4 Engrossing Literary Books to Add to Your TBR List

Brown Posey Press publishes literary fiction and creative nonfiction to make you feel things.

Sunbury Press publishes both fiction and nonfiction through our various imprints, like Brown Posey Press. With this imprint, we focus on inertly human stories that make us feel something.

From Jane Austen to literary roller derby, we're thrilled to share these four engrossing books from the Summer and Fall 2019 seasons that are sure to be great additions to your to-be-read list.

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Here's "4 Engrossing Literary Books to Add to Your TBR List!"


 

Both darkly funny and poignantly heart-wrenching, The Court of Vintage Woods exposes suburbia's outward smiles and inner secrets.

Josh Penzone's debut, The Court of Vintage Woods, dissects the emotional cages suburbanites use to entrap themselves. Over the course of the year, follow the residents of Vintage Woods Court as they inadvertently influence one another to realize how sometimes acceptance of self is the only change we are capable of.

An aging woman off her meds abuses the privilege of being entrusted with her neighbor's key. A war veteran confronts the man who influenced him to enlist. A devoted husband hires a male escort to answer the question he's been afraid to ask himself. The HOA President seeks retribution after her school board campaign signs go missing. A teenage girl strips for strangers via webcam wishing to feel something, even humiliation. A couple, emotionally broken after the death of their baby, hopes the Vintage Woods cul-de-sac is their answer to a new start.

In these eleven linked stories, Penzone explores the self-imposed tragic quest to feel something beyond life’s dullness. Sometimes darkly funny, other times poignantly heart wrenching, suburbia’s setting showcases a place where people sport outward smiles to mask inner secrets. But are they really fooling anyone? Maybe this is why a cul-de-sac is shaped like a peephole. We want to see in.

This is an author photo of Josh Penzone, writer of the court of vintage woods

About the Author

Josh Penzone is a Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose stories have appeared in Eunoia Review, Junto Magazine, Five on the Fifth, Blue Lake Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter where he’s been a public educator for two decades. The Court of Vintage Woods is his first published book.

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Leo Rockas completes a first edition of Jane Austen's unfinished novel Catharine or the Bower.

When Catharine is disciplined by her affectionate aunt Percival, she retires to the bower in search of separation and connection. After becoming dubious friends with Camilla and meeting a dashing possible suitor in Edward, Catharine encounters various attachments and pairings between young people, some of them quite unexpected.

About the authors:

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism.

Leo Rockas was a devoted professor of writing and literature at the University of Hartford, where he published several textbooks and essays on literary figures. In retirement as a widower, he keeps busy with playscripts, and studies in Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and other literary figures.

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Ride around the country with a reluctant wife and an excited husband in Gerri Almand's laugh-out-loud memoir The Reluctant RV Wife

Follow a reluctant wife and her excited husband through two humorously-conflicted years of RV travel. He wanted to go; she wanted to stay. They both learn, grow, and change as a new level of freedom evolves.

This book is light-hearted and humorous but at the same time serious. While not a How-To book, it gives lots of basic information about RVing. And while not a travelogue, it touches upon many travel destinations in the United States and Canada. On deeper levels, the book is about marital relationships, retiring and getting old, and finding a new kind of freedom through a minimalistic lifestyle.

After reading this book, you’ll never again look at one of those huge monstrosities driving down the road in quite the same way. The book answers questions for non-RVers and triggers chuckles of recognition from experienced RVers.

Author photo of gerri almand author of the reluctant rv wife

About the Author

Gerri Almand is a retired social worker turned writer, storyteller, and speaker. Her husband’s retirement crisis, which included buying an RV and declaring they should see the world, has given her untold ammunition for writing material. With a permanent home address in Tampa, Florida, Gerri and her husband Michael Hamlin now switch off their reluctancies. She continues to feel quasi-reluctant on the road and he feels acutely-reluctant during their periods at home.

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Sometimes comic. Sometimes serious. Always surprising. Tough Girl in the Jam is an LGBTQ sports novel synced with the tensions of a fraught family drama.

Set in the fast and furious world of women's professional roller derby, Tough Girl in the Jam is a novel about sports, strength, and sacrifice. As the lead Jammer on the Philly Freedoms, Nina must prepare for the biggest season of her life alongside her biggest fan and girlfriend Rachel.

As Nina and Rachel move toward a deeper commitment and contemplate their lives together, Nina's estranged father falls ill, propelling her mother to pressure her to donate a kidney to save him.

When her father's life-threatening crisis falls on the day of the Freedoms' championship, Nina is forced to make the toughest play of her life.

this is an author photo of Larry Loebell author of Tough Girl in the Jam

About the Author

Larry Loebell is a writer best known for his plays La Tempestad and House Divided and for having been one of the EMMY-winning writers on Rugrats season one. He has published two previous books of fiction, The Abundance League and Seven Steps Ahead. This is his first novel. Learn more about him at LarryLoebell-Writer.com

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Stay tuned for more from Sunbury Press!

Thanks for checking out these literary books from our catalog! Sunbury Press has over 600 titles to choose from--the best in fiction and nonfiction through various imprints--and we love helping readers find their next favorite book.

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3 Fascinating Literary Novels about Puerto Rico

Former New York Daily News reporter Robert Friedman pens three fascinating literary novels about Puerto Rico 

Ready for a trip to the Caribbean?

Crime, corruption, colonialism, and compassion. The Puerto Rico Trilogy by Robert Friedman consists of three separate character-driven novels that focus on this Caribbean island and its complex political and social relationship with the US.

Whether you want to see what it's like to live in Puerto Rico or you're in the mood for a well-written literary fiction series, former New York Daily News reporter Robert Friedman's got you covered


Praise for the Puerto Rico Trilogy

Book 1

"Well-written, well-paced, and thoroughly satisfying."

Book 2

"A gripping account of lost love, the temptations of the drug trade, and the struggle to survive in a difficult world."

Book 3

"A wonderful novel that gives you an inside look at what it was like in [1980s] Puerto Rico."

The Odyssey of Pablo Camino

About the Book

The Odyssey of Pablo Camino was inspired by a real-life incident when a stateside doctor, sent to the island for research, claimed in a letter that he purposely killed eight of his patients because of his disgust with the "natives."

In this first novel, the doctor's fictional son, a well-known but troubled Puerto Rican artist, goes on a search for the truth of his father's possibly murderous past.

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The Defining Sea

About the Book

The Defining Sea was also sparked by US-Puerto Rico history. Its plot is derived from the US Navy's decades-long fire and bombing exercises on the inhabited offshore Puerto Rico island of Vieques, which caused death and serious illness.

This story concerns a 20-year-old University of Puerto Rico student who delivers drugs between the island and the states to raise money for a scholarship that will be named after his girlfriend, killed by police during a protest.

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Ulysses in San Juan

About the Book

The year is 1980, and Wolf, a survivor of Auschwitz, is trying once again to build a new life, this time in Puerto Rico. As the final novel in the trilogy, Ulysses in San Juan tells of a captivating relationship between a Jewish concentration camp survivor and a Puerto Rican female drug addict.
It takes the reader on a trip into the San Juan underworld, as well as to other island sites to meet crooked, poignant, and colorful characters.

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Stay tuned for more great books from Sunbury Press!

Thanks for checking out these fascinating novels about Puerto Rico!  Sunbury Press has over 600 titles to choose from--the best in fiction and nonfiction through various imprints--and we love helping readers find their next favorite book.

If you liked what you read, check out these "4 Thrilling Murder Mysteries Set in Pennsylvania" or browse our virtual bookstore.