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Eichborn | Westerwald-Chronik


Marie besucht das Grab ihrer Großmutter. Doch dort liegt mehr begraben als die streitbare Apollonia: Liebe, Hass, Armut, Krieg und der wilde Westerwald. Je mehr Marie in die Welt ihrer Großmutter eintaucht, umso deutlicher kehrt auch die Erinnerung an ihre eigene Jugend zurück. Mit unbändiger Fabulierlust, kraftvoll und atmosphärisch dicht erzählt Annegret Held die Geschichte ihrer Großmutter, die zugleich auch die Geschichte eines ganzen Dorfs im vergangenen Jahrhundert ist.

 
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The Sign on My Father's House

Flanker Press


"Felix, you are a dreamer. I used to be, too, but there’s no payoff in it.”

Felix Ryan, from Curlew, Conception Bay, has been in love with the enigmatic Ellen Monteau ever since the day he met her in school at Smallwood High. Friends and family try to warn him that she is nothing but trouble, but she is Helen of Troy and he longs to be her King Menelaus . . . or Prince Paris. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing at home, as Felix’s father erects an enormous sign on his house condemning Premier Joey Smallwood—much to the chagrin of his family and their Liberal neighbours in the early days after Confederation.

This is the uproariously funny and at times heartbreaking tale of a young man's rough ride into adulthood. Felix Ryan is on a journey to discover who he is and where he is headed. He moves from rural Newfoundland to the hectic life of Memorial University in the late 1960s. It is a world of music, girls, and new experiences. Felix's world is changing as the Joey Smallwood era comes to an end. But Ellen Monteau never strays far from his mind. Ultimately, he must choose between continuing his education on the mainland of Canada, or putting down roots at home in Newfoundland.

The Sign on My Father’s House marks Tom Moore’s triumphant and long-anticipated return to literary fiction. It is a story about finding your voice and putting up your own sign about who you are and what you believe.

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Tom Moore was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1950. His first novel, Good-bye Momma, became a Canadian bestseller. It was chosen as a “Children’s Choice” by the Children’s Book Centre in Toronto and was translated into Danish by Munksgaard Publishers of Copenhagen in 1982. It was later translated into Romanian by Cite Libra Publishers. The CBC produced a radio play version broadcast nationally. The Canadian Book of Lists called it one of the ten best children’s books in Canada.

In 1994, Angels Crying became Moore’s second national bestseller. It is the true story of his student, a sexual assault victim. It has become a case study for a number of university schools of social work, including Memorial University, Dalhousie University, College of the North Atlantic, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. It was translated into Chinese by New Sprouts Publishers of Taipei in 2002.

In 2000, The Plains of Madness, a work of historical fiction, won the inaugural Percy Janes Award for best novel manuscript in Newfoundland. His short story The Sign on My Father’s House was published as a winning entry in Canadian Storyteller, Toronto, in the summer of 2004.

Other books include The Black Heart, a collection of poetry, and Wilfred Grenfell, a children’s biography, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

His poems have been used as operatic song settings nationally and internationally: poems Ancestors, Songs, and Caplin Scull were broadcast on CBC radio by Lyn Channing of the Music Department, University of Calgary; and his poem Songs was presented by Peter Mannion and the Galway University Choir in Ireland. Ancestors was read at the welcoming ceremony for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Newfoundland and Labrador.

 
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A is a work of fiction in which André Alexis presents the compelling narrative of Alexander Baddeley, a Toronto book reviewer obsessed with the work of the elusive and mythical poet Avery Andrews. Baddeley is in awe of Andrews's ability as a poet—more than anything he wants to understand the inspiration behind his work—so much so that, following in the footsteps of countless pilgrims throughout literary history, Baddeley tracks Andrews down thinking that meeting his literary hero will provide some answers. Their meeting results in a meditation and a revelation about the creative act itself that generates more and more questions about what it means to be "inspired"

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Praise for André Alexis:

"A propulsive read, effortless and a little addictive...it is genuinely fascinating, a work whose rich complexities belie its brevity." —The Winnipeg Review

