Susan Zurenda, Ann Hite & Robert Gwaltney
We're pleased to welcome Susan Beckham Zurenda, Ann Hite and Robert Gwaltney to FoxTale Book Shoppe on Sunday, December 10 at 2:00PM. All three authors books will be available for purchase at the event.
THE GIRL FROM THE RED ROSE MOTEL interlaces the stories of Hazel Smalls, a high school junior living with her homeless family in a rundown motel; senior Sterling Lovell yearning to break free from the expectations of his wealthy parents; and recently widowed Angela Wilmore, their compassionate English teacher. Sterling finds himself drawn to the gorgeous, studious Hazel, and an unlikely relationship begins. Hazel hides her homelessness from Sterling until he discovers her one morning when he goes with his father to unfreeze the motel's pipes. Angela, who has her own struggles, offers Hazel the support her family can't provide. Gripping and richly drawn, the novel explores the complex bonds between adults and teenagers and the power of the families we both inherit and create, while also shining a light on the challenges faced by America's public school teachers and the struggles of thousands of homeless children in motels who live amid the nation's most affluent communities.
HAINTS ON BLACK MOUNTAIN: Ann Hite takes her readers back to Black Mountain with this haunted short story collection. An array of new characters on the mountain experience ghostly encounters. The collection took inspiration from her beloved readers, who provided writing prompts. Wrinkle in the Air features Black Mountain's Polly Murphy, a young Cherokee woman, who sees her future in the well's water. Readers encounter relatives of Polly Murphy as the stories move through time. The Root Cellar introduces Polly's great grandson, who tends to be a little too frugal with his money until a tornado and Polly's spirit pays the mountain a visit. In The Beginning, the Middle, and the End, readers meet Gifted Lark on an excessively frigid January day. This story moves back and forth between 1942 and 1986 telling Gifted and her grandmother Anna's story. This telling introduces spirits that intervene in the spookiest of ways.
THE CICADA TREE: The summer of 1956, a brood of cicadas descends upon Providence Georgia, a natural event with supernatural repercussions, unhinging the life of Analeise Newell, an eleven-year-old piano prodigy. Amidst this emergence, dark obsessions are stirred, uncanny gifts provoked, and secrets unearthed.
During a visit to Mistletoe, a plantation owned by the wealthy Mayfield family, Analeise encounters Cordelia Mayfield and her daughter Marlissa, both of whom possess an otherworldly beauty. A whisper, a sense of déjà vu, and an act of violence perpetrated during this visit by Mrs. Mayfield all converge to kindle Analeise’s fascination with the Mayfields.
Analeise’s burgeoning obsession with the Mayfield family overshadows her own seemingly, ordinary life, culminating in dangerous games and manipulation, setting off a chain of cataclysmic events with life-altering consequences—all of it unfolding to the maddening whir of a cicada song.
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