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Library Corner by Gloria Kinley & Library Lines by Andrea Trembath

Library Corner

New Fiction 

One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm. While the men of the colony are off in the city, attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists and bring them home, these women--all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in--have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world they've ever known or should they dare to escape? Based on real events and told through the "minutes" of the women's all-female symposium, Miriam Toews's masterful novel called Women Talking uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide.

It's only been a few months since Olivia got the all clear, and she's just begun piecing her life back together. But in the year that she spent fighting cancer, a lot has changed, not least in her own marriage to Richmond. Something has happened to the sleepy town of Kesterley on Sea, something big, and it's making everyone uneasy. Suddenly, the place that Olivia has always called home is her treating her like a stranger and old friends won't look her in the eye. So when ghosts from the past come back to Kesterley, it can't be a coincidence. But when everyone is keeping secrets, how can she know who to trust? If your life is a lie, is there  a right time for truth? Find out in Susan Lewis’s new novel called The Secret Keeper.

Someone is Watching. Washed up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after her beloved younger sister inexplicably disappeared following a Hollywood party gone wrong. Liv barely escaped with her life, and her sister was never heard from again. But all this time, someone's been waiting patiently to finish what was started...Four Missing Girls. Now fifteen years later, broke and desperate, Liv is forced to return to the spotlight. She crowd funds a web series in which she'll pose as a real-life private detective--a nod to the show she starred on as a teen. When a mysterious donor challenges her to investigate a series of disappearances outside a town made famous by the horror movies filmed there, Liv has no choice but to accept. Liv is given a cryptic first clue: Follow the white wolf. And now a darker game is about to begin. Through social media, someone is leaving breadcrumbs to follow. As Liv makes increasingly disturbing discoveries, her show explodes in popularity. A rapt internet audience is eager to watch it all--perhaps even at the cost of Liv's own life...Filled with provocative twists and turns as the line between plot and reality blurs in this inventive tour-de-force from breakout writer Jennifer Wolfe called Watch The Girls.

To Stephen O'Connor, Hamlet's dour observation is more than just words. All his life, he has had visions of tragedies to come. When he experiences the vision of a great bird shot from the sky, he knows something terrible is about to happen. The crash of a private plane on Desolation Mountain in a remote part of the Iron Lake Reservation, which kills a United States senator and most of her family, confirms Stephen's worst fears. Stephen joins his father, Cork O'Connor and a few Ojibwe men from the nearby Iron Lake reservation to sift through the smoldering wreckage when the FBI arrives and quickly assumes control of the situation. What seems like the end of the O'Connors' involvement is, however, only the beginning of a harrowing journey to understand the truth behind the Senator's death. As he initiates his own probe, Cork O'Connor stumbles upon a familiar face in Bo Thorson, a private security consultant whose unnamed clients have hired him to look quietly into the cause of the crash. The men agree to join forces in their investigation, but soon Cork begins to wonder if Thorson's loyalties lie elsewhere. Road blocked by lies from the highest levels of government, uncertain who to trust, and facing growing threats the deeper they dig for answers, the three men finally understand that to get to the truth, they will have to face the great menace, a beast of true evil lurking in the woods - a beast with a murderous intent of unimaginable scale. Author William Kent Krueger delivers yet another "punch-to-the-gut blend of detective story and investigative fiction" in his new book called Desolation Mountain .This is a heart-pounding and devastating mystery the scope and consequences of which go far beyond what father or son could ever have imagined. 

New Non Fiction 

When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean chose volunteer to serve his country overseas. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Mitsue Sakamoto saw her family and her stable community torn apart after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Ralph was captured by the Japanese and spent the war in prison camps, enduring pestilence, beatings, and starvation. Mitsue and her family were expelled from their home to rural Alberta, working other people’s land for $1 a day. By the end of the war Ralph emerged broken but a survivor. Mitsue, worn down by years of back-breaking labour, had to start over again in Medicine Hat, Alberta. A generation later, Ralph’s daughter and Mitsue’s son fell in love. Although the war had threatened to erase Ralph’s and Mitsue’s humanity, these two brave individuals somehow managed to forgive. Extraordinary and touching Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto gives readers an insight into what people had to endure during this tragic time.

Krista Law