[A] heartbreaking novel about the devastations of severed attachments.” —NPR For Clay Blackall, a lifelong resident of Providence, Rhode Island, the place has become an obsession. Here live the only people who can explain what happened to his brother, Eli, whose suicide haunts this heartbreaking, hilarious novel-in-fragments. A failed actor impersonates a former movie star; an ex-con looks after a summer home perched atop a rock in the bay; a broken-hearted salutatorian airs thirteen years’ worth of dirty laundry at his school’s commencement; an adjunct struggles to make room for her homeless and self-absorbed mother while revisiting a scandalous high school love affair; a recent widower, with the help of a clever teen, schemes to rid his condo’s pond of Canada geese. Clay compiles their stories, invasively providing context in the form of notes that lead always, somehow, back to Eli. Behind Clay’s possibly insane, definitely doomed, and increasingly suspect task burns his desire to understand his brother’s death, and the city that has defined and ruined them both. Full of brainy detours and irreverent asides, Exes is a powerful investigation of grief, love, and our deeply held yet ever-changing notions of home.
Author: Victoria Christopher Murray
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2014-06-17
Three Los Angeles women who’ve helped each other overcome heartbreak are reunited eight years later when their troublesome exes come back into the picture in this follow up to Victoria Christopher Murray’s bestselling novel The Ex Files. Sheridan, Kendall, and Asia first bonded when they met seven years ago at a church prayer support group and now, their friendship has blossomed into a strong sisterhood. They've helped each other through the tragedies of their breakups and together, they've celebrated their triumphs. But now, their exes are back, wreaking havoc on lives they've work so hard to rebuild. Sheridan has found love again after her ex-husband left her for a man. But old wounds are reopened when her ex-husband appears with his fiancée—a woman! And all of Sheridan's insecurities and doubts come rushing back. Kendall's former husband is now married to Kendall's sister, Sabrina. And though Kendall has refused to interact with either one in the last seven years, she's forced to reunite with Sabrina when their father is diagnosed with cancer. Asia has done her best to move away from her married boyfriend, a former star with the LA Lakers. But when they share a kiss, old desires are rekindled and Asia decides that it's time for her and Bobby Johnson to get back together again. With her trademark writing that “has the kind of momentum that prompts you to elbow disbelief aside and flip the pages in horrified enjoyment” (The Washington Post), Forever an Ex is Murray's best novel yet.
Celia Henry owns the most famous bed-and-breakfast in the whole Northwest. Married only once and widowed at twenty-two, Celia has spent a lifetime preaching(and practicing) Unfettered Love, glorying in unions free of matrimony, free of the ties that bind-and that can just as easily strangle. But though the men in her life moved out and moved on, Celia maintained her affections for their children, acquiring a large extended family of children, step-children, partners, and ex-partners. And the children she nurtured remember their island childhood with wry warmth. When her daughter Bethie announces her engagement, Celia reluctantly agrees to throw a lavish celebration. To this party she must invite everyone in her overextended family: her steps and execes, their current partners and starchy in-laws, as well as a host of island eccentrics. As the big day approaches, Celia senses impending disaster, but nothing prepares her for the fallout when the nuclear family explodes and she must reconstruct the past in order to transform the future.Celia Henry owns the most famous bed-and-breakfast in the whole Northwest. Married only once and widowed at twenty-two, Celia has spent a lifetime preaching(and practicing) Unfettered Love, glorying in unions free of matrimony, free of the ties that bind-and that can just as easily strangle. But though the men in her life moved out and moved on, Celia maintained her affections for their children, acquiring a large extended family of children, step-children, partners, and ex-partners. And the children she nurtured remember their island childhood with wry warmth. When her daughter Bethie announces her engagement, Celia reluctantly agrees to throw a lavish celebration. To this party she must invite everyone in her overextended family: her steps and execes, their current partners and starchy in-laws, as well as a host of island eccentrics. As the big day approaches, Celia senses impending disaster, but nothing prepares her for the fallout when the nuclear family explodes and she must reconstruct the past in order to transform the future.
