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“an accomplished and impressive debut.”

  • John Rowell, author of the Music of Your life

“A Literary Sleeper”

Back Creek Leslie Goetsch

Back Creek is a pure slice of heaven. If Sarah Dessen were to write a languorous and luxurious coming-of-age novel set in unpredictable estuary waters, the result would be something like this. Goetsch’s language rings with an assuredness that belies the ten years she spent writing Back Creek. That, combined with a memorable cast of characters and a subtly right mixture of everything necessary to a good novel— family secrets, a splash of romance, terror, and self-triumph—makes Back Creek one of the most moving books I have read this year. 4.5/5 Stars.” stEPh su REads

“As summer closes, Goetsch forces Grace to grapple with an original, bold revelation: You can love people, even your family, and not like them.”

  • kiRkus REviEws

“Grace is a sympathetic narrator, whose account of her discoveries about herself, her family, and the young Vietnam veteran with whom she falls in love will hold the attention of readers who prefer their fiction with a more measured pace to its operatically dramatic conclusion.” —Booklist

“With a sure hand and a generous heart, Leslie Goetsch lovingly depicts the land, the water, and the inhabitants of Back Creek, a fictional town on Virginia’s eastern shore, in the summer of 1975. Finely wrought prose, keen observation, and a compellingly authentic voice make this a thoroughly memorable, engaging, and enjoyable read.” —maRGaREt mEacham, authoR oF oySTer moon and a mid-SemeSTer nighTS dream

978-1-890862-52-7 $19.95 Hardcover * 978-1-890862-87-9 $9.99 eBook

Historical Mystery

“a riveting story of faith and betrayal.”

  • Carolyn Hart, Mystery Novelist and

two-time agatha award-winner

the Case against My Brother Libby Sternberg

“Addressing themes of religious intolerance and ethnic discrimination, this YA novel is taut, vivid, and stirring and will appeal to all ages. Highly recommended.” —liBRaRy JouRnal

“Readers will enjoy the inspiring story of Carl finding his way in the world among the bigotry and spread of Bolshevism. This page- turner will keep teens interested, making it a good addition to any library.” —voya (RoByn


“This is a compulsively readable page-turner with thought-provoking social issues, a fascinating peek into a little-known time and place, and a thoroughly real protagonist. The relationship between the brothers is nicely complex. Readers will be intrigued by the mystery, root for Carl’s coming of age, and be reminded that prejudice shifts to target all different groups. Highly recommended.” younG adults (& kids) Books cEntRal (tERRy millER shannon)

“Strongly recommended for grades 7-12. The mystery genre provides a storyline that is filled with historical events and vivid images of life during the Prohibition era . . . Outstanding.” tRi-statE younG adult Book REviEw committEE (Pa, nJ, and dE)

978-1-890862-51-0 $19.95 Hardcover * 978-1-890862-54-1 $14.95 Paperback * 978-1-890862-55-8 $9.99 eBook

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