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The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes

by Tess Uriza Holthe

San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2007 ALA Notable Book of 2007 The 5:45 train to Cannes . . . It links northern Italy with the French Riviera while running like a thread through lives that touch one another in unexpected and often secret ways: Chazz, the heir to a great fortune; GianCarlo, a kindhearted young Italian thief; Anais, who feels the insults of age; and Sophie, a talented young photographer. At the center we find beautiful, bereaved Claudette, wife of the doomed Chazz, making the journey to Cannes, where she, like all the others, remembers her past and draws from it irresolvable feelings of strength and fragility, meaning and emptiness, permanence and loss. In these linked stories, Tess Uriza Holthe peers deeply into the inner lives of these women and men. Sad and lovely, often at the same time,The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes takes us to places where we are happy to linger, in the world and in the human heart.

When the Elephants Dance

by Tess Uriza Holthe

As the U.S. and Japan battle over the Philippines late in WWII, several families hide in a cellar where they glean hope from stories and folktales. These stories of love, survival, and family blend the supernatural with the rich, little known history of the Philippines, the centuries of Spanish colonization, the power of the Catholic church, and the colorful worlds of the Spanish, Mestizo, and Filipino cultures.

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