Why do you smile, woman?

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What do you have to smile for? Whose freedom do you celebrate? Born against the struggles of patriarchy, I see you struggling through the reins in hands of men. Dying a lonely death, unappreciated, who do you live for, when will it end?

My mother does not speak perfect English or teach me physics when I need her to. She tells me God created the universe and one day scientists will believe it too. My mother stands alone in the heated summer of July, next to the burning flame, bringing infinite particles together to feed me.

And when she looks at me with desperation in her eyes to see me become someone she aspired to be, I understand. She does not smile for what is. She smiles for what is yet to be.

 

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The Latecomers by Rich Marcello

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

294 pages
Published January 15th 2020 by Moonshine Cove Publishing


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Maggie and Charlie Latecomer, at the beginning of the last third of their lives, love each other but are conflicted over what it means to age well in a youth-oriented society. Forced into early retirement and with grown children in distant cities, they’ve settled into a curbed routine, leaving Charlie restless and longing for more.
When the Latecomers and their friends discover a mystical book of indecipherable logographs, the corporeal world and preternatural world intertwine. They set off on a restorative journey to uncover the secrets of the book that pits them against a potent corporate foe in a struggle for the hearts and minds of woman and men the world over.
A treatise on aging, health, wisdom, and love couched in an adventure, The Latecomers will make readers question the nature of deep relationships and the fabric of modern society.
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Jeremiah Jericho: Allowance by Azariah Scott

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My Rating: 4/5 stars


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Jeremiah just turned 16 and found out that he inherited something from his dead father: a computer chip embedded in his brain. The chip gives him the ability to hack other people’s minds. The problem starts with an additional voice in his head from the chip, then his family’s hidden issues come to the surface, and, of course, the government wants the chip back under their control. All the things a teenager doesn’t want to be bothered with. Jeremiah has to make a choice to be either the better person his dad was trying to get him to be or just shrug it off and be as he wants to be, unbothered. Continue reading

Requiem, Changing Times by R.J Parker

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450 pages
Published September 26th 2019 by Olympia Publishers


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Clint and Corbin are having a weird day. Best friends for life, things are getting a little strange around their town, and at school. When they’re followed by a strange man looking for Clint and later attacked by an imp, it makes sense to retreat to the safety of home. But when strangers from another world, Banks and O’Neil, arrive with their medley of allies, things get even weirder. Why are they here? What do they want? And what is The Requiem that everyone keeps talking about? As Clint and his friends and family are drawn deeper into a thrilling adventure, only one thing is for sure. They may not be getting out alive. And class with Mrs Christenson will seem like a walk in the park after this.  Continue reading

Treading the Uneven Road by L.M Brown

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Paperback, 206 pages
Published March 15th 2019 by Fomite

My Rating: 4/5 stars


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The stories in this linked collection are set in a small village in the Northwest of Ireland in the early 1980’s and 90’s. A by-pass around the village has rid them of their once busy traffic. The residents feel forgotten by the world. The need to reach out and be heard is explored in every story, from the young woman who starts to have phone conversations with her husband’s gay lover, to the dyslexic man who confronts his cruel teacher years later. Continue reading

Were We Awake by L.M Brown

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My rating: 4/5 stars


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In each story of this collection, events make the characters understand that their world is not as it seemed.
In Hidden, the discovery of an affair between her father and aunt is only the start of finding hidden secrets for Hazel.
What it Means to Be Empty-Handed is narrated by a fourteen–year-old daughter of an alcoholic. Her denial and elaborate imagination starts to disintegrate when she lies to the wrong person.
In Crashing, a middle-aged woman lives a life of servitude until she hits teenage boy with her car.
A thirty-year-old murder takes its toll on the victim’s family in Walking A Country Road.
The stories are set in Boston and Ireland
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