Ravaged by the Nazi Secret Service during World War II, Romanian resistance forces turn to one of their leaders, Professor Van Helsing for any way out. To fight these monstrous forces, Van Helsing raises a legendary monster from centuries of slumber, Prince Dracula himself. Once he was the ruler of Transylvania. Prince Vlad Dracula, is, above all else, a patriot. He proves more than willing to once again drive out his country's invaders. Upshot: No one minds if he drinks all the German blood he desires. In Berlin, when Hitler hears about the many defeats his forces are suffering at the hands of an apparent true vampire, he is seduced by the possibility of becoming immortal. Thus two forces are set upon a collision course, the ultimate confrontation: Superpower against superpower
Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents' restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Struggling to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James's disappearance. What Aimee uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free or shatter her forever.
In her first story collection, Jarrar employs a particular, rather than rhetorical approach to race and gender. Thus we have "How Can I Be of Use to You," with its complicated relationship between a distinguished Egyptian feminist and her young intern, demonstrating that gender politics are never straightforward, and both generations-old and new-take advantage of each other. There's also a healthy dose of magic surrealism, as in the wild and witty story "Zelda the Halfie" which follows a breed of half Ibexes/half humans and their various tribulations.
When Ettie's husband dies, her daughter, Iza, insists that she give up the family house in the countryside and move to Budapest. Displaced from her community and her home, Ettie tries to find her place in this new life. Iza's Ballad is the story of a woman who loses her life's companion and a mother trying to get close to a daughter whom she has never truly known. It is about the meeting of the old-fashioned and the modern worlds and the beliefs we construct over a lifetime.
These nine unforgettable stories, all set in and around Cape Canaveral, showcase Patrick Ryan's masterly understanding of regret and hope, relationships and family, and the universal longing for love.
A young married couple and their daughter move into a brand new apartment building built next to a graveyard. The couple is hiding a dark secret and the apartment harbors a specter of evil. When terrifying events occur, others in the building start to move out until the family is left alone with someone - or something - lurking in the basement.
A young Irish drama student in 1990s London makes new friends, establishes a place for herself, and seeks to shed her plain-girl identity before entering a whirlwind affair with an older man who changes her in unexpected ways.
Eleven year old actress Delia Cross's days are a blur of hard work on Ưset, auditions and tutors. Her family - driven, pill-popping stage mother Pat, wastrel dad Bart, and introverted twin brother Robbie - depend on her for their upscale lifestyle. Delia in turn depends on Caity, her beloved ginger Queensland Heeler, as her only calming influence, and friend. When a freak accident puts Delia in the danger zone, Caity evolves from protector to savior, from scapegoat to prop, and eventually, from avenger to survivor.
Tommy Wieringa traces two stories doomed to collide. In one, he follows a group of starving, near-feral Eurasian refugees on a harrowing quest for survival; in the other, he follows Pontus Beg, a policeman from a small border town on the steppe, as he investigates the death of a rabbi, one of the town's two remaining Jews.
Deep in the heart of Mexico City, where five houses cluster around a sun-drenched courtyard, lives Ana, a precocious twelve-year-old who spends her days buried in Agatha Christie novels to forget the mysterious death of her little sister years earlier. Over the summer she decides to plant a milpa in her backyard, and as she digs the ground and plants her seeds, her neighbors in turn delve into their past. The ripple effects of grief, childlessness, illness and displacement saturate their stories, secrets seep out and questions emerge - Who was my wife? Why did my Mom leave? Can I turn back the clock? And how could a girl who knew how to swim drown?