Alice McDermott’s first novel, A Bigamist’s Daughter, was published in 1982, when the Village Voice praised it for avoiding the fantasy that “growth is everyone’s birthright, and
“At the age of 27, author Jinwoo Chong is already a major literary talent.”
“The Rooftop Garden adroitly weaves the themes of friendship, responsibility, and climate change into an unlikely thriller.”
“a compelling, unique read.”
From the first paragraph, this debut novel grabs the reader with its voice as well as its dramatic plot setup:
Debut novels are often overlooked by avid readers because of the wealth of works by well-known authors. This one should not be.
Given that this novel is about a cooking competition on TV, there’s no surprise that it’s composed of mixed ingredients.
Let’s see . . . we have tropes borrowed from:
“Like in the best comedy, Goddard disguises some of our deepest and hardest truths in jokes that make us both laugh and then . . .
“The significance of the dreams and the meaningful role they play in the plot is well done as is the blending of Cree mythology. . . . .
“a poignant tale that doesn’t shy from sharp edges, a universal story both timeless and timely.”
“A tale to please YA readers and well beyond, it’s a poignant story that doesn’t shy from sharp edges, universal, timeless, and timely.”
“After Sappho is a women’s text in that it is non-linear, non-hierarchical, multi-voiced, innovative, and highly creative and original.”
“this debut is a page-turner that will keep the reader . . . glued . . .”
“With its language and momentum, the book propels a reader to the last page.”
“Abbas has drawn a rich and believable cast of characters, and we feel sympathy and involvement with them all.”
“The stories of two families—one Hindu, the other Muslim—are interwoven in Aanchal Malhotra’s lush debut novel, which spans almost a century . . . "
“the brilliance of Gunty’s writing and thinking expressed so originally and stunningly will keep most people turning every page in this novel of wild imagination, wisdom, and originality.”
“Noir land is always smoke and mirrors, and for those who like entering that world, be assured that Murphy is already at work on his next book.”
“Butcher manages to create relatable, believable characters with real flaws, real needs and wants, fleshing them out with tongue-in-cheek humor.”
“A good gift for readers over a wide spectrum, especially those who like their exploration laced with a hint of mystique, mystery, and the mystic in a tropical locale.”
Plot points abound at the beginning of Hays’ Pesticide: rioters attack police in central Bern, resulting in a murder; police officer Giuliana Linder deals with accidental homicide while re
Far from the marshland where her family grew up and that claimed her father’s life, Loni Mae Murrow has found a quiet niche where she creates intricate life-like drawings of birds for the Smithsoni
This novel is an insightful tale of an unnamed young woman venturing into the field of medicine.
“readers are treated to a solid police procedural set in a town rarely represented in the mystery genre but well worthy of a close read.”
“lyrical beauty of Manfredi’s prose . . . at its heart, The Empire of Dirt is a rich puzzle impossible to resist.”
“This is a very funny, easy to read novel that has an edge thanks to its main character’s charade.”