Friday, May 2, 2014

THE WITCH'S REVENGE by Danny Odato

In Harangul, a village in the Latur district of Maharashtra, the Nehra family wakes up to what they believe is an ordinary day. But things are about to take a dark turn in the little village when a mysterious old woman moves into the abandoned house next door. 

Padma, a simple woman, is married to Mohan, a hardworking tailor. They have four children and are raising them in a loving, traditional Hindu family. They enjoy the culture of their small community and rely on their many friends, elders, and traditions to lead happy and spiritual lives. But soon after the arrival of the strange woman next door, a child is involved in a horrible, fatal incident. Another child becomes seriously ill, and a woman falls to her death from her roof. Then Padma’s own family suffers a tragic loss. 

Mohan and Padma seek spiritual advice, to no avail, and the authorities offer no assistance. Finally in desperation, as things become more bizarre in the colony, a party of brave men ventures out to seek a strong baba from far away. With faith, strength, and a very strong sense of community, the people of Harangul work tirelessly to free their home from the grasp of a terrible evil presence—a daayan who threatens their very existence. 

The Witch’s Revenge is a striking novel that seamlessly blends Indian tradition with suspense and horror—a book eloquently presented by a gifted new storyteller.

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  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (January 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IJZJ5O0

HOUSATONIC BY BOB GRAY

Life in a New England village can be both joyful and tragic, at once ordinary and complicated. Housatonic is such a village, providing its residents with a sense of place—a sense of home. The deserted mill on the cover and the rusting water tower, which has kept watch over the village for decades, illustrate both Housatonic’s transition from past to present and its people, who cling to traditions of what was and hope for what may be. 

Housatonic is a charming collection of personal essays written by one of the town’s long-term residents. In the tradition of Garrison Keillor, Bob Gray offers a perceptive, humorous, and loving commentary on village life.


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JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF BY SHIRLEY BLUMBERG

Just as life and death are universal, yet individual, so is grief. Journey Through Grief takes us on one woman's five-year experience with the emotional aftermath of the death of her husband of 65 years. The author chronicles her grief journey through poetry, essays, journals and musings that are personal to her, yet universal to all those who have lost someone they love. She introduces us to the intermittent "grief storms" that descend suddenly like tornadoes and sweep away everything except the grief. Life changes and lessons learned may help others going through a similar experience.

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This book was a quick read. A great book written by a 90-year-old woman, Shirley Blumberg, about her grief after the death of her husband. Well worth the read!