Today I will be listing some new releases from the Thames River Press–an imprint I featured earlier this week. Don’t forget, you can recommend books for the Fiction Feature by contacting me at bschillace.
NEW FROM THAMES RIVER PRESS
Michael Tolkein’s WISH.
Farmers in their alpine valley are haunted by Fængler, a cunning old enchanter who ruins their lives by using an ancient wishing chain of powerful stones to spoil crops and steal children, cows and goats. Young Berwald and his sister Clara set out without their parents knowing, to climb into the next valley, seize the chain, free their neighbourhood of fear, and wish for whatever they want. But they soon learn that the wild world beyond their home is full of strange forces – some good, some dark and twisted – and almost every wish they make adds new complications and disagreements. Who can rescue them from this fearful and dangerous adventure? Before Adam, their angry and worried father, can reach them, he must learn to follow seemingly useless leads, and to listen carefully to the tale that lies behind the villain’s bitterness. This timeless fantasy tale is brought to life by Michael Tolkien in a vivid and enchanting verse retelling.
This anthology of thirty-four short stories by twenty-five writers from thirteen countries reflects its title, ‘Pangea’, meaning ‘all lands’ or ‘all earth’. The writers featured include journalists, scientists, a lawyer, a costume designer, a magazine editor, a crofter in the Scottish highlands, a bookseller, and a writer-in-residence at a young offenders’ prison, and their stories are as different and as interesting as their occupations. Their narratives are equally diverse and distinctive; there are quiet voices, brave voices, tender voices, and haunting voices. And yet the perspectives of this collection, its range of tones – be they the raw intensity of a man’s confrontation and failure on a road in Scotland, the dramatic preparations for a big birthday party in Nigeria, or the moment a young man comes face-to-face with his Bollywood idol – have enormous commonality; the conflicts faced and the emotions felt by the characters are recognizable, irrespective of the cultural identities of the authors or the cultural settings of the stories themselves. The writers of these unique short stories are all members of the online writers’ community known as Writewords.
Conrad Jones CRIMINAL REVENGE
When a bomb explodes in a van parked outside a Liverpool mosque, local police suspect it to be a racially motivated attack carried out by local right-wing extremists. However, as Detective Superintendent Alec Ramsay’s investigation deepens, he uncovers a simmering feud between two families that goes back decades. Ramsay finds himself struggling to bring the real killers to justice, as international political concerns mingle with the personal motives of revenge and retribution at the heart of the attacks. The shocking events of the past have bound these two families together with bonds of hatred that will prove hard to break…
William Coles THE WOMAN WHO MADE MEN CRY.
It’s 1998 and Kim is a journalist in New York City. He thinks he’s found the only woman for him: Elise is beautiful, intelligent and, it goes without saying, a sensational lover. The only catch is that she doesn’t want just him – and he’s agreed to it. For months on end, Kim is tormented by the knowledge that his Elise is sleeping with someone else.
Can a man be so smitten with someone that he allows himself to be ruled by her entirely?
A bittersweet love story about how far you can go for the woman you love – and at what cost.
Seiko Tanabe’s THOUSAND STRANDS OF BLACK HAIR.
This book examines and re-imagines the turbulent and intertwined lives of Akiko Yosano (1878–1942) and Tekkan Yosano (1873–1935), two poets who sparked a revolution in the world of Japanese ‘tanka’ (short-verse classical poetry). The author explores their passionate and at times tormented relationship, using documentary sources and their poetry along with her own storytelling abilities in order to evoke the intimate details of their lives, together and apart.