“It is an easy thing to rule by fear.” It’s been years since the tidal wave of ex-humans washed over the world. Since then, thanks to St George and his fellow heroes, the community known as the Mount has been the last known outpost of safety, sanity, and freedom left to humanity. But even for the Mount, survival still balances on a razor’s edge—and after a disaster decimates the town’s food supply, the heroes must make a risky gamble to keep its citizens from starving. And then the news arrives of a strange, man-made island in the middle of the Pacific. An island populated not just by survivors, but by people who seem to be farming, raising children, living—people who, like the heroes, have somehow managed to keep the spark of civilization alive. Paying this place a visit should be a simple goodwill mission, but as the island reveals itself to be a sinister mirror-image of what the heroes have built at the Mount, the cost of their good intentions becomes dangerously high. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The ex-wives of Colina Linda are back . . . sassier and sexier than ever! After an extravagant honeymoon with her million-dollar man, Lally Chandler-Clemente has devoted every moment (not spent shopping and gossiping) to her latest “it” charity. Meanwhile, former lawyer and well-heeled ex-wife Jessica Di Santini is hopelessly in love with a famous composer . . . who just happens to be Lally’s ex-husband. And Janey Martinez, once a Grade A frump, has put her inherited fortune to good use, purchasing a stunning designer wardrobe and a brand-new pair of double D’s. Only Caitlin Latch isn’t faring very well. Struggling to fit in and living well above her means to keep up appearances, the eye-catching ex is losing hope along with her cash flow. But when she meets a potentially eligible architect, she wonders, will he be her knight in shining armor, or Mr. Wrong? While Caitlin is in pursuit of her future husband, her son receives wild messages from a mystery e-mailer. Who’s on the other end of the cyberlink, and what does he know about Caitlin that she would like to keep quiet? In this uproariously funny, scrumptiously snarky tale, Caitlin and the other Colina Linda exes continue their pursuit of love and lavish bank accounts. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Ein literarischer Thriller, der einen nicht mehr loslässt! Susan Morrow hat gelernt, immer ja zu sagen. Nicht aufzubegehren, mitzuspielen, die Dinge hinzunehmen, wie sie sind: den Ehemann, der Herzchirurg ist, nur seine Karriere im Blick hat und sie wahrscheinlich mit einer Arzthelferin betrügt. Die Ehe, die unbemerkt immer mehr in die Brüche geht. Ihre Pflichten als Hausfrau und Mutter. Da erhält sie eines Tages Post von ihrem Exmann Edward, von dem sie seit zwanzig Jahren nichts mehr gehört hat. Als sie ihn damals verließ, war er ein angehender Schriftsteller, voller hochfliegender Pläne. Jetzt hat er ihr das Manuskript eines Romans geschickt, und widerstrebend beginnt sie, es zu lesen. Es ist die zutiefst verstörende Geschichte des Mathematikprofessors Tony Hastings, dessen Frau und Tochter auf der gemeinsamen Fahrt in den Urlaub entführt und grausam ermordet werden. Es ist die Geschichte eines Mannes, dessen ganzes Leben zerbricht, weil er gelernt hat, immer vernünftig zu bleiben. Weil er verlernt hat, sich zu wehren. Und weil er nicht glauben will, dass seine schlimmsten Ängste wirklich wahr werden könnten. Unaufhaltsam gerät Susan in den Sog dieses beklemmenden Romans. Und je weiter sie liest, desto mehr beginnt sie zu ahnen, dass Edward vielleicht gar nicht ihre Meinung über sein Manuskript einholen will. Dass er vielmehr auf raffiniert verschlüsselte Weise von ihr selbst erzählt ...
The second novel in Peter Clines' bestselling Ex series. It's been two years since the plague of ex-humans decimated mankind. Two years since the superheroes St. George, Cerberus, Zzzap, and Stealth gathered Los Angeles’s survivors behind the walls of their fortress, the Mount. Since then, the heroes have been fighting to give the Mount’s citizens hope, and something like a real life. But now supplies are growing scarce, the zombies are pressing in . . . and the heroes are wondering how much longer they can hold out. Then hope arrives in the form of a surviving US Army battalion--and not just any battalion. The men and women of the Army's Project Krypton survived the outbreak because they are super-soldiers, created before mankind's fall to be better, stronger, faster than normal humans--and their secure base in Arizona beckons as a much needed refuge for the beleaguered heroes and their charges. But a dark secret lies at the heart of Project Krypton, and those behind it wield an awesome and terrifying power.
