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“Your mother was queen of all this here.”

In a Tennessee town high in the Appalachians, Kaylee’s adolescence is being stolen by her movie-star beautiful mother. Kaylee must weave her own tales to escape from an abandoned trailer park, where imagination is the only thing about her that is free.

Starlight Black and the Misfortune Society . 


What can a prisoner do for you?”

Sixteen-year-old Crissy Caradonna must find out if an inmate’s wife forgives him for his crime, or he will kill again to return to state prison, the only place where he can live forever without her. Set in 1975 Asbury Park, amidst the magic and music of the boardwalk, Crissy may find out a prisoner knows more about salvation than she.

Alison Ruth: Literary Fiction