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Foreign Climes

Winner of the 2020 Brighthorse Books Award in Short Fiction, Foreign Climes is now available from your independent bookstore and wherever books are sold. The stories in the collection are linked by the strangeness of new places, territories both geographical and psychological. They proceed from a young person's sense of boundaries to an older person's breaking through boundaries-and then beyond, to a voice that constructs the world by way of possibilities. In the end, they reveal the heart and the potential of the people within them by thrusting them into those places of discomfort and exhilaration that leave us all naked before the world.

 

"A dazzling new collection. . . . Lucy Ferriss is marvelously skilled, a true master of the craft." -- Lynne Sharon Schwartz, author of Truthtelling

 

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A Sister to Honor

Afia Satar is studious, modest, and devout. The young daughter of a landholding family in northern Pakistan, Afia has enrolled in an American college with the dream of returning to her country as a doctor. But when a photo surfaces online of Afia holding hands with an American boy, she is suddenly no longer safe—even from the family that cherishes her.

 

"Afia and Shahid's painful struggle is intricately crafted and the cultural nuances evocatively depicted. A thought-provoking novel." -- Publishers Weekly

 

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The Lost Daughter

Brooke O'Connor has a happy marriage and a beloved daughter. But when her high school boyfriend resurfaces, her past returns. With her marriage and equilibrium at stake, Brooke must confront what she has been unwilling to face for so long. But the truth is not what Brooke believes it to be. In chartin her journey, The Lost Daughter explores the cost of guilt and the tantalizing possibility of redemption.

 

"This achingly beautiful novel is the work of a master American realist." -- Francisco Goldman, author of Monkey Boy

 

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Unveiling the Prophet

A memoir blending regional, national, and personal history to creative a fast-paced narrative with two timelines. One tells the dramatic, often funny story of the 1972 Veiled Prophet Ball, the largest cotillion in the country and the center of Midwestern WASP aristocracy in the heat of the civil rights era. The other takes place thirty years later, as Lucy returns to St. Louis from the East Coast to track down key figures from the moment when the Prophet was unveiled and the course of history changed forever.

 

From Lucy: This memoir began with an incident in St. Louis, my hometown, which changed the course of history and marked the end of an era. I waited 30 years for someone to write about the intersections of race, class, and gender that led up to that event . . . until I realized that that someone was me. Since the publication of Unveiling the Prophet and the tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, the world's attention has turned to St. Louis and made "the unveiling" a harbinger of what was to come.

 

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Leaving the Neighborhood

The twelve stories in the award-winning collection Leaving the Neighborhood are variously concerned with departures -- physical, emotional, even philosophical. Yet few things in life are ever completely left behind. That which is unresolved remains. In each of these stories, men and women find themselves drawn into confrontations without knowing quite how they got there. As the consequences suddenly awaken their moral self-awareness, they face the task of recapturing and redefining the past in order to shape the future.

 

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Nine-year-old Toby Ames is desperately in need of a heart transplant. His salvation comes in the form of Brooke Hunter, a young girl who died with her father in a motorcycle accident. But Toby's new heart bring with it the demands of family, passion, and loss. Recognized by the Peter Taylor Prize in the Novel, Nerves of the Heart is the story of adults nursing old and new loves, and of the child who must shoulder the weight of their hurts and hopes.

 

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After Roe vs. Wade is overturned in 2011, Phoebe performs illegal "misconceptions" in her basement, until the suicide of a twelve-year old incest victim betrays her to the police, and she must decide between anonymity and moral righteousness.

 

"In Ferriss' convincing early 21st century dystopia, abortion is outlawed. At great risk, her eponymous female lead seeks to return to women some small measure of reproductive rights. As Ray Bradbury once said, 'I'm not here to predict the future, I'm here to warn about it.'" -- Time Out, London

 

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Growing up along the Hudson River, Gwyn Stickley, nicknamed Stick, is eager to escape a hamlet full of secrets. Her flight and return, haunted by the image of the Challenger flight and explosion, become a journey through the uncontrollable, exhilarating worlds of love and pain.

 

Against Gravity is available on Amazon, or contact Lucy directly.