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Slum: a Novel (New Edition with Study Guide) By Dan Carroll
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SLUM is not the typical boy-meets-girl love story. Their situation is impossible. Robert is a sophisticated president of an organization in New York. Julianna is a former stripper living in a slum... More > on a Caribbean island. Besides, Robert already has a girlfriend; he is not looking for someone else, especially not a married ex-stripper from the far-away Cienaga slum! But, as fate would have it, a six-year-old child, Alba, is the force which brings them together into a rebellious and passionate entanglement which transforms both of them into a deep passion for life itself. An intoxicating love story? A tale of hope for a dying child? A philosophical drama on morality? Reviewers have said SLUM has it all.< Less
The Heaven and Hell Picture By Jean Bailey Glauser
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When Joan Spenser’s twelve-year-old grandson asks her what birthday parties were like when she was his age, she has to admit that she did not go to many. Later, thinking about this conversation... More > and how different things are today, Joan’s memory takes off on a journey it has travelled many times before, back through the years to Southeast London in 1956. While visiting a local museum with her mother, young Joan comes across an unusual and fascinating painting which seems to depict some form of Heaven and Hell. It is in turn beautiful and yet darkly disturbing, and Joan is so mesmerized by it that it will influence her perception of events – some happy, some tragic – that are to occur in the coming months. With the specter of the ancient painting never far from her mind, Joan makes her way through a difficult and at times bewildering year in which she learns that life is not always fair, and people are often not what they appear to be.< Less

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