Madame Victoria

Author: Catherine Leroux
Publisher: Biblioasis
ISBN: 1771962089
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In 2001, a woman’s skeleton was found in the woods overlooking Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital. Despite an audit of the hospital’s patient records, a forensic reconstruction of the woman’s face, missing-person appeals, and DNA tests that revealed not only where she had lived, but how she ate, the woman was never identified. Assigned the name Madame Victoria, her remains were placed in a box in an evidence room and, eventually, forgotten. But not by Catherine Leroux, who constructs in her form-bending Madame Victoria twelve different histories for the unknown woman. Like musical variations repeating a theme, each Victoria meets her end only after Leroux resurrects her, replacing the anonymous circumstances of her death with a vivid re-imagining of her possible lives. And in doing so, Madame Victoria becomes much more than the story of one unknown and unnamed woman: it becomes a celebration of the lives and legacies of unknown women everywhere. By turns elegiac, playful, poignant, and tragic, Madame Victoria is an unforgettable book about the complexities of individual lives and the familiar ways in which they overlap.

The Vernacular

Author: N. Daniel
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Co.
ISBN: 1946540382
Size: 34.37 MB
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The Vernacular is a play, actually a play on words, because some of the dialogue or words in the play are thrown about like a stroke of luck. An African Play on Words brings out in a spectacular way live Black African idioms and their indigenous way of expression. The beginning of the story shows simple meetings and exchanges of views, but as it continues, there are various confrontations – about love and religion – as well as black African history, its silence, mysteries, crude English, and its way of saying or looking at things, some of them musical, some comical. The stories in the book end with an animalistic instinct, where animals of the world are seen exposing their colours, expressing their views about life in the animal kingdom, their grievances, about what the human beings, which the animals call “the master, have overlooked. The book was inspired by the large wave of the African immigration as it features African idioms, proverbs, and their hidden meanings that have been encapsulated into English grammar.

The Silver Key

Author: Alison Tyler
Publisher: Rosebud
ISBN: 9781563336140
Size: 34.21 MB
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In the rarefied atmosphere of a Victorian finishing school, a group of randy young ladies share a diary. Each of their tales is recounted in loving detail, making The Silver Key a treasure trove of scalding prose.

Finding Pearl Harbor

Author: Kate March
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1468500511
Size: 70.57 MB
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Over half a century after the event, we are marking the distruction or our naval fleet by the Empire of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Part history and part mystery story, Finding Pearl Harbor is the first of five books about children growing up onthe home front during WorldWar II. Set in a small rural community the children are learning to cope with highly personal issues of their own when suddenly confronted with the possiblilty of war invading their isolated lives. Larry, the oldest, wants to join the army, but is charged with the care of his lttle sister, Molly, who firmly believes their mother is with the angels. Stella struggles to understand her strange gift of second sight. Ellen's mother seems bitterly unloving for no good reason. Barbara, sent from England to escape the bombs, works hard at settling into her new life. Roland handicapped, silent and brooding seeks ways to reach out to the others. Finding Pearl Harbor is fiction, but the events of World War II are carefully interwoven into the story. It is the children's task to come to terms with them in a world where they think "nobody ever tells you anything."


Author: Marlene Holzer
Publisher: Cyberpublishing E-Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3902970030
Size: 29.94 MB
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Der Romantitel "Vomit" ist lateinischer Herkunft, kommt aber auch in englischer Sprache vor und assoziiert an Bulimie unter der die Hauptprotagonistin Victoria leidet. Die junge Romanschriftstellerin Marlene Holzer ist ein Meisterwerk gelungen! Endlich scheint sich für Victoria alles zum Guten zu wenden. Zum ersten Mal in ihrem Leben hat sie das Gefühl, nicht nur von Pech verfolgt zu sein. Sie hat doch tatsächlich den Doppel-Jackpot im Lotto geknackt. Aber ist sie nun wirklich frei von all ihren Sorgen? Bedeutet dieser Gewinn den Schritt in eine bessere Zukunft? Oder würden Glück und Zufriedenheit weiterhin ein großes Mysterium für Victoria bleiben? Und vor allem: Wer ist Monika Lorenz aus Kapitel I? Marlene Holzer beschreibt auf tiefgründige Art und Weise, was es für eine psychisch kranke, junge Frau bedeutet, wenn sich das Leben zum Positiven wendet. Dass Geld und finanzielle Unabhängigkeit keine Garanten für Glück sind, muss die Protagonistin immer wieder aufs Neue erfahren. Innere Zufriedenheit hängt vielmehr von anderen Faktoren ab, die oftmals das Schicksal, der Zufall oder die subjektive Empfindung bestimmen. „Vomit“ ist ein intelligenter Roman, der schonungslos ehrlich, zugleich aber auch humorvoll erzählt ist. Besonders im überraschenden Schluss spiegelt sich die Gesamtheit des Tragikomischen wider: Denn Victoria hat ein Geheimnis.