Kathryn Holzman's collection of short fiction explores the truce between Vermont's homesteaders and the second-home owners who co-exist in the lush Green Mountains. Whether sharing a blackberry patch with a bear or dropping off garbage at the local transfer station, life in Vermont unites its disparate residents in surprising ways.
When Aeva Jones wakes up in the middle of the night to her house on fire, she thinks her nightmares are just coming true. Until her friend, who she thought had been dead for two years, shows up and takes her away. Aeva doesn’t think it could get any worse. Her parents are dead, her friend she thought was dead isn’t, and there’s a target on her back for reasons she didn’t have anything to do with.
Helena Pierce has an idea; a sweet, delicious, magical idea that is guaranteed to see her soul damned for all eternity. Naturally, as any self-respecting woman would tell you, it is her civil duty to drag her ever-faithful friend and husband, Simone, along for the ride. In the name of science, nothing is forbidden; nothing is ‘too far’. Well, maybe having a kid is a bit much.
Teenagers Tara and Tatiana Wynne are twins living in the infamous Southern Gardens area. Despite being rampant with poverty, organized crime, and the threat of gentrification, the two have called it home ever since their mother became an addict. Despite their mother’s issues, Tara wants to live the fast life with Deon, a notorious drug lord who reigns over the area.
In a Realm which has layers of ownership, whether land, sea or air spaces, there are layers of agendas and schemes. There are layers of conspiracies, secrets and desires.
A fallen Priest. The Writer without her words. A pawn who hears the thoughts of others but turns away from his own.