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Descent : a novelBy Johnston, Tim, 1962-

Grant and Angela Courtland attempt to salvage their rocky marriage with a late-summer family vacation in the Rockies before sending their daughter, Caitlin, off to college on an athletic scholarship. The group also includes Caitlin's restless younger brother, Sean. Tragedy strikes early in this thriller: Caitlin goes out for a routine training run one morning with Sean biking along for company; an unconscious Sean ends up in the hospital and Caitlin has mysteriously disappeared. Writing in a keenly observed, almost stuccato style, author Johnston builds tension on every page as he changes perspectives among the characters, taking the reader deep into the psyches and motivations of each family member as they attempt to deal with this unexpected and shocking situation. An absorbing story and a real page-turner!

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Delicious foods : a novelBy Hannaham, James

Hannaham’s book is the engrossing story of a Southern family’s disintegration after the death of husband and father, Nat Hardison. It is narrated by Eddie, the couple’s son, as well as an unusual inanimate character named Scotty, and Eddie’s mother, Darlene, absent both emotionally and physically during much of his childhood, unable to cope with the intense emotional burden, local injustice, and overwhelming grief she experiences when Nat is murdered. Eleven year-old Eddie spends a lot of time with his widowed Aunt Bethella, but at one point he decides to try to find his absent mother. Boldly navigating the seedy underbelly of the streets, Eddie’s path leads him to the horrible prison-like agricultural farming enterprise called Delicious Foods, from which he barely escapes with his life. A bold, harrowing story told with amazing love and respect for its characters.

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