Brick Mantel Books publishes quality literary fiction and poetry. Our goal is to help readers gain a stronger sense of the world and humanity through literature.
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Overcome with grief following the death of his youngest child, Cal Franklin uproots his wife and teenaged children to far northern Wisconsin. Withdrawn and estranged from all they know, JJ and her stepbrother, John, struggle to adapt to life off the grid and to Cal’s increasingly erratic behavior.
J.C. Mehta details the adversity of mixed ancestry, of what it means to be called a “Pretendian” by fellow Natives, and what a lifetime of being told “you look something” by everyone else brings to fruition—the realization of not fully belonging anywhere.
Once Murray understands he can control his violent impulses, he’s left with a far more unsettling question: does he even want to? Tempered, the sequel to Glass, explores the deadly pull of anger and how we are shaped by—and shape—the ones we love.