"André Alexis is a genuine talent." —Richard Bachmann, A Different Drummer Books

"Alexis [has an] astute understanding of the madly shimmering, beautifully weaving patterns created by what we have agreed to call memory." —Ottawa Citizen

"Although Canada boasts many promising young writers, the most promising of all may be André Alexis." —The London Free Press

"Alexis already knows what it takes many grey wise men a lifetime to realize: that neither memory nor history is a straight line." —Edmonton Journal

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André Alexis is the author of two novels (Childhood and Asylum), two books of short stories (Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa and Beauty and Sadness), a children's book (Ingrid and the Wolf) and a number of plays (Lambton Kent, Name in Vain, Fidelity). He was a contributing book reviewer for the Globe and Mail, and has worked extensively in radio, having been the host/writer of CBC Radio One's Radio Nomad, and CBC Radio 2's Skylarking.

 
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Flanker Press


North Harbour, Newfoundland, 1894 Orphaned at a young age, Erith Lock has a cruel upbringing at the hands of a harsh stepmother. At the tender age of sixteen, a ruthless act leaves her shattered and struggling for survival. When all she has is her word, she makes a solemn vow to three small children. But circumstances drastically change, and the promise could take years to fulfill. She fears it might be better broken. When her past must be confronted, Erith finds herself facing unbearable choices that might cost her everything. Enduring self-doubt pushes Erith to her breaking point. Will she allow hope and kindness to guide her, or will it be safer to remain captive in the grip of her unfortunate past?

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First and foremost, Ida Linehan Young is a grandmother to the most extraordinary little boys, Parker and Samuel, a mother to three adult children, Sharon, Stacey, and Shawna, and a wife to Thomas. By day she works in the information technology sector in the federal government and has recently forayed into learning the French language in the hopes of becoming bilingual. She started writing several years ago and published her memoir, No Turning Back: Surviving the Linehan Family Tragedy, in 2014, followed by a novel, Being Mary Ro, in 2018. Influenced by her love of local history and the familial art of storytelling passed down by her father and her maternal grandfather, she escapes to writing any chance she can get. She enjoys writing historical fiction to keep the past alive for generations to come.

 
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London 1939: die junge Poppy wird von ihren Eltern an die Küste Englands geschickt, um den Kriegswirren in London zu entgehen.

Poppy wird von der wohlhabenden Familie Carroll aufgenommen und fühlt sich in eine andere Welt versetzt: lebte ihre Familie in London in einfachsten Verhältnissen, so ist ihr neues Zuhause mit allen Annehmlichkeiten ausgestattet.

Doch dann schlägt das Schicksal unbarmherzig zu und Poppy muß ihr neues Heim wieder verlassen und in das zerbombte London zurückkehren.

Zerrissen zwischen der Sehnsucht nach Dorset und der Freude wieder bei ihrer Familie zu sein, wird Poppy erneut vom Schicksal geprüft ...

 
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Giving Up

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At times funny, at other times sad, and more than often a mixture of the two, Giving Up by Mike Steeves is a deeply felt account of what goes on in the inner sanctum of the modern couple's apartment.

In grappling with the line between what happened and what might have happened, Steeves gives voice to the anguish of a generation of people who grew up with great expectations, and are now settling into their own personal failures and compromises: James is obsessed with completing his life's work. Mary is worried about their problems starting a family, and is scared that their future might not turn out as she'd planned. In the span of a few hours on an ordinary night in a non-descript city, two relatively small events will have enormous consequences on James' and Mary's lives, both together and apart.

With an unrelenting prose style and pitch-black humour, Giving Up addresses difficult topics--James's ruinous ambition, and Mary's quiet anguish--in a funny and relatable way.

