The Box

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Abbott Press, Jan 31, 2013 - Fiction - 326 pages
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Its not that Pan Blair, stay-at-home mother of three, has anything against humanity per se. Its just that she finds interacting with its members to be draining to the point of exhaustion. Her husband, however, can neither understand nor live with her introversion. When a scheme of his creation lands them on the brink of homelessness, Pan decides its time to get the hell out of the passenger seat. Its time to take an active role in her own life.

Even though she knows shes not remotely qualified for it, she accepts a management position at a bookstore. Theres something eerily familiar about her new boss, the enigmatic Ignatius Pyre, but Pan has more than a few new revelations coming. As soon as she accepts the job, she faces a Herculean gamut of physical, emotional, and ethical trials. Every day, she learns a little bit more about herself, but nothing could possibly prepare her for the biggest shock of her life.

Pan, it turns out, is short for Pandora, of Greek legend; whats more, Ignatius has been her soul mate throughout time. Together, they are about to turn the world upside down. But rather than unleashing the plague, pestilence, and misery of the legendary Pandoras Box on humanity, they instead liberated the gifts of the godsand Zeus is not exactly pleased.

Now, Zeus relentless pursuit through history has come to a head, and he has just the leverage he needs to force Pan into an impossible choice.

 

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Contents

chapter one Shanghaied
1
chapter two Say what now?
13
chapter three Today is the second day of the rest of your life
22
chapter four You can run but you cant hide
30
chapter five Missing Expectations
43
chapter six Making an Effort
48
chapter seven Cause
53
chapter eight Effect
67
chapter eightteen No running in the bookstore
162
chapter nineteen Summer Time and the Living is Easy?
171
chapter twenty Contract Law and Compromise
179
chapter twentyone Of Course
186
chapter twentytwo Girls Night In?
194
chapter twentythree Indecent exposure
202
chapter twentyfour Temptation
210
chapter twentyfive Tribulation
215

chapter nine Errand
74
chapter ten Would you like that pie la mode?
93
chapter eleven The wages of sin
109
chapter twelve The best laid plans
117
chapter thirteen Of paychecks unreasonable fears and coffee beans
125
chapter fourteen A Mother is never appreciated in her own home
135
chapter fifteen Sheep in Wolfs Clothing
141
chapter sixteen Who we Talking about now or In one ear and blame the Mother
149
chapter seventeen Gilead
154
chapter twentysix Recrimination
221
chapter twentyseven Pursuit
232
chapter twentyeight Revelations
239
chapter twentynine Tempus Fugit
255
chapter thirty Healing
275
chapter thirtyone The Next to Last Chapter
292
chapter thirtytwo The Final Chapter
301
Epilogue
316
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Invariably shortest and last in every class, Laura Ryan Fedelia developed a healthy inferiority complex early on. Though picked on by teachers, peers, and passing waterfowl, Laura learned that she could always be the hero in her own imagination. The Box is the physical representation of that discovery.

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