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Ulu's Dog
And Other Stories
Shelagh Scoville
ISBN 1-56474-415-9
320 pages, paperback, $14.95
These long stories, full of humor and curious characters, are drawn from the author's own life: as a girl and young woman in Califronia, and as a mature woman in Hawaii. These are stories of family secrets and unrequited love, nuns and ghost, barking seals and driving dogs. Thee's a lot of humor and a lot of plot in these tales told by a fine spinner of yarns. Her style is reminiscent of William Somerset Maugham; she takes her time getting to the point, and then delivers great rewards.
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Unwelcome Light
A Novel
by David Lehner
ISBN 978-1-56474-499-9
128 pages, paperback, $12.95
An unnamed narrator learns after his father’s death that this “father” was in fact not his father. The protagonist grew up on the campus of a boarding school, as the son of the headmaster. Now he returns to the school as a teacher in classics, hoping to solve the mystery of his birth. Things go wrong. Natalie, one of his students, is brilliant and beautiful, and there is gossip (untrue) that they are having an affair. He spends time with a former classmate, Elizabeth, now a teacher of art. Gossip spreads (also untrue) that they too are having an affair. A former teacher, who was fired in the past by the protagonist’s mysterious father, shows up with shocking information about the snarled family, a tale of adultery and incest. Elizabeth’s deranged husband goes into a mad rage and wreaks havoc with a shotgun, worthy of classical tragedy, and the protagonist is doomed to a life of blindness and madness. The moral of the story: fate is out of our hands, and the gods are cruel.
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