Detroit in the 1920s proved to be the Paris of the West for many—including Catherine McIntosh and Robert Sage. These two law school students are as passionate about each other as they are their dreams.
From a poor family in the neighborhood of Corktown, Catherine learned early on, the necessity of being resilient. She becomes one of the first women in Detroit to obtain a law degree. Bob, the 'battling barrister,' boxes in order to pay for law school. Despite his gruff and tough-boy personality, he is a friend to all: judges, cops, and even a couple members of the notorious Purple Gang. The couple becomes legendary in legal circles for their commitment to social justice causes—as well as notorious in the local speakeasies and dance halls.
At first, their optimism seems boundless, as it had for many following an era of trauma and challenges that included the 1918 flu pandemic. It isn't long before their passionate courtship turns into a tempestuous marriage. Then the Great Depression hits and their lives are forever changed.
Under the guise of mentor and muse, a frustrated writer and her ambitious teenage protégé take an illicit summer road trip fraught with racial and sexual tension. This is a compelling psychological novel about social norms, artistic ambition, and obsession.
Maggie Barnett works in the media center of a school in Flint, Michigan where she meets Taezha Riverton, an aspiring teenage writer. After discovering that Maggie is also a writer, Taezha turns to her as both mentor and friend.
Alone and childless, it's not enough for Maggie to take Tae to restaurants and poetry slams. Although Tae’s mother has nothing against Maggie, she is less than thrilled when Maggie proposes to take her daughter on a summer road trip. Permission is never explicitly granted, but shortly after school is out for the summer, Maggie and Tae head for the Southeast.
What would it be like to cross the border from one world into a magical place completely unlike anywhere you've ever been? Follow Claire as she journeys from a decaying city into Insominy - a place that can't be located on any map. Insominy is a utopian haven for artists, that is, until it begins to shrink and some of its magic goes awry. Will it become a dystopia similar to the dying city of Pentimento? Claire must live and work in that worsening urban nightmare as she awaits the renewal of her visitor's status to Insominy. Yet is Insominy shrinking so fast that visitors will soon be unable to enjoy all it has to offer? "Insominy" is both a contemporary Urban Fantasy, as well as an identity quest of a middle-aged woman. It is a work of speculative fiction that explores both utopian and dystopian worlds. More than a quest novel, it examines the gray areas in love and friendship, and speaks of loss, transformation, and ultimately redemption.