Book 1

Frankie and the Secret

Frankie and the Secret

Thomas Nelson Incorporated. 1996

Frankie, a retarded twenty-five-year-old, knows who's been burning barns in Mansfield, Missouri, during the summer of 1907, but he was sworn to secrecy.

Frankie's Place

Frankie's Place

Open Road + Grove/Atlantic. 2007

“A joy to read—a portrait of a place, a way of life, and a marriage by a reporter who turns out to be the world’s last extant romantic” (Joan Didion). In this Tracy-Hepburn romance, a sophisticated New York intellectual is charmed by a down-to-earth newspaperman. Frankie’s Place is the tale of a summer cottage and the story that unfolds under its roof. Jim Sterba is the down-to-earth newspaperman who charms the New York sophisticate, Frances FitzGerald, after several visits to her writer’s...

The Widows of Wichita County

The Widows of Wichita County

MIRA. 2017

A fan-favorite story of heartbreak, hope and the incredible power of female friendship from New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas, originally published in 2003. Randi Howard, Anna Montano, Meredith Allen, Helena Whitworth and Crystal Howard have absolutely nothing in common apart from their husbands’ work. They are all married to men who live to search for "black gold," men who are willing to exchange backbreaking work and long days for danger and excitement—and money. But on a...

One Night of Madness

One Night of Madness

Stokes McMillan. 2009

The year was 1950. Mary Ella Harris, works hard sharecropping alongside her husband, a man with a penchant for gambling, drinking, and associating with unsavory white people. When she is cornered in her home by Leon Turner, a white man who refuses to take no for an answer, Mary Ella narrowly avoids an attempted rape. After his arrest, Leon escapes jail and enacts a bloody revenge with two accomplices. With the eyes of the nation watching, the state itself is on trial. The jury's...

O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories

O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories