terms with childlessness are thrust into the opposite situation - responsible for a small toddler whose mother's survival is in question. Finn's crash-landing in their tidy, urban lives throws into high relief some troubling truths about their deepest selves, both separately and as a couple. Several chaotic, poignant, and life-changing weeks as a most unusual family give rise to an often unasked question: Can everyone be a parent?
Edge Of Sight
By Roxanne St. Claire
Samantha McDowell is working her way through law school as a waitress, her life finally on track to become a public defender. While at the restaurant, she witnesses the murder of media star Joshua Sterling. As a witness, her life is in danger so she turns to her college friend Vivi Angelino. Unfortunately, help comes in the form of Vivi's brother, Zach, a man Samantha is alternately terrified of and magnetically attracted to. The only reason Zach agrees to offer 24/7 protection of Samantha McDowell is to help the new business he and Vivi are building. Even if she can't pay much, a security gig for a criminal witness would look good for the Guardian Angelinos and help get them other clients. Wasn't that the only reason? Or was it the chance to be around a seriously hot woman whose company he had enjoyed for a brief time before he left for Iraq? The only problem is that keeping Samantha safe gets increasingly difficult. Almost as difficult as keeping his hands off her.
Evenings At The Argentine Club
By Julia Amante
When Victor Torres and his wife Jaqueline left Buenos Aires for southern California, they imagined a life of ease. But what they found instead was a world of frustration. Victor owns a restaurant but his hard work has yet to yield the kind of success he craves. Jaqui has lived her whole life for her daughters, only to feel isolated and unappreciated now that they are grown. And Victoria, their eldest, is torn between trying to be the perfect Argentine daughter and an independent American woman.Antonio and Lucia Orteli had similar dreams when they came to America and now they have similar problems. Especially with their only son Eric, who left the family and their close-knit Argentine community years ago in pursuit of his own dreams.When Eric unexpectedly shows up one evening at the Argentine Club - the heart of their community--a series of events begins that will bring these two families closer than ever. New relationships are formed; old relationships are tested. In the end everyone will learn that it's possible to live the life you want without hurting the ones you love.
The Englishman's Boy
By Guy Vanderhaeghe
1873. Under a full moon, two Assiniboine Indians rustle twenty horses from a group of sleeping white men, wolf hunters taking in their pelts to trade. This sets the scene for two parallel narratives. One is the haunting story of a young drifter known as 'the Englishman's boy' who joins the wolf hunters en route north to Canada on the trail of the horse thieves. Vanderhaeghe's rendering of the stark, dramatic beauty of the landscape becomes a perfect backdrop for vivid scenes of action, adventure and violence. The other story is set in 1920s Hollywood, where Harry Vincent, a struggling young hack writer in a movie studio, is plucked from obscurity by the enigmatic studio head, Damon Ira Chance. Vincent is enlisted to find the elusive old-time Western actor, Shorty McAdoo. Chance believes McAdoo will be able to provide him with the authentic material he needs to fulfil his ambition to make the big film about the American West. But Chance has a darker ambition and the story Vincent painfully extracts brings the two narratives together in a brutal climax.
By Frank Deford
Gavin Grey is everyone's All-American. A star running back at the University of North Carolina in the late 1950s, he graces the covers of Time and LIFE magazines and appears on the "Ed Sullivan Show." Everyone wants a piece of him or to be around him to bask in his glory, including his nephew Donny, who narrates the story and is Gavin's only real confidant.After college, Gavin goes on to the NFL where he has a solid career. As his playing days wind down and the cheering stops, however, he finds the adjustment to life as an ex-athlete difficult to accept. His wife "Babs" goes off to work, becomes the primary breadwinner for the family while Gavin continues to trade on his memories of old times, when he was everybody's All-American.