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Hannah Payne is twenty-six years old and Red, with a capital R, her badge of shame. Her skin has been â€śmelachromedâ€ť by the State for her crime of abortion, and for not naming the abortionist and not identifying the father, the celebrated pastor and TV (â€śvidâ€ť) evangelist, Aidan Dale, who is now the nationâ€™s â€śSecretary of Faith.â€ť Her sentence is thirty days confinement, and then sixteen years in the community as a Red, where she will be constantly ostracized and persecuted.
It was more than one hundred years ago that H. G. Wells penned the science fiction classic, The Invisible Man, which subsequently paved new paths in the horror genre. The idea of a mad scientist who makes himself invisible and becomes mentally deranged as a result, is one that has taken root in popular culture ever since.
In his genre-bending new novel, Chuck Klosterman borrows the essential elements from Wellsâ€™ classic with some modifications. For one thing, he fixes the science. There has been some discussion that a truly invisible man would have been blind whereas Wellsâ€™ lead character, Griffin, clearly was not. So Klostermanâ€™s protagonist, referred to simply as Y_, is not invisible â€” he is the visible man. But Y_ , much like Griffin, has an ability to make himself invisible to others.
Fans of author Joe Lansdaleâ€™s Hap and Leonard series will not be disappointed in the latest novel, DEVIL RED. For those unfamiliar with the series (and itâ€™s not necessary to read them in sequence in order to understand whatâ€™s going on), Hap and Leonard are two East Texas, tough working-class men who make a dubious living through various odds jobs. Hap, the narrator of the tales is white, and his sidekick Leonard is gay and black. Their friendship is firmly deep-rooted, and yet they often approach problems from different angles. Basically these are “buddy” books set against the backdrop of dark crime which is alleviated by outrageous humor. If Hap and Leonard ever tried their hand at show biz, theyâ€™d make great stand-up comics.
In this terse and bold book of eight interconnected stories featuring Fort Hood army wives, breakout author Siobhan Fallon invites readers to peek through the hazy base-house curtains into largely uncharted territory. She offers an intimate glimpse of the spouses and children left behind to cope when the men in the fictional infantry battalion of 1-7 Cav are deployed to Iraq.
Keith Schroeder is a thirty-five year old Lutheran minister in Topeka, Kansas. One day, Dana, Keith’s wife, greets a stranger who walks into the church. The man identifies himself as Travis Boyette, age forty-four, a former prison inmate who is currently in a halfway house and is about to be released. Keith agrees to speak to Travis; the meeting will change their lives.
Family bonds, particularly between fathers and sons, and mothers and sons, are explored with great sorrow and depth in this elegiac and epic tale of the Skala family, hard-working Czech farmers in Lavaca County. In the fertile flat lands of South Texas, in the fictional town of Dalton, 1895, Karel Skala is the fourth son born to Vaclav and Klara, and the one that results in Klara’s death. Vaclav’s pain shuts him down, and he forsakes holding his son.