“It all adds up to a slightly nasty book whose pages turn easily . . .”
Debut novels are often overlooked by avid readers because of the wealth of works by well-known authors. This one should not be.
It is 1963, and Beatrix Thompson is reminiscing about the past few decades of her life, particularly when she spent time in America.
“so layered and deft—and, ultimately, engaging—this book seems certain to advance Catton’s already considerable reputation as a major literary talent.”
Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Dance Tree tells more than it shows.
“Melinda Moustakis’ arrestingly vivid and richly realized new novel Homestead depicts the interior lives of two Alaskan homesteaders in the 1950s so convincingly that it often read
“Like in the best comedy, Goddard disguises some of our deepest and hardest truths in jokes that make us both laugh and then . . .
“For readers, writers, immigrants, patriots, and expatriates the world over, Darkness by Bharati Mukherjee is a study in excellence of a short story’s highest achievement.”
“The Laughter is a brilliant, totally absorbing character study.”
“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.”
“Rushdie’s Victory City is another fabulous novel set in his native India, even if it doesn’t reach the heights of Midnight’s Children.”
“Haynes is a perceptive writer, and you’ll likely find yourself agreeing with her interpretation of the Medusa myth.”
“Hats were to be kept on at lunch, but not worn in the evening. Nothing that sparkled before sunset. No white shoes after Labor Day.
“this novel asks one of humanity’s most important questions . . .”
“After Sappho is a women’s text in that it is non-linear, non-hierarchical, multi-voiced, innovative, and highly creative and original.”
The Mitford Affair, an historical novel, begins in July 1932 and follows the aristocratic Mitford family through April 1941, as Britain recovers from World War I and reluctantly plunges in
“Ash is such a compelling, if disturbing, character, and Hall’s writing is so eloquent that Glitterland is more substantial than the usual gay romcom.”
“paints the conflicts and stories that define the ordinary and memorable, finely etched with myriad details, that altogether reflect back on the readers’ essential humanity.”
“Deborah Goodrich Royce handles the balance of Reef Road’s off-kilter story with a magnificent, firm grip.
“When I knocked a guy down, there was no second part to the story.”
—St. Louis Cardinals and Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson
“From the beginning Morrissey designs numerous situations through foreshadowing, red herrings, and solid clues calculated to grab the reader by the neck and not let go until the end of the
“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.”
“A book for die-hard Cormac McCarthy fans . . .”