This anthology of Australian microliterature explores the theme of scars-how they mark us, how they mark the world around us, and the intriguing stories that they tell. From healing the scarred remains of an abandoned mine, to a kidney making peace in its final moments, to a concussion that sparks a supernova, each little story has a little something for everyone. 'In this dynamic and absorbing collection, the subject of scars is approached from numerous points of view, including bodily scars, psychological scars, historical scars and scars on the landscape. These terse, experimental pieces embrace an impressively wide range of genres from allegory to satire, and traverse a dizzying array of environments, from the domestic to outer space. A most enjoyable read, extremely relevant to contemporary Australia.' HAZEL SMITH, Word Migrants 'You'd expect scars to be the business of the new or after normal of the Anthropocene, and they are, on landscapes, bodies and minds. But scars are also ancient cultural rituals and therapeutic tools. These microfictions put into relief, raise up, and embed scars as the multifarious symbols of and strategies for survival that they are.' MOYA COSTELLO, Harriet Chandler Edited by Cassandra Atherton with a Preface by Gabrielle Fletcher, the anthology includes pieces by commissioned Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers as well as finalists in the 2019 joanne Burns Microlit Award. Featured authors Raelee Lancaster, Paul Collis, Brenda Saunders, Steve Kinnane, Sam Wagan Watson, Benjamin Laird, Judith Crispin, Jessica Wilkinson and Shady Cosgrove. CASSANDRA ATHERTON is an award-winning writer, academic and critic. She was a Harvard Visiting Scholar in English in 2016 and her most recent books of prose poetry are Pika-Don (Mountains Brown Press, 2017), Prosody: Metre (Recent Work Press, 2018) and Pre-Raphaelite (Garron Publishing, 2018).
Some wars don't end, some scars don't heal, and some bonds can't be broken. Former US Army Ranger medic Leo Jenkins picks up where he left off with his bestselling book, Lest We Forget, to explore the tribulations associated with attempting to reintegrate back into society after years at war. In what is being considered one of the most significant introspective books on veteran transition issues ever written, Jenkins lays it all on the line one more time with On Assimilation: A Ranger's Return From War. Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Corey M. Snow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/010971/bk_tant_010971_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the time they were eight years old, Kip Stroud and Shelley Ballard spent their summers together on Block Island, swimming, biking, exploring...and growing up. As teenagers, they argued about books, complained about chores and learned from each other a little about the way boys and girls viewed each other. They were best friends - until a tragedy in Shelley's life tore them apart. Twelve years later, Kip has had to face his own tragedy. When he returns to the island to heal, he discovers that Shelley is now living there, older and wiser but bearing emotional scars. He is scarred, too - something they can share as they rediscover their friendship. But comfort and compassion aren't love. Kip believes he will never love again. Shelley believes she can't love. Yet one night, their beliefs are shattered, and they realize they have a lot more to learn from each other. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Dheere. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009644/bk_acx0_009644_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From "America's librarian" and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads. George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family - his father, an orthodontist, his mother, a stay-at-home mom - while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love. Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed - George is happy; Lizzie remains...unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie's past resurfaces, she'll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together. With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nancy Pearl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008042/bk_sans_008042_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Books and More owner Nina Foster doesn't believe in love anymore. Twice, men have crushed her heart. Now, she's resigned herself to making hot chocolate and baking cookies for the customers who enter her store. She won't risk her heart again. Blake Massie hides away from the world, nursing his scars. He sees himself as a monster that no one could ever love. A self-imposed recluse, he won't allow himself to open up, afraid of being burned like his fire-ravaged skin. Unable to reach out in person, the pair communicates via the Internet and hot, erotic fantasies. Night after night, they explore their growing passion with only a blindfold to protect their secrets. As Christmas approaches, Blake must share his pain if he is to ease hers, but doing so could drive her away forever. Can they take a chance and follow their deepest soul dreams, or will their fragile hearts continue to hide from the world and one another? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carlie McKinsey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051159/bk_acx0_051159_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The year is AD 2804. Humanity has colonized the universe. But the authority of the Confederation of Human Worlds is spread thin. Where the Army of planet Earth cannot reach, mercenaries must keep the peace - and the Dirigent Mercenary Corps are the best of the best. Lon Nolan has distinguished himself at the DMC, and he has the battle scars to prove it. Now, the governor of the isolated mining planet of Bancroft again needs Lon’s help. The Colonial Mining Cartel is terrorizing the planet, and Lon is the only person who can stop it. He’d never thought he’d have to return, and now he’s going back to face a more disciplined adversary than ever before. This time, the responsibility for the Second Battalion falls on him. The Dirigent Mercenary Corps books are classics of military science fiction. Rick Shelley was himself a veteran of the U.S. Army, and his experience and knowledge shine through on every page. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Delgado. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007885/bk_adbl_007885_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Georgie Burgess has known only neglect and abuse during his seven and a half years of life. His alcoholic mother does little to prevent the bruises and scars inflicted on Georgie by her brutal boyfriend. With each blow, the little boy withdraws further into his dreams. When he wins a small rose bush in a lottery, it seems as if one of his dreams has finally come true. But after a particularly savage beating, he is taken from his mother and placed in a home for boys. Surrounded by strangers, and with the rosebush as his only link to the world, both the boy and his treasured plant must learn how to grow and thrive. Irene Hunt has written many books for young people; she has won both a Newbery Honor and a Newbery Medal for her work. Drawing on her professional background in psychology, she creates a heartwarming tale of emerging trust and hope in The Lottery Rose. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Guidall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/002584/bk_reco_002584_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Can broken be beautiful? Ryker McCabe. Former Special Forces. Survived 15 months in an Afghan prison, tortured within an inch of his life. His scars - and his fears - keep him alone. Disconnected from the world. From his team. From any hope of redemption. Until he meets her. Wren Kane. Hacker extraordinaire. Desperately searching for her brother. When police find his body in a drug den, she knows there's more to his death than an overdose. He'd promised he was clean. And then, she finds the message he left her. Wren's prepared to go it alone. Until she runs right into Ryker. He's the biggest, baddest man she's ever seen. And he's willing to risk his life to fulfill her brother's dying wish. But how can she trust him when he won't let her in? When danger comes for Wren, Ryker jumps into action. No one hurts his little bird. Except maybe him. Because if he can't share his heart, he could lose her forever. On His Six is a standalone, slow burn, dark military romance with several potential triggering scenes, including drug use and the brief threat of sexual violence. All of the books in the Away From Keyboard series are standalone romances featuring a different couple, but past couples and characters do occasionally play active roles in future books. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aiden Snow, Grace Grant. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/140313/bk_acx0_140313_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Anita Diamant's international best seller The Red Tent brilliantly re-created the ancient world of womanhood. Now Diamant brings her remarkable storytelling skills to Good Harbor - offering insight to the precarious balance of marriage and career, motherhood and friendship in the world of modern women. The seaside town of Gloucester, Massachusetts is a place where the smell of the ocean lingers in the air and the rocky coast glistens in the Atlantic sunshine. When longtime Gloucester resident Kathleen Levine is diagnosed with breast cancer, her life is thrown into turmoil. Frightened and burdened by secrets, she meets Joyce Tabachnik - a freelance writer with literary aspirations - and a once-in-a-lifetime friendship is born. Joyce has just bought a small house in Gloucester, where she hopes to write as well as vacation with her family. Like Kathleen, Joyce is at a fragile place in her life. A mutual love for books, humor, and the beauty of the natural world brings the two women together. They share their personal histories, and help each other to confront scars left by old emotional wounds. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Linda Emond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000328/bk_sans_000328_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.