Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

Set in the '70s at Odessa Texas, the story begins with Gloria Ramirez, who is just fourteen years old, observing closely of a young cowboy who is sleeping in his truck. She is waiting for the right time to run away before he sobers up. As the sun rises, offering…

Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger

Frank recalls the memories of the summer in 1961 when he was a thirteen-year-old boy in a small town of New Bremen, Minnesota. The story is narrated by Frank forty years after, looking back at that particular summer which visited by frequent deaths in various forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.…

The Ninth Hour, Alice McDermott

This story focuses on Sally, who grows up in a convent after her father committed suicide, leaving her mother as a widow before Sally was born. Growing up in the convent has piqued her interest to become a nun. Her mother refuses to let her go until she was reminded…