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Roger Donnelly's best friend says that Jesus and the Virgin Mary have started talking to him. Jesse Montoya is Roger's all-time best pal, and he swears he's having visions and can work miracles. Roger has stood by Jesse since the first grade, but as time passes and Jesse insists his mysticism is real, Roger reluctantly gets dragged into Jesse's weird world of Catholic dreams and maybe-miracles. Our Lady of the Lowriders is a comic novel, a trip through the '60s and '70s with a pair of best buddies trying to make sense out of growing up Catholic in L.A. suburbia. As they fall in love with irresistible girls, battle psycho nuns, and dodge random acts of an apparently pissed-off God, Roger and Jesse learn that the real miracles aren't always so obvious.
Itchy Donner doesn't have much going for him. A rashy eleven-year-old growing up fatherless in a dying backwoods Idaho timber town, Itchy is obsessed with the past-specifically, his family's past. Itchy's the great-great-great grandson of Tamsen Donner, the Donner Party's famous matriarch, and Itchy studies his ancestor's history with the relentlessness that only a true nerd can muster. He and his mother Irene live poor but happy in a ramshackle singlewide, and Irene encourages Itchy's interest and pride in his illustrious ancestors. But their predictable lives are forever turned upside-down when the wandering gyppo logger Red Donner-Itchy's blustery, larger-than-life father-blows back into town looking to make amends for his past and put his family back together again. Itchy Donner is a tragi-comic tale of liars and dreamers, of the distant Donner ghosts who haunt Itchy's present, and of Itchy's quest to understand the past, know his father, and make his family whole again.
Jimmy Biffman's life has just cratered. His wife dumps him for Dr. Dwayne the periodontist, he's downsized out of a job, and he's living in a trailer in his best friend Erica's backyard. So, when Erica hatches a wild scheme to recapture Jimmy's lost youth, he's powerless to resist. Runaways is the journey of two 40-somethings looking for a life they're convinced has passed them by. With a naïve belief in what's possible-and a foolish misunderstanding of the risks-they end up completely out of their element and in way over their heads. The unsavory predators who suck them into their world know exactly what they're doing-unlike Erica and Jimmy, who, like two giddy high-schoolers cutting class, have no idea what they're in for. Their new lives won't turn out remotely as they've planned...
Allison Hassenpfeffer-Thayer is a dreamer, a wide-eyed rainbow chaser whose fertile mind forever spews forth wildly impractical new ideas. Her husband Larry is the opposite-an ultra-anal, organize-your-sock-drawer kind of guy. But they're young and in love, and when Allison cons Larry into moving to a little northwest mountain town to raise emus, he can't say no. But rural paradise sours when Allison becomes a true believer in radical environmentalism and ends up tree-sitting with the ultimate enviro-stud, a swashbuckling alpha-male who calls himself Michael Wolfcaller. Rainbow Gliding Hawk and the Last Stand of the Patriarch is a timely story about saving the world and losing your marriage. It's a contemporary trip with well-meaning folks who inadvertently screw up their lives and learn that true love-and just causes-don't always mix.