Drift Stumble Fall by M. Jonathan Lee

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Richard isn’t happy with his life. He often feels resentful of his wife and children, burdened by the weight of responsibility that goes hand-in-hand with having a family. When he isn’t hiding in the bathroom to get a break from his family, Richard can be found gazing at a neighbor’s home. Bill and his wife seem to have a perfectly peaceful life, and Richard envies them. Meanwhile Bill—a father without children—envies Richard and his young family. Both men wish for what the other has, neither one realizing that they are both deeply unhappy.

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A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

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It’s a day like any other at the Center—the last abortion clinic to remain open in the state of Mississippi—until a man with a concealed weapon gains entry to the clinic and starts shooting. In the aftermath, the dead lay where they fell, and the remaining occupants of the clinic (some of whom are wounded) are held hostage. Hugh McElroy is the hostage negotiator on the scene, but this isn’t like other hostage situations he’s been involved in: this time, his own daughter is one of the hostages trapped inside.

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Dead Ernest by Frances Garrood

After sixty years of marriage, Annie found herself alone after her husband Ernest’s sudden death.  Concerned she wasn’t grieving properly, her son Billy asked Annie’s local vicar, Andrew,  to visit with her and see if he could find out what was wrong. Andrew agreed and started seeing Annie regularly, listening to talk about her life and how she came to be stuck in an unhappy, abusive marriage. Andrew sympathized with her, being in an unhappy marriage himself. Continue reading