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Margaret Mendel

Margaret Mendel lives in New York City and is a past board member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, NYC. Margaret is an award-winning author who has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence. She has published two novels, Fish Kicker and Pushing Water. Many of her short stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies. For more than twenty years she worked in the mental health field, though now she is a full-time author. Photography is also an import part of her life and Margaret not only drags a laptop, but a Nikon D7000 camera wherever she goes. Read more about Margaret on her blog at: http://www.pushingtime.com/home/

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Genre  Mainstream Mystery/Women's Fiction

Release  March 7, 2014

Pages  157

ISBN  978-1-77127-498-2

Price  $5.50

Tags  Women’s fiction, Alaska, recovering alcoholic, witness to murder, resourceful woman, confronting inner demons, regain custody of child, ife and death struggle, wilderness,woman in Alaska

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Against the unforgiving landscape of Alaska, Sharon Wolf, a single mother, struggles to reclaim her life from alcohol abuse and regain the custody of her daughter. But first she must overcome dwindling funds and find a place to live before the harsh winter sets in. She gets a job as a fry cook in a backcountry bar, aptly named The Nowhere, and begins to reconstruct her life. Her struggles are further complicated when she is stalked by a murderer who thinks she witnessed him kill an associate of his. In order to get her life back on track and regain custody of her daughter, Sharon must call upon her inner strength and learn to accept help from unexpected sources. Ultimately she learns to trust herself when the murderer kidnaps her daughter and Sharon finds herself in a life and death struggle.

Genre Historical Fiction
Release January 17, 2017
Designer Charlotte Volnek
Length 323 Pages
ISBN 978-1-77127-882-9
Price $5.99
Tags Historical fiction, Women’s fiction, Vietnam, 1938, 1942, French Colony Territory, Rebels, Archivist, murder, Japanese Military, WWII,

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VIETNAM, 1939. Sarah, an expat, working as an Archivist for the French Colonial Government in Hanoi, is devastated when she finds a Vietnamese co-worker murdered.

Determined to find the killer, Sarah suspects she knows what prompted the murder when she discovers a secret document in a packet of poetry the co-worker had borrowed from the archives.

The papers include a secret colonial communication outlining a direct order that will bring about devastating hardship for the Vietnamese people.

Sarah’s life is further complicated by the arrival of an old friend, Julia, who brings with her remembrances of a past Sarah would rather forget. Then Albee, Sarah’s part time lover comes on the scene. He claims to be an archaeologist working on a dig in China, though Sarah suspects he is a fulltime communist revolutionary.

Sarah attempts to deal with her problematic personal life, wishing for her solitude to return, when a friend is arrested and executed for revolutionary activities. Heartsick, Sarah decides to return back to the States. Though there is one more hurtle to overcome. The world is in a chaotic mess and within one devastating day, nothing will ever be the same again.

Genre Short Story Collection, Contemporary Women, Coming of Age
Release February 21, 2019
Length 222 pages
ISBN 978-1-77392-034-4
Price $5.99US
Tags Woman’s fiction, cold war era, fallout shelters, grandparents, chicken soup, blind dates, power sewing machine operator, hippies, failed marriages, betrayal, single parent, new beginnings, forgiveness,
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Patches tells the tale of one woman’s life, Wilma, through a series of interwoven short stories. The stories begin in 1943 when we learn that Wilma’s father, recently drafted into the army, is about to leave for boot camp. Wilma, an infant and the first born of this young couple, sleeps in her mother’s arms as her parents bicker. The sadness and fear of the impending separation looms large.

Roger, Wilma’s father, returns home after the war a changed man. Angry and sullen, Roger is unable to hold down a job and becomes like a ghost moving in and out of the family life. Wilma’s mother, Pearl, with only meager resources, struggles to piece together a life for her family.

During the Cold War, Roger becomes obsessed with the fear of a nuclear war and builds a bomb shelter in the backyard. Wilma fearful of an atomic bomb attack worries that she will not live to be sixteen. But she does and with much maneuvering manages to go to a junior college by saving her money working as a power sewing machine operator.

Eventually, Wilma moves out of her parent’s house, vowing to be a stronger woman than her mother. Throughout her ordeals, she struggles to come to terms with her past and find inner peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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