Ischiano Scalo. A place where even the main road out to the nearest big town gives up after a couple of miles, where escape from a life of boredom and emptiness is almost impossible. Forced into crimes he never wanted to commit, Pietro reaches crisis point when his parents ignore his pleas for help and his schoolteacher turns her back on him - in desperation, he reaches out for attention, and finds instead a terrible revenge. Escape from Ischiano Scalo comes at a price. Life there will never be the same again.
The bestselling author of I’m Not Scared “beautifully evokes the lopsided streets of an Italian backwater . . . the shadow life of childhood” (The New Yorker). Italian literary superstar Niccolò Ammaniti’s novel, I’m Not Scared, prompted gushing praise, hit international bestseller lists, and was made into a smash indie film. In I’ll Steal You Away, Ammaniti takes his unparalleled empathy for children, his scythe-sharp observations, and his knack for building tension to a whole new level. In a tiny Italian village, a young boy named Pietro is growing up tormented by bullies and ignored by his parents. When an aging playboy, Graziano Biglia, returns to town, a change is in the air: Pietro decides to take on the bullies, his lonely teacher Flora finds romance with the town’s prodigal son, and the inept janitor at the school proclaims his love for his favorite prostitute. But the village isn’t ready for such change, and when Graziano seduces and forgets Flora, both she and Pietro’s tentative hopes seem crushed forever. With great tenderness, Ammaniti shines light on the heart-wrenching failures and quiet redemptions of ordinary people trying to live extraordinary lives. “Deliciously languorous . . . Ammaniti has a Dickensian touch for character study . . . I’ll Steal You Away will do just that.” —The New York Times Book Review “A snapshot of small-town Italian life that could be, just as easily, a tale of small-town American life . . . Ammaniti weaves almost seamlessly between his characters as they spiral slowly toward their inevitable sad conclusions. A-” —Entertainment Weekly “Chilling and intimate, Ammaniti’s work brings life to a deceptively quiet town and its wealth of eclectic and unsettling residents.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
She belongs to my brother...I've stood back for years watching Dax repeatedly screw things up with Kennedy, as if he doesn't think anyone could ever swoop in and steal her away. Breakup after breakup, they always end up back together, even though I've always had a thing for her. I'm tired of waiting. He had his chance. I want mine.When Dixie's Alibi - her Grandmother's bar - needs a new cook for the food truck, I jump at the opportunity, despite the fact that Kennedy Ward hates me. At least, she pretends she does. We both know she secretly wants me and always has.One way or another, I will get her to finally admit it, even if it involves losing my brother. I plan to play dirty - real dirty - just like he did. This time I'm going to beat him at his own game. I wanted her first, and he knew that, but our age kept us apart. Not anymore.Now, I'm grown and ready to take what should've been mine to begin with.
Gregory, Valea, their baby Crys and Taylok leave Rockworld and arrive in a small Wyoming town. Upon seeing Valea and Taylok, the clerk leaps to the conclusion that they are space aliens. He calls the town sheriff, but eventually tries to take matters into his own hands. The sheriff travels to Fairwater Lake to examine the remains of a prize bull and finds some surprising tracks at the scene. The search culminates in a deadly fight on a boat. Driggett and Leana are escorted to a Supreme Council meeting in Stonehaven Hall. Ambitious Gazer Stonemaker tells of a terrifying invasion of Rockworld by creatures identified only as the Kanan. Driggett is needed to locate and utilize the prime pyrite crystal, regarded as the single weapon that might save the Nehwisna. A small band sets out on a nearly impossible quest to find the weapon. Gregory is reunited with Driggett, but the expedition has proved deadly and only a handful of the original force remain, together with Arak, a half human whose motives remain unclear. Valea succumbs to the Kanan in battle and lies lifeless in Gregory's arms. Only one thing can save her, and its use remains illusive.
Efosa Ewuare is a young and successful entrepreneur whose values are shown in his love for his family and friends and yet he is haunted by the memories of his past. He falls in love with Adetutu Bhadmus, a smart and independent woman with whom he has a unique bond, a bond that is tested as Tutu pushes him to confront his fears which still governs his life and threatens to ruin everything they had built together.
There are a million stories and reasons why people do the things that they do online. For me, my story begins with the color fuchsia. I thought to myself, This is not evil, it is my balance. Then it came to methe name of the Web site. I whispered it quietly to myself, saying the name out loud for the first time as I typed it into the address bar and hit Search. Little did I know as I entered the pretty fuchsia site that this was my first of many visits to hell.
Winning Strategies for Creating and Sustaining Customer Loyalty
Author: Harvey Thompson
Pubpsher: FT Press
Category: Business & Economics
Rebuild customer loyalty, strengthen customer relationships, and leverage the immense power of customer co-innovation! Harvey Thompson's Who Stole My Customer?? is the world's definitive guide to rebuilding customer loyalty: must-reading in C-Suites and top business schools worldwide. That's no surprise: for decades, Thompson has been the go-to expert for CxOs seeking to optimize their customer growth and retention strategies. Now, in this extensively updated Second Edition, Thompson sharpens his focus on two of the most crucial strategic challenges identified by 1,300+ current CEOs: strengthening customer relationships and promoting innovation. Drawing on his immense enterprise experience, Thompson helps you overcome fundamental corporate culture issues that impede both relationship-building and innovation. Next, he demonstrates how to construct customer-driven business models and management systems that improve retention by systematically involving customers in co-innovation around goals and visions they help define. Who Stole My Customer?? Second Edition helps you identify up-to-the-minute answers to the classic "tough questions" surrounding loyalty: Who's stealing my customers? Why is it happening? How can I stop it? How can I win back lost customers? You'll discover new ways to view business processes through customer's eyes… identify today's real drivers of loyalty… tightly focus relationship investments for maximum value… rebuild touch points around customers' current and future needs. Throughout, updated questions help you apply Thompson's techniques in your competitive environment. Thompson's questions have also been updated to serve MBA or Executive MBA level students more effectively as they seek to add more value in future work assignments.