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Priase for Giving Up:

"Mike Steeves is a brilliant, singular voice in Can Lit: funny and fresh and fast! Giving Up burns and glows with the intensity of a blue flame and all the pathos and obsessiveness and truth and absurdity of modern coupledom." —Miriam Towes, author of All My Puny Sorrows

"Few first novels in recent memory are as consistently charming, smart, entertaining and incisive as Giving Up. Somehow Mike Steeves has written a page-turner about stray cats and trips to the bank, and a story that treads through the banalities of everyday life with such precision to cast each detail, every gesture and object and silence, with great meaning. —Pasha Malla

"Mike Steeves' Giving Up is in places like a Facebook-era version of Paula Fox's 1970s New York classic Desperate Characters: a lucid micro-portrait of an apartment-bound couple facing childlessness, marital landlock and a malevolent feline presence. But its pulse is faster, warmer, more irregular—a chamber piece for two voices sharing disappointingly overhyped takeout. It is a woozily funny yet deeply decent view of adult love that finds the whole rigamarole preposterous but, in that, somehow the more worthwhile. It broke the shit out of my heart. Read it with someone you adore who you fear half the time can't stand the sight of you." —Carl Wilson, author of Let's Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste

"This is a novel of unrelenting relatability, truth, contravention, hope, loss, and usefulness. Within these 208 pages, the reader may be forced to accept the dark side of her/himself, and the society from which s/he was contrived. I can see myself returning to this book once a year, every year, for the rest of my life." —James Bonner for Nomadic Press

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Mike Steeves was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and lives in Montreal, Quebec. His first novel, Giving Up, was published by Book*hug in 2015 and was a finalist for the Concordia University First Book Award. His work has appeared in The Globe & Mail, Matrix Magazine, The Shore and others.

 
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Bastei Lübbe


Das Haus Pilaster, eine der angesehensten Bankiersfamilien Londons, wird insgeheim von der schönen Augusta beherrscht. Hinter einer Fassade der Wohlanständigkeit treibt sie rücksichtslos ihre ehrgeizigen Pläne voran, die schon bald das Fundament des Finanzimperiums erschüttern und die Pfeiler der Macht ins Wanken bringen.

Wird es Hugh Pilaster gelingen, den drohenden Ruin des Bankhauses abzuwenden und damit sein eigenes Lebensglück und das vieler anderer Menschen zu retten?

 
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Der Schlüssel zu Rebecca

Bastei Lübbe


Sommer 1942. Rommels Armee rückt auf Kairo vor. Die Strategie des Wüstenfuchses scheint unschlagbar. Seine Geheimwaffe: der Meisterspion Wolff in Kairo. Wolffs Auftrag: Die Pläne der Engländer auszukundschaften und sie Rommel verschlüsselt zu übermitteln. Als Schlüssel dient ihm Daphne du Mauriers weltberühmter Roman "Rebecca".

Doch die andere Seite ist nicht untätig. Während die deutschen Truppen unaufhaltsam vorstoßen, beginnt in den nächtlichen Straßen Kairos eine tödliche Verfolgungsjagd.

Erst in der gnadenlosen Glut der Sahara entscheiden sich das Schicksal der beiden Gegenspieler und Sieg und Untergang der Armeen, für die sie kämpfen.

 
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Shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General's Award for Poetry

Shortlisted for the 2014 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Poetry.

Moving from the Enlightenment science of natural history to the contemporary science of global warming, Light Light is a provocative engagement with the technologies and languages that shape discourses of knowing. It bridges the histories of botany, empire, and mind to take up the claim of "objectivity" as the dissolution of a discrete self and thus explores the mind's movement toward and with the world. The poems in Light Light range from the epigrammatic to the experimental, from the narrative to the lyric, consistently exploring the way language captures the undulation of a mind's working, how that rhythm becomes the embodiment of thought, and how that embodiment forms a politics engaged with the environment and its increasing alterations.

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Priase for Light Light

The 19th-century Romantic poets, who are cited in Light Light, rhapsodized about nature as separate from humankind; in this era of climate change, Joosten reminds us there is no separation.Light Light puts the hive back in the archive, the source in the resource.

- The Toronto Star

To get to the heart of Light Light is to ask whether these poems work, do they entertain, do they excite, do they teach, do they illuminate? Yes, yes, yes and yes again.

- Michael Dennis

Light Light is not light, but light-filled. Philosophical, lyrical, inventive, and erudite, precise and startlingly perceptive, it invites the reader to attend to wonder.

