Indies Introduce


  • The Wanting Life, Mark Rader
    Unnamed Press, 9781944700997, February 25, 2020 (Fiction)

    “Father Paul has been a good pastor for 30-plus years and as we meet him in the opening pages, is facing his eminent death. The unfurling of his life's secrets, disappointments and loyalties, shows us through the lens of love, family and faith, the choices and promises made and kept. A pleasure to read from beginning to end, the exploration of Father Paul's life will resonate with readers long after the last page has been turned.”

    Pat Rutledge, A Book for All Seasons (Leavenworth, WA)

    “This perfectly imperfect family captures the wanting that is life- what could have been, what might still be, the pain of loss. What we want, what we lean in to and what we walk away from, what we yearn to return to. It’s as simple and as complicated as that.”

    Nadine Melahn, CoffeeTree Books (Morehead, KY)


    “In Mark Rader’s debut novel, we are introduced to a catholic priest who is dying and reflecting on the choices he has made in his life.  His story is entwined with the journeys of his beloved sister and niece who are also at the crossroads of their lives and facing life-changing decisions.  This well-written story is about secrets. You will care about the Novak family and thank them for sharing their secrets with you and may learn along the way that the secrets we share can sometimes help the ones we love.”

    Lauren Zimmerman, The Writer’s Block Bookstore (Winter Park, FL)

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