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The Golden Door

by Kerry Jamieson

What happens when the land of the free turns out not to be free at all? A young Irish immigrant to prohibition era New York finds himself having to pay a high price in pursuing his dream. A stark realistic snapshot of the period, which combines the best and worst of the American dream.

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Will walked out onto the girder they had just fused into place like a man walking out onto the diving board at a public swimming pool. Will could almost imagine that the girder would bend like a diving board beneath his feet and that it would twang with reverberations as his weight left it. He couldn't leave Isobel behind, though, not until every possibility had been exhausted.

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And All the Saints by Michael Walsh
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