In Claire Ibarra’s novel “Fragile Saints,” dreams and memories mingle as a woman recounts a visit to her Peruvian family that triggers reflection and revelation.
In “Colorado Phantasmagorias,” author Joan Jacobson imagines the state’s historical difference makers transported to the present day.
In Jeanette Minniti’s historical novel, “The Only Way Home,” a 15-year-old boy’s noble effort to provide for his widowed mother hits a snag in Georgia.
Chuck gaped at the back of Clarence’s helmeted head. “What in God’s name are you saying?” “I mean, consider the odds,” Clarence yelled back at him. “You really think—?” Clarence nodded, his plastic helmet bobbing. “I do. The power—the force—of this first rapid made me realize I needed to say something.” Chuck grimaced and rowed […]
Style “Culture is, before all things, the unity of artistic style, in every expression of the life of a people. Abundant knowledge and learning, however, are not essential to it, nor are they a sign of its existence; and, at a pinch, they might coexist much more harmoniously with the very opposite of culture— with […]
Editor’s note: The following is a shorter version of the chapter that appears in the book. CHAPTER FOUR Fiery, Little Jane Street “The melodrama, ‘Woman Against Woman, or How the Mistress Lost the Maid’ is going full blast.” ― Frances Wayne, Denver Post, March 20, 1916 The two eggs lay side by side in a […]
Becky let Vola and Henri spend the night in front of the fire in the common room since she didn’t have any rooms to rent. In the morning, Vola set herself up at one of the tables at the back of Tea and Tap Room, and Becky kept her tea cup full throughout the day. […]
Epilogue A Year and a Half Later “Wouldn’t you say you are playing God?” Moments earlier, cool fingers had touched my neck as an assistant, wearing big earphones loosely hanging under her chin, clipped a microphone onto my white, ruffled collar. The people I noticed when I arrived this morning, standing in line outside the […]
Author’s Note: “The Cape Doctor” was inspired by the life of a brilliant, irascible, 19th-century Irish army surgeon, Dr. James Miranda Barry, who practiced medicine in the British colonies in the first half of the 19th century. Dr. Barry performed the first successful caesarian recorded in Africa, improved medicine for the socially marginalized, was caught […]
Will’s head was freezing even with the stocking cap on. He yanked it off, hoping that a bit of air—even blasted nippy air— might help it dry faster. At least the cab was fairly warm. He looked out at the snowy Denver streets, praying he’d be on a flight back to the godawful heat and […]