Beautiful and Terrible Things

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Pub Date 18 Jul 2024 | Archive Date 30 Jul 2024

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Description

"A beautifully crafted story of friendship and self-discovery set amidst the harsh realities of today's world. Superb!" -Eileen O'Finlan, author of Erin's Children

Charley Byrne isn't really living. At age 29, she hunkers down in her apartment above the bookstore she manages. Then quirky activist Xander Wallace lures her out of social exile with the prospect of friendship and romance. Charley joins Xander's circle of friends diverse in their heritage, race, gender, and sexual orientation. She thrives—even leaving her comfort zone to join protests in a city grappling with social justice ills.

But the new friendships bring back-to-back betrayals that threaten the bookstore—Charley's haven—and propel her into a dangerous depression. Can her friends save the store? And Charley?

The characters in the contemporary novel Beautiful and Terrible Things by S.M. Stevens will feel like old friends to many readers and offer an eye-opening perspective on the world today to others. They represent the real people behind the statistics and show how individuals can choose many different paths to social justice engagement.

"A beautifully crafted story of friendship and self-discovery set amidst the harsh realities of today's world. Superb!" -Eileen O'Finlan, author of Erin's Children

Charley Byrne isn't really living...


A Note From the Publisher

S.M. Stevens began writing fiction during back-to-back health crises: a shattered pelvis and ovarian cancer. She writes contemporary novels and short stories designed to make readers laugh, cry and think. In addition to her focus on adult fiction, she has published novels for Young Adult and Middle Grade readers. She lives in New Hampshire.

S.M. Stevens began writing fiction during back-to-back health crises: a shattered pelvis and ovarian cancer. She writes contemporary novels and short stories designed to make readers laugh, cry and...


Advance Praise

2024 Literary Titan Silver Book Award Winner

"Beautiful and Terrible Things by S.M. Stevens is a compelling literary novel with resonant themes and characters that stay with readers after the last page is turned." -Readers' Favorite

"S.M. Stevens creates a fine juxtaposition of beautiful and terrible moments in a life already frayed by self-destructive tendencies, depression, and isolation. It's highly recommended for diverse audiences interested in how social and political consciousness evolves and how self-analysis influences that process." -Midwest Book Reviews

"Beautiful and Terrible Things is not just a story about overcoming adversity but also a reflection on the intrinsic beauty that can be found in life's most formidable moments." -Literary Titan

"The six protagonists have the type of friendship that makes the reader think, I want to live in that city and be a part of that group. They are almost like the Friends gang, only more diverse and set in the 2020's." -Julie Sara Porter, Reedsy Discovery

"A potent juxtaposition of things painful to bear and inspiring to behold, Beautiful and Terrible Things is an eloquent novel that fully lives up to its name." -Indies Today

"A poignant, whirlwind read that grabs you. A story so relevant it vibrates." -Tina O'Hailey, author of Dark Drink

2024 Literary Titan Silver Book Award Winner

"Beautiful and Terrible Things by S.M. Stevens is a compelling literary novel with resonant themes and characters that stay with readers after the last...


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ISBN 9781685134471
PRICE US$6.99 (USD)
PAGES 392

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