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When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal

When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal

My sister has been dead for nearly fifteen years when I see her on the TV news. I’d been working the ER for six hours straight, triaging young humans from a beach party where a fight broke out. Two gunshot wounds, one that nicked a kidney; a broken cheekbone; a broken wrist; and multiple facial Read more

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The Secrets of Lost Stones by Melissa Payne

The Secrets of Lost Stones by Melissa Payne

A gas station. That’s all she needed, and then Jess Abbot could get out of this backwoods mountain town and return to the highway. If she had known the actual town was fifteen miles from the exit, she would have kept driving. But the sign for Pine Lake had appeared just when she noticed the Read more

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The Rabbit Girls by Anna Ellory

The Rabbit Girls by Anna Ellory

Berlin, 1989. As the wall between East and West falls, Miriam Winter cares for her dying father, Henryk. When he cries out for someone named Frieda – and Miriam discovers an Auschwitz tattoo hidden under his watch strap – Henryk’s secret history begins to unravel. Searching for more clues of her father’s past, Miriam finds Read more

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A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean

A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean

November 29, 2011 The view is wondrous from here, thirty thousand feet above the Atlantic Ocean, somewhere between London and New York. As I lay my head back and gaze out at the majesty of sunshine over fluffy white vapors, I take time to ponder all that I’ve learned over the past week and where Read more

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Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

I shouldn’t have come, and that’s the truth of it. It’s not even five o’clock in the afternoon, and I’m already fantasizing about a swift, painless coma. Something dramatic, involving a nice collapse to the floor, with my eyes rolling back in their sockets and my limbs shaking. It’s my niece’s annual post-Christmas tea, you Read more

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Sea of Memories by Fiona Valpy

‘Welcome to the Drumbeig Nursing Home’. The words on the sign belie the fact that I’m standing in the pelting rain, on the wrong side of the glass door, stooping slightly to bring my ear nearer to the Entryphone in the hope that someone’s heard me press the buzzer and will respond. I huddle in Read more

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The Woman in Our House

The Woman in Our House by Andrew Hart

ANNA I always thought of happiness as something yet to come, a goal or target I might reach, or that might reach me, when all the wrinkles of the present were smoothed out, the loops of absence closed, so that contentment would blossom through my life like spring in a cold place. Till then, happiness Read more

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I'll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

July 22, 1998—9:00 p.m. We only started the lantern ceremony my second-to-last year at Camp Macaw. Yet it’s buried in my summer memories like the smell of the smoke from the weekly campfire, the game we played that made it sound as if we were caught in a rainstorm, or the call-and-response of capture the Read more

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False Step by Victoria Helen Stone

False Step by Victoria Helen Stone

Thursday, noon Bea Abbot, sixtyish and widowed but coping pretty well with life, answered the phone by saying, ‘Abbot Agency. How may I help you?’ The voice at the other end quacked away. Bea recoiled. ‘We are not that kind of agency. We do not supply girls for … no, certainly not!’ She put the Read more

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A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean

A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean

Intuition is a funny thing. Sometimes it’s a gut feeling, and you look around and just know something bad is about to happen. Other times, it’s elusive, and later you find yourself looking back on certain events and wondering how in the world you missed all the signals. Tonight, I’m on my way home after Read more

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