Contemporary Fiction

Illustration of a lobster hugging a sign that reads "Hal's Chowder House."

The Bionic Lobster

When Big Hal's 9-year-old twin sons claim a one-clawed lobster as their pet, the unusually large crustacean becomes a source of national attention–and chaos–for the small seaside town. ... More

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The first in our New Fiction Friday series! Timothy Tocher (right) tells the tale of hopeful author Ernie: In a desperate attempt to put his... More

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Isolated by the domestication of his 
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to rediscover the relationships he... More

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A Corner Room at the Y

Milvey is a loner. Each time he enters the world to compete, he does something to derail himself. Believing in oneself is not always an... More

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At 88, Gloria is in decline and needs some help managing her daily chores. Enter Helen, her Meals-on-Wheels driver, who quickly makes herself indispensable but... More

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The Wolf Boy of Forest Lawn

After a young boy goes missing, his teacher and classmates learn a lesson about myths, education, and the danger of secret agendas. ... More

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The Conch Shell

Told through the voice of a resilient 5-year-old, a middle-class white family 
in the segregated South strives for stability 
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