A DNA ancestry test and look to the past changes everything for college student Michael Malavolti. When he discovers the Malavoltis were once a wealthy noble family in medieval Italy, he becomes consumed with uncovering their history and sets his sights on a PhD in Renaissance studies. His dissertation involves a genetic component that traces his family's origins in the Republic of Siena. After his thesis research garners the attention of a top anthropological geneticist and professor in Rome, Michael is surprised but thrilled.
However, the night before Michael arrives in Rome to begin his project the geneticist has gone missing, his laboratory trashed, and mysterious Egyptian hieroglyphics in blood are left at the crime scene. For reasons unknown, Michael himself is soon embroiled in a life-or-death struggle with world elites to keep the origin of three major religions secret. His genetic research leads him on a dangerous trip through the history of Siena, the Vatican, Charlemagne, ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 324 Pages (8,178 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Oct 1st, 2020
Dr Freya Seward is nearly bankrupt, nearly old and nearly has an affair. Her husband Jamie is nearly impotent, unemployed and brimming with memories and regrets. Bizarre outsider artist Carraday gathers Nearly Stories in the local library and lives with his aged mum in an imaginary aboriginal Nearlyverse somewhere in post-Crash, pre-referendum England. Freya and Jamie find him and their lives explode.
This compelling and darkly funny novel involves secrets, strange desires and alternative selves. There are dodgy deals and nearlysex, puppetry and passing times, songs, psychedelics and a campervan.
"Chris Ifso is an artistic explorer. It's great to see his work come to such vivid life. The Nearly Project is fascinating, playful, serious, wide-ranging, truly thought-provoking. What Didn't Quite is beautifully written."
- David Almond, author of Skellig, My Name is Mina.
"I like the heft of a book and all the frippery that goes with it, so I was a pretty reluctant consumer for this ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 421 Pages (1,703 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Oct 1st, 2020
Meg is sixty and believes her useful life is over, Sully is thirty and drifts from one lover's bed to the next, and they are both running away when she pulls him out of a freezing river in the dark of night. As they take turns driving south together through hundreds of miles of new territory, their old lives fall away and their hopes for a bright future are born. Where will they end up? Who will they be when they get there? Will they become lifelong friends or simply fellow travelers thrown together a few days by fate?
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 337 Pages (687 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Oct 1st, 2020
A New York advertising CEO stumbles into a fiery affair with a young Russian emigrée despite his happy marriage. As his business sky-rockets, he battles to hold his turbulent life together, weighing passion against long-lasting love.
Tragically, circumstances strip him of both women - his wife and his new love. His life is now dominated by great business success and huge financial rewards. He is on top of the world, albeit alone. Top clients seek him out, not always with good intentions.
Time passes. He encounters the Russian by chance, but can he ever truly love her again after so much time and so many painful events have passed?
Not since Bridges of Madison County has there been such a poignant story.
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 255 Pages (519 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Oct 1st, 2020
Jorge Luis Borges was profoundly interested in the ill-defined and shapeshifting traditions of mysticism. However, previous studies of Borges have not
focused on the writer's close interest in mysticism and mystical texts, especially
in the Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). This book examines
the relationship between Borges' own recorded mystical experiences and his
appraisal of Swedenborg and other mystics. It asks the essential question of
whether Borges was a mystic by analysing his writings, including short stories,
essays, poems and interviews, alongside scholarly writings on mysticism by
figures such as William James. The book locates Borges within the scholarship
of mysticism by evaluating his many assertions and suggestions as to what is
or is not a mystic and, in so doing, analyses the influence of James and Ralph
Waldo Emerson on Borges' reading of Swedenborg and mysticism. The author
argues further that Swedenborg constitutes a far richer presence in ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 274 Pages (1,171 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Oct 1st, 2020
Any One Moment is the third book in the Heart of the Canyon series, continuing the story of Mallie Westin, Clay Tobin, and Lizzie Patterson, neighbors in a small cluster of homes that were built over fifty years ago in a secluded corner of the canyon they call home... a place where the bonds of family and friendship remain strong even against the test of time.
