Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, O. Henry Award and Edgar Awards, the 19 writers in this 2005 edition are not just considered some of the best Southern writers, but among the best American writers period. With works by such writers as Dennis Lehane, Moira Crone, Robert Olen Butler, Cary Holladay, Tom Franklin, and Rebecca Soppe, this collection provides an electrifying current of deep, dark subjects set in the brutal, but charming south.
Sharise Sills is one of the main characters in the human trafficking novel Indigo Tears by Dennis Butler. Even before Sharise arrives at her final destination (a horrible living hell), she becomes the leader and protector of the other victims. Sharise becomes the source of hope and courage for the other women, often putting her own life on the line to protect the weaker and terrified victims. Sharise is a fictional character who lives in my heart. She represents all that the human race can be.
"SAD STORY WITH A HAPPY ENDING!"
Carlo Diamante wonders if the beautiful and mysterious woman he keeps seeing is stalking him. If she is stalking him, why does she keep disappearing in the crowd when he approaches her? He wonders if she is just an illusion. Perhaps she is a dream woman created by his vivid imagination. Carlo finally confides in his very ill sister, who tells him there is something very special about this woman and that Carlo needs to find her. Meanwhile another mystery is unfolding in the jungles of the Amazon.
"Lovely Story! Made my heart happy!"
In the year 2234, scientists have successfully achieved forward time travel. The Research Institute at Turtle Lake, North Dakota, has spent over 30 years working on the project. Lane Mason would be the first human to enter the capsule. And Lane knew when he volunteered for the project that he would never be able to return. When he exits the capsule in 3853 to find a brutal world where the human race has been enslaved by huge corporations, Lane regrets leaving the capsule.
"INVENTIVE AND ENTERTAINING!"
An alien race has traveled 9,000 light years to reach Earth. They brought with them, a cure for cancer and all infectious diseases as well as advancements in propulsion technology. But is the human race ready to welcome a superior race? Is the human race ready to move beyond the narrow-mindedness of a territorial mentality? Is the human race prepared to trust strangers from a far-away world?
"The good reaper"
In the not too distant future, 10-year-old Kevin Finley (Fin) receives a narrow-bandwidth radio signal on his home holo-system from deep space. Before long, Fin becomes an international celebrity, appearing on talk shows and late night holographic programming. Fifteen years later Fin is about to embark on a deep space mission to find the source of the signal.
"Wonderful Story!!! Cant wait for the next one!!!"