Gerald Lampert Memorial Award Jury Citation

Through Joosten's miraculous mode of attending, through this mind that "grounds sound to seed," we are elemented - "The mind is a mood of electricity, warmth, water, and wind." We are given a mode of attending that is precarious, is an enactment of the precariousness we are and, with consequence, institute. Each thing this attention falls upon "is a source of thought, not its object." So everything is light once we learn to see by it. To honor the field we should "leave the field," but this book we should never leave.

- Jane Gregory

A concordance that emerges as material, thought, and material thought, Julie Joosten's Light Light is a most beautiful and rare breed: as if H.D.'s Sea Garden mated with Erasmus Darwin's The Loves of the Plants. "I was to guard the valley, name it, speak to it by name," Joosten writes. Hers is a haunting lament. It is what love is. What could be more necessary at this time on this planet?

- Cara Benson

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Julie Joosten lives in Toronto. Her poems and reviews can be read in Jacket 2, Tarpaulin Sky, the Malahat Review, and The Fiddlehead. Light Light is her first book.

 
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Winner of the 2018 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

Maine, 1980. A utopian community is on the verge of collapse. The charismatic leader’s authority teeters as his followers come to realize they've been exploited for too long. To make matters worse, the eleven-year-old son of one adherent learns that his mother has cancer.

Taking refuge in his imagination, the boy begins to speak of another time and place. His parents believe he is remembering his own life before birth. This memory, a story within the story of Blood Fable, is an epic tale about the search for a lost city refracted through the lens of the adventures the boy loves to read. But strangely, as the world around them falls apart, he and his parents find that his story seems to foretell the events unfolding in their present lives.

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Priase for Blood Fable:

"A family drama, a fantastical voyage, and a poetic reflection on love, death and betrayal, this extraordinary coming-of-age novel exposes the difficult relationship between free-thought and blind faith, evasion and enlightenment. Oisín Curran's Blood Fable is an adventure for the heart and soul." —Johanna Skibsrud, Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author of The Sentimentalists and Quartet for the End of Time

"This careful and loving rendering of a child's mind proves that acts of storytelling were once not so much vehicles for escape but instead crucial rehearsals for being. A remembrance of lost time—or maybe, to reference its Buddhist undergirding, an alaya-vijnana, a storehouse consciousness—Curran's vision of boyhood is perfect in details and sublimely moving. Blood Fable is a magnificent double take, which—like a bistable optical illusion (duck or rabbit?) —allows two universes to coexist. A rapturous adventure tale where the very essence of adventure is subverted so that fantasy and reality conflate; this is done not for temporary trickery but to deepen our comprehension of the real." —Eugene Lim, author of Dear Cyborgs

"The dark magic in Blood Fable is just a story (within a story), but that somehow makes it more, and more truly, magical. It is a story about how stories are made, how they help and refuse to reflect our lives, as resonating versions of the world refracted through the prism of imagination. On almost every page something threw me gloriously off balance and I couldn’t stop asking myself: how does Oisin Currin manage to write so consistently, compellingly, hauntingly well? I will reread this book." —Jacob Wren, author of Rich and Poor and Polyamorous Love Song"Blood Fable is, for me, a perfect book; it is the novel I always wish I were reading. In its twin stories&mdasj;one of an eleven-year-old boy and his flawed, beloved parents and the other a wild tale of love, peril, and adventure across underground tunnels and seas—are all the wonder and terror of childhood, refracted by a luminous imagination. Through the wide eyes of a child, Curran plumbs the world of adults with compassion and acuity. Blood Fable is a quest, a question, a story of searching—for understanding, insight, heroes—and of failing, finding in their stead the imaginative mercy of love. This is a joy of a novel, glittering, wondrous, and strange. I remain in its thrall." —Rebecca Silver Slayter, author of In the Land of Birdfishes

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Oisín Curran grew up in rural Maine. He received a BA in Classics and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University (where he was the recipient of a national scholarship and a writing fellowship), and a diploma in Translation (French to English) from Concordia University. He is the author of Mopus (2008), and was named a "Writer to Watch" by CBC: Canada Writes. Curran lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, with his wife and two children.

 
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