ANGST and DISPAIR, in all capitals, are clearly the driving forces behind Robin Wasserman’s latest novel, Girls on Fire.
The publicity copy for Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Stories explains it all:
“will easily be remembered as one of the most unique and unforgettable werewolf tales ever written.”
Gunnar Bishop assumes guardianship of his five-year-old niece RubyLyn after her parents die. Now, in 1969, RubyLyn ("Roo") is 15 and works in her uncle's tobacco field in Nameless, Kentucky.
“Travis Mulhauser hits it out of the park in his first novel. . . . overwhelming triumph . . .”
“if you like your novels dark and stormy, this one is a winner.”
“The author crafts passages of agonizing psychological self-torment with a master's ear for the perfect phrase.”
Ask Him Why is a multi-layered narrative with a central theme about the consequences of rushing to judgement without trying to understand the other side by first asking, “Why?”
“What meaning does your finite existence have in the infinite world?”
Among the many different cultural subsets in New York City, there is a group of food elitists.
Izabella Rae Haywood, teenage heroine of What the Waves Know, has lost her words. She has not spoken in eight years, ever since her father disappeared on her sixth birthday.
“. . . outstanding on every level . . . heaven sent.”
The Hanging Garden, Patrick White’s posthumous novel, is absolutely luminous, its publication a gift.
“. . . some very fine writing indeed, . . . I want to read [it] aloud just for the joy of hearing precisely how the words have been strung together.”
“Office Girl’s target readership, like its characters, are legally adults—even though some may still be growing up.”
“. . . rich in history, steeped in family tradition, and full of emotion—a lesson in practiced elegance.”
“Self-plagiarism aside, what Skinnydipping lacks is artistry.”
“This tender, coming of age debut novel is seasoned throughout with similes and metaphors, adding spice to the characters and the description of this scenic yet secluded setting.
“Edmund White who wrote The Beautiful Room Is Empty. Edmund White who gave us A Boy’s Own Story as well. It is as if he owes it to us to always excel.
“Leigh Stein’s debut successfully captures the purgatory between childhood and becoming an adult.
“Ultimately, The Marriage Plot is very much a moral tale while at the same time being a literary romp through 80s-style sex, love, and marriage.
“Linda Urbach preserves the integrity of a classic, while adding another sparkling gem to the literary crown.”
“. . . curiosity, that powerful driver of discovery, is only as valuable as what it turns up.
“Child Wonder is an apt title; the author excels at capturing the essence of a young boy trying to navigate changing events in his life.
“. . . brilliant and gritty and urban . . . the most brutal coming of age story imaginable.”
The Kid is by far the most disturbing novel I have ever read.
“. . . a plot-driven novel conveyed in crisp, descriptive, and thought-provoking prose via an engagingly intelligent third-person narrator. . . . an auspicious debut.”