Contemporary Fiction

Plumber in a kitchen

Plumber’s Helper

Single parent Emma has handyman John’s number saved in her cellphone for emergencies—and maybe for romance. More

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A Landing Called Compromise

Martha Blalock never liked Zula Blix, who flirts with every man in New Madrid Baptist Church, but soon both recognize what they have to lose. More

Windows of a highrise apartment building

Nursing an injury, Kate stares out the window of her 43rd-floor apartment and notices a face staring back. More

Turkish street

In 1966, Kelly is finishing her sabbatical in southern Turkey, a place that wold disrupt her life forever. More

Honeybee on a honeycomb
Lloyd and Mary

A successful real estate agent and his wife live life by rote until an unbearable loss shatters their well-ordered world. More

Into Each Life

A boy befriends the filly tethered in his backyard, both longing to break free from the silence around them. More

The Keystone of the Family

“In my day … fathers and grandfathers didn’t involve themselves in the birthing process. Childbirth was strictly the domain of women.” More

A rosary on a table

“You’re too stubborn for the Church, Sean. Go be a doctor or a lawyer or something else. Holy Orders are not for you.” More

The Egg Man

“Look,” he said, “not that it matters to you or anyone else in this dump, but I’m really a poet. I shouldn’t be here at More

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