It's Christmas at The Shores. There's no snow yet, but there are so many lights that the tiny coastal village can be seen from space. One house isn't lit up. It's been dark for years. That's about to change, when Wild Rose Cottage comes to life, and death, again. The third in The Shores series that began with "Revenge of the Lobster Lover," followed by "Mind Over Mussels."
Khan's stories are about ordinary people trying to cope with events that have thrown their daily lives out of sync. His protagonists rise above their circumstances by not giving up. Each of the twelve stories here helps us explore feelings and relationships that are quintessentially urban.
There are books galore for expectant mothers but just a grubby handful for their male companions. Finally this void is filled. "Peanut" tells the touching and hilarious story of one man's journey from dilettante to daddy, exploring all of the doubts, miststeps, misconceptions, exhilaration, and pride along the way. A memoir of a normal first pregnancy, normal but for the parents, grandparents, doctors, and pets involved.
The turn of the first millennium in Anglo-Saxon England was a time of raiding and settlement. The Vikings invaded our shores and our rulers seemed unable to stop them. The Church was in decline, and was apparently unable to cope with this savage and disruptive force.