“A desperate, gritty story set against a backdrop of hard knocks and hard times, Donna Everhart’s historically researched The Saints of Swallow Hill is the triumphant story of unli
“a kind of master class in voice . . . the world of literature is much richer now that Longing and Other Stories is available for English readers.”
“This is Joella’s first novel, and it’s an assured performance, full of nicely observed detail. It may not have a Big Theme, but it has lots and lots of heart.”
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“The stark and concise portrayal of the pandemic gives food for thought about what exactly matters most in one's life.”
“War Women is another fine addition to a series that continues to entertain.”
The Teller of Secrets by Bisi Adjapon is a coming of age, character-based novel that follows Esi’s first-person recounting of her girlhood in newly independent Ghana in the 1960s.
Gracie Tellman, happily married and the mother of three young children, is shocked when Millie Foster, the daughter of her deceased best friend, shows up at her house.
“. . . thought-provoking, hope-filled, and inspirational.”
“The Hidden Child raises the disturbing question: How many of these fictitious people would have cheered Hitler on?”
Stephanie Gangi’s magnificent second novel, Carry the Dog, captures the paralysis of the daily world so well that it’s a genuine surprise to realize that it’s set before the pandemic.
“For mystery readers looking for an entertaining read with a character who is off the beaten path, Grave Reservations will be a pleasing entry.”
That Jonathan Franzen has large ambitions as an author is not news. Nor is it news that his success has been large.
Trauma can have long-term and devastating effects on one’s mind, body, and spirit. In Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s novel Savage Tongues, the author explores the aftermath of trauma.
How many people do not live with some regret or the desire to have done things differently? It is 1995, and 15-year-old Maggie Dawes believes she lives in the shadow of her older sister, Morgan, wh
“Strout, once again, demonstrates that she certainly knows human nature.”
Once Upon a Wardrobe tells the story of the inspirational threads author C. S. Lewis wove together in his 1950 fantasy novel for children, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.
“Beard’s writing brings the premise of each chapter to life, allowing the reader to become the protagonist of the moment, experiencing the situation in which she finds herself.”
“There’s a rawness to [the story], and a realness to the writing, that makes Miriam Toews a master of the novel. Every book of hers is magic.
“A vigorous road novel teeming with wild hairpin turns and irresistible, enduring characters . . .”
“Jo Hamya’s highly impressive, smart, and sophisticated debut novel Three Rooms is a contemporary response to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.”
“The plot barrels along at an intense pace, straight into . . . a shocking cliffhanger of an ending.
“A tour de force about failure and success, connection and isolation, about how we shape our lives by the stories we tell about them, and, ultimately, how stories redeem us.”
“romantic novels exist not just to sustain a fantasy, but also to help people learn how to love and celebrate it.”
“eminently readable, and its emotional effects linger beyond the last page.”