ON MY RADAR
The Night Telephone
by Greta GorsuchDr. Tarak Kapoor cannot sleep. He has just taken a job as a telemedicine doctor in Texas. Garnet is two days and five airports away from his home in Mumbai. Tarak is so tired, but his body thinks it’s lunchtime in India. By 2:30 a.m. he is wandering the empty streets. To his surprise, he finds a brightly lit pay telephone next to a set of broken traffic lights. Even though it’s the middle of the night, people drive up one by one and make calls. Why on earth are they here at this hour? Who are they calling?
by Greta Gorsuch
Meet Queen, who drives a garbage truck in little Garnet, way out on the plains of West Texas. Queen's awful aunt and her own mother are plotting to put Queen's grandmother into a nursing home and then take her things. It's up to Queen to put things right.
Review on Amazon: "Casually poetic and unpretentious meditation on family dynamics in West Texas."
by Greta GorsuchIt is June, 1933 in little Wellington, Texas. The townspeople, farmers, and ranchers just want it to rain. They’re off alone in the Texas Panhandle, and the whole country is coming to pieces around them. But odd things are going on. For a starter, there’s a big, luxurious red V8 Ford cruising around the lonely country highways at night without its headlights on. And a bright blue rubber child’s play ball keeps showing up—and disappearing—as if the thing has a mind of its own. Then, small town life gets really strange when outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow pay a visit.
The Three Lives Of Maul Entringer
by Greta GorsuchOn a cold spring morning in 1925 in Garnet, Texas, Maul Entringer and Mabel Johnson are married. Together, they build a life in the Flats, the only part of Garnet where African Americans are allowed to live. They won’t stay long. They’ll find a better town with more opportunities. But there are a few things Maul has not told his young, beautiful wife. Things happened to Maul when he was young, and he can’t escape them. Set in 1920s Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico, The Three Lives of Maul Entringer shows how one man learns to live with his past. Maul meets ghosts, and even becomes a ghost—twice—as he reclaims his life and love for Mabel.
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‘Queen was having luck on the fly front. She hit whatever fly she aimed at with her blue plastic fly swatter. No flies escaped her. The problem was, there were always more flies. Perhaps it was because she drove a garbage truck.’
Quote from Queen Serene (2020, Gemma Media)
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The Three Lives of Maul Entringer
by Greta Gorsuch
Giveaway ends February 15, 2022.
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