“‘You have to forget the past so that you can live the future,’ a Syrian immigrant tells Jonas, revealing Lichtman’s key for Jonas to move forward through his pain.”
“Freiman is nothing if not an ambitious writer, unafraid to make vicious fun of those who take themselves far too seriously.
The Ensemble is a novel played to music. It’s the story of four musicians who at college decide to form a string quartet.
Caleb Johnson’s debut, Treeborne, is a story about a family living in Elberta, Alabama, where a parcel of land, 700 acres in total, arouses deep emotions as it’s about to be flooded over w
“Only Killers and Thieves is a powerful debut.”
Katja Petrowskaja has indeed, as her publicist claims, written an “inventive and unique literary debut” as she travels to various countries in search of her family’s dramatic 20th century history.
Spellbinding is an appropriate word to describe S. A. Chakraborty’s debut novel, The City of Brass. Mesmerizing is another.
“The stories told by this voice fill in much, but not all. Limits to complete understanding persist, in the city of Belfast and in Samuel Orr's family.”
". . . prose is clever and taut and generously seasoned with nouns verbing their way into literary history."
"Kukafka eloquently describes the self-destruction that ensues by allowing others to define us."
“Saunders sustains his great talent.”
Emily Robbins has written a lyrical story about love in nearly all of its manifestations.
Imagine you’re a young mother whose two children have vanished. Imagine you’re divorced and sleeping around. Imagine you’re a waitress who likes provocative clothes and makeup.
The setting for this debut novel by Lindsey Lee Johnson is a high school in the over-privileged enclave of Mill Valley, California.
“Nonfiction wrapped up in fiction, academic arguments presented as stories. Sekaran has admirably shown us all sides without bias.”
It’s a fact that everyone knows: America is a country of immigrants. The Irish, the Germans, the Arabs, even the founding fathers and the first colonists, were all immigrants.
Mischling is a gripping, powerful novel of twin Jewish girls who become victims of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele’s medical experiments at Auschwitz.
“We Eat Our Own is lyrical, engrossing, and emotionally compelling.”
“The Nix is an engrossing and impressively researched novel. . . . laudable . . .”
Break in Case of Emergency reads like a novelization of a movie that hasn’t been made yet, but is that a bad thing?
In many ways, the debut novel Home Field resembles the high-school football games at the center of the story: Sometimes white-knuckle dramatic, sometimes too slow, an explosion of smells a
“Five out of five stars for this debut novel.”
“. . . enough horror to transform the most steadfast insect-lover into an arachnophobe.”
“Under the Harrow is eloquent without using overly descriptive narrative, and its psychological insight into Nora’s relationship with her sister is mesmerizing.”
As a veteran movie and television producer, Tracy Barone knows how to tell a story on screens. Her debut novel Happy Family proves that she can also steer an engrossing plot in print.