Maria Adelman’s How to Be Eaten has a fabulous premise—in modern day New York, five women gather for a trauma support group, each of them a modern reimagining of a fairy tale heroine.
“Holding Her Breath is a generational story written in descriptive language with steady pacing. . . .
“The writing is excellent, the characters well rounded with believable human flaws and peculiarities, and the plot intriguing with lots of learning for the reader.”
A multilayered story with a narrative driven by fate and a passionate search for identity and survival in the face of meaningless trauma, Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang i
“The Fashion Orphans is highly recommended for readers who enjoy stories about family ties and the unexpected behavior of relatives and friends, w
“Engaging, suspenseful, courageous, and brimming with a warm heart, Take My Hand will stay with you long after the last page.”
The Patron Saint of Second Chances is a wry and inventive novel about a small-town mayor, Signor Speranza, in the cobblestoned hamlet of Prometto (Italian for "promise").
“a pithy, enjoyable, modern-day story from start to finish, with a cast of fully realized characters you’ll champion to the end.”
“’Over my dead body will you go back to that land of demons and monsters. . . . Did you learn nothing from the past?’”
“a page-turner . . . the two stories intertwine ingeniously.”
“a deeply charming story full of complex insights delivered from a simple, humanistic point of view . . .”
“In The Town of Babylon, Alejandro Varela, whose educational background is in public health, combines a social scientist’s powers of observation and analysis with a master writer’s
“a carefully crafted work of fiction that makes good writing seem easy.”
“Family and home: They’re the grounding of this novel and of humanity.”
“All Come to Dust is one of the best African mysteries of the year.”
“Eleutheria . . .
“soars on the strength of language and passion for the ideas [the author] works hard to depict here, so that if you loved The Sympathizer, and you don’t mind the insistent history
Isabel Allende is a wonderful storyteller. Her distinct voice and her vivid imagination have delighted readers for many years now.
“Pankaj Mishra’s new novel is no less stimulating and insightful than anything else he has written, although there’s no tightly hewn plot here—and the drama that matters is internal.”
“Past and present, fact and fiction loop and intersect, echoes of history filter into modern life . . .”
“a tale of love—platonic, familial, romantic—and of forgiveness and growth, along with acceptance of what life doles out.”
One of the joys of reading literature is discovering an astute author’s powers of observation and finding these deliciously woven throughout the narrative.
“a fascinating piece of writing from a master storyteller”
New Year is a novel about uncontrollable panic, repressed trauma, and the psychological patterns that persist in their aftermath.
“Ultimately, Perpetual West is an engaging tapestry of ideas.”