“The Secrets of His Family”, by Joanne C. Parsons (2021, independently published)
In this fourth novel for the author of Cape Parsons, a woman inherits an old farmhouse in Cape Town and sorts the secrets of family members she has never met. As she restores the house, the ability to connect with the former occupants through their artifacts and diaries helps her make a decision about her own marriage. Parsons’ previous novels are “Kitchen Canary”, “Through the Open Door” and “Predator in the House”.
“Children at the Border: An American Human Rights Crisis”, by Jo-Anne Wilson-Keenan (2021, McFarland)
East Dennis career writer and educator based this topical book on three years of research and a visit to Arizona and Mexicali, Mexico. There, she met aid workers and families in shelters where they found themselves stranded due to various government policies. Wilson-Keenan chose to write the book to explore what she sees as the violation of the rights of migrant children (including separation from their parents and poor detention conditions) who fled Central America for seek asylum in the United States from 2017 to 2020.
“A Place Like This: Finding Myself in a Cape Cod Cottage”, by Sally Buffington (2021, Woodworth Press)
This is an early memoir for the Cape native and writer, who now lives in Southern California but was born and raised in Eastham and later in Brewster. The classically trained photographer and musician returns to Cape Town every summer to visit the Buffington family cottage in Craigville, which is the premise of her book. She came to the chalet by marriage and the book explores learning about life with her new family, with her lively matriarch, as she tries to preserve her sense of independence.
“Sesuit In My Heart,” by Lenore Vavota (2020, independently released)
It’s the first of what Bavota, a three-decade real estate professional who spent her adult life in Dennis and Sandwich, hopes to be several novels about Tony Cabella, an Environmental Protection Agency officer. In this story, Tony returns to Cape Town to mend his relationship with his daughter, but soon “Tony pursues evil and evil pursues him too”. Tony is able to find love, save his daughter from painful memories, and solve a murder in this first adventure.
“Le train bleu”, by Françoise Webb (2021, published independently)
This novel from the Cape resident of three decades takes place on the title train, beginning as a passenger says goodbye, leaves and settles into her compartment with luggage that “contains memories of her life that she chose not to leave behind “. The other passengers include a Punjabi major, socialite, legionary, and English archaeologist, and all have their own stories and sort through their own lives. Webb also wrote “Safe from the Madness”, his memoir of his childhood in Brussels during the Nazi occupation, and wrote and illustrated seven children’s books, including “King Didi’s Wish” from last year.
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“Between the Tides”, by Angel Khoury (2021, Dzanc Books)
North Carolina writer Angel Khoury took a story she heard over 20 years ago about a woman in the ’80s whose father was missing, and their many conversations afterwards, and turned them on. made the loose basis of his first novel. The historical romance of loss and absence is set in the 1890s, when a man abandons his wife and her job as a guard at the Chatham Beach Lifeboat Station to start a new family in Cape Hatteras. More than five decades later, his daughter from North Carolina traveled to Cape Cod to meet his first wife.
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