Aalia finds out she is an Ele Draconis (Elemental Dragon), her best friend is her Fate Mate Number 1 (5 in total for complete Mate Group), and she has to learn how to control her new powers while dealing with some obstacles along the way. 'Excerpt: Tears burst forth at the thought, she sat on the floor, next to the toilet, with a wad of toilet paper, and let it all out. Her heart felt like a shattered windscreen, shattered into a thousand pieces, but still intact and holding shape unless a slight amount of pressure causes it to crumble.'
'Everything in this book happened. These are real nurses and real patients. . . .' And the true stories that nurse Carolyn Fink gathers here are the real stuff of life, as lived by some unforgettable human beings and their nurses. The con artist with the bogus bad back . . . The beautiful eighteen-year-old paralyzed by a hit-and-run driver . . . The shy Navajo grandmother who chose to sleep on the floor rather than in a hospital bed . . . The big shot who installed a fax machine next to his heart monitor . . . These and many others play their parts in this wonderful book and teach us much about ways of living and dying, the bitter ironies of fate, and the twin miracles of love and healing.
As Pankaj Mishra remarked in The Nation, one of the remarkable qualities of Bolano's short stories is that they can do the 'work of a novel.' The Return contains thirteen unforgettable stories bent on returning to haunt you. Wide-ranging, suggestive, and daring, a Bolano story might concern the unexpected fate of a beautiful ex-girlfriend or a dream of meeting Enrique Lihn: his plots go anywhere and everywhere and they always surprise. Consider the title piece: a young party animal collapses in a Parisian disco and dies on the dance floor; just as his soul is departing his body, it realizes strange doings are afoot-and what follows next defies the imagination (except Bolano's own). Although a few have been serialized in The New Yorker and Playboy, most of the stories of The Return have never before appeared in English, and to Bolano's many readers will be like catnip to the cats.
A stunning collection of short stories - mostly dealing with the sex trade - by the late Chilean master and author of The Savage Detectives. The Return contains thirteen unforgettable stories that seem to tell what Bolano called "the secret story," "the one we’ll never know." Bent on returning to haunt you, Bolano’s tales might concern the unexpected fate of a beautiful ex-girlfriend, or soccer, witchcraft, or a dream of meeting the poet Enrique Lihn: They always surprise. Consider the title story: A young partygoer collapses in a Parisian disco and dies on the dance floor. Just as his soul is departing his body, it realizes strange happenings are afoot around his now dead body - and what follows next defies the imagination (except Bolano’s own). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Walter Krochmal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011532/bk_adbl_011532_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After Andi Gordon is jilted at the altar, she makes the most impetuous decision of her life - buying one of the famed Three Sisters Queen Anne houses on Blackberry Island. Now the proud-ish owner of the ugly duckling of the trio, she plans to open her own pediatric office on the first floor, just as soon as her hunky contractor completes the work. Andi’s new future may be coming together, but the truth is she’s just as badly in need of a major renovation as her house. When Deanna Phillips confronts her husband about a suspected affair, she opens up a Pandora’s box of unhappiness. And he claims that she is the problem. The terrible thing is, he’s right. In her quest to be the perfect woman, she’s lost herself, and she’s in danger of losing her entire family if things don’t change. Next door, artist Boston King thought she and her college sweetheart would be married forever. Their passion for each other has always seemed indestructible. But after tragedy tears them apart, she’s not so sure. Now it’s time for them to move forward, with or without one another. Thrown together by fate and geography, and bound by the strongest of friendships, these three women will discover what they’re really made of: laughter, tears, love, and all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Natalie Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004778/bk_brll_004778_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Julia: I don’t know what to expect alone at this isolated manor. I’m a nanny for a 10-year-old little girl. Her father is gone. I’m not sure he even exists. Things don’t seem right. There are strange calls, and I hang up. Then, one dark, stormy night, he enters my life. I watch his strange behavior. I witness the strange relationship between him and his daughter. I watch him watch me. One minute he’s harsh and the next he’s vulnerable. He tells me he needs me. He tells me his wife is dead. I want to believe him because I have fallen in love with him. He doesn’t know I crave him. He doesn’t know I want to touch him. He doesn’t know I’m a virgin. And...he doesn’t know I have found his secret hidden in the floor of my closet.Jonas: She doesn’t know the murder I covered up. She doesn’t know the woman I destroyed. She doesn’t know the evil schemed I conjured to lure her to my manor. She doesn’t know I altered her fate. She doesn’t know my true intentions. She doesn’t know I watched her long before we met one dark, stormy night. She doesn’t know the man I used to be. But I do.She doesn’t know the truth.Follow the epic journey of Julia Ellis and Jonas Fairbanks in this breathtaking, you’ll never see it coming, three-book trilogy of The Secret Series. Warning: This book contains graphic sexual scenes and is recommended for mature listeners only. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracy Marks, Aaron Shedlock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/152045/bk_acx0_152045_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.