Leila Westin has held off coming back to the canyon where she grew up for as long as she could. If she was honest with herself she knew that time could be measured in years and not just the months since her mother had returned. It was easy enough for her to lay blame on her busy schedule but she knew better. She suspected her mother did as well.
When she finally made the trip she didn't arrive alone. She had a few pet carriers in the car with her and they weren't empty. She had a strong feeling her mother didn't expect her to. Leila knew too that her mother would give her a fair hearing. She wasn't so certain about either of ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 130 Pages (2,380 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Oct 1st, 2020
What would you do if you discovered that your new boss was your lover's husband? What would he do if he found out? What would they do when they found themselves cut off in a warzone?
Luc Delahunty is a proud and unstable man. He will stop at nothing to dispose of his wife's lover. But soon he too falls in love again, and his mistress falls pregnant. By a quirk of fate, his wife uncovers their secret. She plans to confront them when they next meet. Unbeknownst to her, her ex-lover does too. When they finally come together on a remote Caribbean island, scores must be settled and the cocktail is volatile: stirred by clashing emotions and shaken by the impending arrival of hurricane Arthur.
'Flying Babies' is a fast-moving contemporary fable spanning three continents. Battering his way through love and loss, secrets and discovery, betrayal and redemption, Peter Sykes is both unforgiving yet sensitive. In style, 'Flying Babies' is the angry love child of Le Carré and Houellebecq and ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 302 Pages (733 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Oct 1st, 2020
In the spring of 1914 the ominous but barely visible shadow of war is falling on Europe. Inadvertently wandering into Greece's febrile subterranean atmosphere of intrigue and espionage, Alex Cronin finds himself involved in a lethal political plot; and is presented with the chance to deflect the continent from its catastrophic course. Here finally is an opportunity to pursue his long-held ambition to emulate the achievements of his father and brother, and to make his own mark on the world. But he is set on resolving a disconcerting family enigma; and is preoccupied with his fervent love for a mysterious French countess. It soon becomes clear that however he orders these competing concerns the consequences are likely to be fatal.
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 329 Pages (942 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Oct 1st, 2020
Dave McLonaig is rounding the bend to middle-age, stressed and plagued by disturbing half-memories of his childhood. Not oblivious to the pain that he is causing his wife, he abandons his family in Senegal and goes in search of his old school friend, David Glenfie. Unaware of it at the outset, he desperately needs David's permission to break the pact of silence that they have kept for over thirty years: to talk about the horrifying things that happened on That Sunday.
Dave's wife, Jenna, is furious and hurt by her husband's deliberate disappearance. Forced to move in with her in-laws, and dealing with the fact that Dave may never return, Jenna starts to uncover some uncomfortable truths about her husband's parents, and his past.
Holed up in a boarding house in Birkenhead, Dave too is getting closer to discovering what actually went on. But he is also getting closer to his beguiling, young landlady. Incommunicado, he is unaware that his mother is dying and that his father has finally ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 383 Pages (905 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Oct 1st, 2020
Description: This novel explores love, sexuality, and race. Four bombs have gone off in central London. One of those is at Kings Cross. The story opens with the desolate streets of Soho and the knowledge that the two lead characters, Greg and Martina have been speeding towards an uncertain destiny. They have arranged to meet at Kings Cross that very morning. You the reader have no idea what will happen to them, as you are taken through the months leading up to that one point in time. We have two relationships running in parallel; one hetrosexual white couple (adrift) and one homosexual black couple (living on the edge of their community) As the connection between the lead characters becomes increasingly charged, there is the danger that it may ignite and if it does the fall out out may well destroy all of their lives. Love is the one thing that unifies the characters in their journey towards a greater understanding of life, themselves, and each other. This book takes you the reader on ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 136 Pages (362 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Oct 1st, 2020