[Free eBook] Rose Under Glass by Elizabeth Berridge [1950s Literary Drama Novel]

Rose Under Glass by the late British author Elizabeth Berridge, a well-regarded novelist and critic who was also a judge for various literary prizes, is her standalone literary drama novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1961 by William Heinemann.

The story is set in 1950s London as various characters meet and intertwine, the main narrative split between a suddenly-widowed woman who may be able to move on from loss with the owner of a local coffee shop, and a husband moving his family from rural Wales to attempt his dream of publishing, who may find himself losing them as the cost of his career.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, History Essays, Historical Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, are as follows:

  • The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, is her young adult historical literary fiction coming of age novel, set during the 1960s and based on a real-life child evacuation program known as Operation Pedro Pan, starring a Cuban girl and her brother sent alone to the U.S. to flee Castro’s revolution, and their experiences adjusting to a new life; from Ideal Audiobooks, read by Kyla Garcia
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois, is his classic seminal compilation of literary essays about the history and experience of African-American life in the generations shortly after the abolition of slavery; from Dreamscape Media, read by Rodney Gardiner

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook REPEAT] Best Gay Stories: 2008 [LGBT Multi-Genre Anthology]

Best Gay Stories: 2008 edited by Steve Berman is an installment in the annual themed anthology series collecting the year’s best previously-published short stories across multiple genres, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty Lethe Press.

This contains stories by LGBT authors and others writing about gay characters and themes across multiple subgenres, spanning from literary to mystery to speculative to erotic. Contributors include Lambda Literary Award-winning author Tom Cardamone, popular YA author Holly Black, m/m romance author Erastes, and many more.

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[Free eBook] Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. [Celebrity Historical Literary Novel]

Elvis in the Morning: The Story of His Life, From a Fan by the late William F. Buckley Jr., an influential and controversial right-wing intellectual who founded the National Review and also happened to win a National Book Award for one of his spy thriller novels, is his historical literary fiction coming of age novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2001 by Harcourt. This is an historical literary fiction coming of age novel, which is also semi-biographical treatment of Elvis Presley, and includes a foreword with a bibliography of the author’s non-fiction sources.

The story is set during the 1950s onwards, starring a boy who becomes a fan of the King and grows up alongside him, with his idol’s life experiences reflecting upon his own in a culturally-changing America, after a chance encounter leads to an unexpected friendship between them.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Paris Demands by Mike Miksche [LGBT Literary Fiction]

Paris Demands by Mike Miksche is his contemporary gay literary fiction novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This is a journey of self-discovery via overseas travel tourism sort of novel, set in the titular Paris, and while it has a number of m/m sex scenes, is apparently not primarily erotic or even particularly romantic in nature, according to the reviews.

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[Free eBook] Matador by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1930s Literary Novel]

Matador by the late British author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage literary fiction family drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1934 by Victor Gollancz. The novel is set in Spain during the 1930s, and is a family/social drama with f/m romantic suspense elements.

The story focuses on the conflicts between a matador father and his three sons—one dutifully following in his famous bull-fighting father’s footsteps, the second a disabled outcast, and the third and favourite hiding a dark secret—as they clash in their life expectations, with the tensions coming to a head as a young woman who is betrothed to marry one son catches the eyes of both another son and their widower father, as well.

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[Free eBook] Bewildering Cares by Winifred Peck [Vintage WWII Homefront Literary Novel]

Bewildering Cares by British author Winifred Peck is her vintage literary fiction domestic/social drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1940 by Faber & Faber, and this reprint edition includes an introduction by social historian Elizabeth Crawford, who has contributed to the UK government history blog.

The story takes place in the early days of World War II in a British town just outside of Manchester, where a vicar’s wife records her experience of the sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, events that occur in the course of daily life during wartime on the homefront.

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[Free eBook] The One-Eyed Moon by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1930s Literary Drama]

The One-Eyed Moon by the late British author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage standalone literary fiction drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1935 by Victor Gollancz. The story takes place in Spain in the troubled years prior to the Spanish Civil War of the late 1930s (which officially started after this novel was originally written).

This is a mixed personal, family, and political drama where a man and his wife, their conflicts exacerbated by very different backgrounds, and their daughter play out their probable tragedy against the backdrop of the greater national turmoil.

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[Free eBook] The Hero of Saint Roger by Jerrard Tickell [Vintage Post-WWII Literary Satire]

The Hero of Saint Roger by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his vintage standalone literary fiction novel with satirical elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1954 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The story is set several years after World War II, on a fictional Caribbean island which is a popular tourist destination which one day experiences a disaster which forces them to rebuild. With resources difficult to obtain, the islanders hatch a scheme to deceive the outside world into aiding them, which some islanders begin to have second thoughts about even as it gets underway, in a story that both explores and skewers life in both the wartime and postwar years.

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[Free eBook] A Harp in Lowndes Square by Rachel Ferguson [Literary Historical Novel with Paranormal]

A Harp in Lowndes Square by the late English author Rachel Ferguson, an early 20th century journalist and novelist whom Booker Prize-winning author A. S. Byatt cites as a literary influence, is her vintage literary fiction historical novel with paranormal elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1936 by Jonathan Cape, and this new edition contains an introduction by social historian Elizabeth Crawford, who has contributed articles to the UK government history blog.

The story takes place during the 1910s in England, against the backdrop of World War I, starring a pair of twins gifted with “the sight” which allows them to see and experience scenes from the past, which in turn leads them to uncover tragic secrets in their troubled family which they relive as though they were there.

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