Kiran Shah is a little different compared to his peers in 1980s Western New York; he is Indian, obviously gay, and also somewhat geeky. His older sister Preeti is more conventional in her ways; while Indian, she has converted to Christianity (and religion will be a large influence on the family in this book), and she fits in well as a pretty cheerleader. She even dates baseball star Shawn for a period in middle school. But Kiran has his own secret relationship with Shawn, which may have contributed to Shawn’s public humiliation of Preeti when they are 12, and Kiran is only 8. The guilt from this event follows him into adulthood, and even spreads out to affect his family.
Before the days of foster homes, there were children’s homes. Massive institutions that housed hundreds of children were the landing spot of vulnerable orphans or displaced children. Some came for temporary situations and others were there until they aged out. In her historically documented novel, Orphan #8, Kim van Alkemade tells the story of one child who grew up in the Hebrew Children’s Home in New York City.
After the tragic death of her mother, Rachel Rabinowitz and her brother Sam became wards of the home. Separated by age, at four years old she found herself housed with the infants, and at six years old, he lived with the elementary aged children. What happened behind those thick stone walls never really mattered in the course of public discussion. Orphans and their care fell under
In Robert Goolrick’s semi-autobiographical novel, The Fall of Princes, Rooney, the mostly unnamed narrator is in his early-twenties when he hits Wall Street. In a split second he begins making insane amounts of money quicker than he can spend it. With lavish parties, vacations, women, houses in the Hamptons, drugs and countless other frivolous purchases, he builds himself a house of cards. He knows, very clearly understands, that it will disappear as quick as it appeared.
During the high times, the events feel surreal, but they capture the pace of 1980s Wall Street in its essence. In the thick of it, Rooney seems unshaken by the strangeness of it all and continues to participate. He sees those around him suffer from the excesses and fall from the tiptops of success, some to the very,
Lucy Lobdell longs for self-sufficiency. But in mid-nineteenth-century America, women’s options are limited as far as financial independence. So, in hopes of providing for herself and her daughter, Helen, Lucy sets out on a journey dressed as a man. Taking on the persona of Joseph Lobdell, she begins building a new life and a new reputation for herself. In the course of her adventures, she falls in love with two women and is loved in return.
Author William Klaber lived in the home of Lucy Lobdell and got her story from a neighbor. Beyond that, he claims to have been compelled by her spirit to write this memoir in her voice. The main events of the story are factual, but the voice of Lucy Ann Lobdell comes from Mr. Klaber’s personal inspiration.