“Holding Her Breath is a generational story written in descriptive language with steady pacing. . . .
“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
Louise Nealon has been, fairly and unfairly, compared to Sally Rooney, and with her first novel, Snowflake, she seems poised for prizes and movie adaptations.
“In this debut, Huisman has already given her readers a richly textured portrait of an enthralling woman you might love as a dinner companion—but never as your mother.”
“Whether Jim Shepard is a prophet or just a great writer with a clever concept, we’ll probably never really know.
In Marisa Silver’s book, The Mysteries, she tackles the conundrum of relationships—of family, of friends, of children, of adults. And therein lies the mystery of the title.
This book is a good example of how packaging and promotion can hit or miss with an audience.
“A unique and heartfelt story that taps into an uncommon family dynamic, showcasing how love is resilient and healing, even among the broken and the brokenhearted.”
“Sathian, who writes with great assurance and verve, wields her pen like a magnifying lens to examine the foibles of immigrants who are high achievers but somewhat insular and insecure.”
“A dark and twisted but riveting story.”
“Readers eagerly await more from a writer whose finger is on the pulse of the 21st century.
A Crooked Tree is a sonorous ode to youth with all its innocence, angst, disillusionment, and unfiltered honesty.
“The Fortunate Ones is a fathoms-deep exploration of love, loyalty, and the ties that bind, written masterfully from all angles.
White Ivy is a suspenseful novel with a protagonist who is intentionally portrayed as an anti-heroine.
“Miss Iceland is a beautiful novel about artistic aspiration and friendship. The storytelling sparkles . . .”
“We learn of a father’s love, a mother’s brokenness, disparity between brothers and sisters, yet, in the ugliest or most beautiful of exchanges, true kinship and bonds are discovered.”
Jane, the so-called “Pizza Girl” of this debut novel by Jean Kyoung Frazier, lives in her own head. She works at a takeout pizza joint, delivering pizzas to a regular crew of characters.
“it’s the perennial conflict between motherhood and career, but not the way most readers might expect.”
“Nothing More Dangerous is the next best thing to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird . . .”
In her latest novel, New York Times bestselling author Alison McGhee tackles a moral conundrum that promises to push all the buttons around freedom of choice.
Few mothers can imagine having strong enough ties with their family that they would choose to leave a daughter behind. This is that story.
“Schumann has an eye for detail, an ear for the rhythmical sentence, and a voice that is clear and resonant.”
“Garcia has created a way for these four teens to challenge the way they view themselves, each other, their community, and what they each dream for their future.”
“This just may be the perfect book for our times, when acknowledgement of common ground and empathy are sorely needed.”
As we approach adulthood, we convince ourselves that the mental scripts that have defined us for nearly our entire lives can be discarded. Or altered. Or at least minimized.