A series of successful professional men are found slashed to death in their beds, apparently during sex, the presumed victims of a gay murderer. Homicide detective Max Segal is on the case, but he's distracted by his failing marriage and an attractive journalist who is covering the case. Judy Wells has everyone fooled, including the police. She's been methodically stalking, seducing, and murdering every man who has ever dumped her — and her revenge seems almost justified. But the FBI is closing in. Despite his troubles, Max isn't far behind, and as the players speed toward an inevitable confrontation, listeners are in for a thrilling and explosive conclusion. Like Fear Itself and Love Kills, Dan Greenburg's other bestselling thrillers,Exes is a terrifyingly realistic, darkly humorous, startlingly sexual, street-tough novel with a surprising climax.
An einem nebligen Abend startet ein Privatjet zu einem Flug nach New York. Wenige Minuten später stürzt er in den Atlantik. Nur der Maler Scott Burroughs und der vierjährige JJ überleben inmitten der brennenden Trümmer. Und Scott gelingt das Unmögliche: Er schafft es, den Jungen an das weit entfernte Ufer zu retten. Während die Suchtrupps fieberhaft nach den Leichen und der Blackbox fahnden, greifen immer abstrusere Verschwörungstheorien um sich. Scott versucht verzweifelt, sich den Medien zu entziehen – und gerät dabei in eine Welt der Intrigen und Manipulationen, in der niemand vor dem brutalen Fall ins Nichts geschützt ist.
Lisa Roberty is a successful screenwriter with an impoverished social life who’s enduring a demoralizing job at the mind-numbing sitcom You Go, Girl. Grant Repka is an obscure indie rock musician who, in his forties, finds his career surprisingly resurrected with the success of his comic operetta about the doomed romance of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson. When Grant and Lisa meet after one of his shows, sparks don’t immediately fly—but e-mail addresses are exchanged. A my-book-for-your-CD trade and a couple of e-mails later, Lisa tells Grant that she enjoys his song “My Psycho Ex,” but warns him that where psycho-exes are concerned, she’s pretty sure she “could drink him under the table.” Little does she know that this will become the opening salvo in an epic e-mail battle dubbed the Psycho Ex Game, a storytelling competition in which horrific tales of dysfunctional love and living with lunatics are volleyed with glee. The rules are simple; the point system, unique: the experiences that would normally leave someone running for the therapist’s office (humiliation, degradation, and complicity in psychotic behavior) just might win match point in the Psycho Ex Game. Now it’s Grant vs. Lisa as the wretched tales of his ex, the Junkie Queen of Darkness, vie with the woe inflicted by her ex, a tantrum-throwing actor/director widely known as Mr. Summer Box Office Record-Holder. As the correspondence evolves, it surprises Lisa by offering her the kind of intimacy she has never shared with a man in the same room. Before long, what started as a friendly competition becomes a road map to an unlikely couple’s growing involvement, leaving both Grant and Lisa secretly wondering, “If we were to get involved, which one of us is potentially the next Psycho Ex?” Written in alternating he said/she said chapters, The Psycho Ex Game is shot through with the acerbic humor of Merrill Markoe and the mordant observations that have made Andy Prieboy a literate voice in rock. The Psycho Ex Game is a hilarious dissection of injuries sustained on the front lines of romance—and the careful nursing that gets us battleready once again. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Victoria Christopher Murray
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2013-04-30
Sheridan struggles to choose between reconciling with her bisexual husband and pursuing a younger man, while Kendall endeavors to forgive a woman who broke up her marriage, and Asia plots revenge against her long-time lover for wanting to return to his wife.
George Bailey, a handyman at the local college, must decide which is the real world and which is just fantasy when his dreams of being one of humanity's last heroes in a civilization that has fallen to a plague that animates the dead bleed into his waking life. Original.
The third novel in Peter Clines' bestselling Ex series. “All of us try to cheat death. I was just better prepared to do it than most folks.” In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven’t just kept Los Angeles’ last humans alive—they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that’s spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees. But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks. And outside the Mount, something ancient and monstrous is hell-bent on revenge. As Peter Clines weaves these elements together in yet another masterful, shocking climax, St. George, Stealth, Captain Freedom, and the rest of the heroes find that even in a city overrun by millions of ex-humans... …there’s more than one way to come back from the dead.