“The Orphan of the Salt Winds is a gothic novel both because of its sinister setting—an old, remote house filled with secrets and surrounded by danger—and a heavy
“Leung has enormous potential as a writer, but there’s a layer of complexity that separates her writing from the seas of deep emotion.”
“In this tender and heartfelt story, Sofia Lundberg offers a reminder that those we too easily dismiss, such as the elderly, have rich histories and lives that we can learn from.”
While the works of Amy Tan, Gish Jen, and other popular Asian-American writers have charted the trials and tribulations of immigrants in the United States, Lucy Tan reverses field in her low-key, i
“These stories are indeed strange, but no stranger than the political and moral universe we now inhabit, although infinitely more pleasurable and enticing.”
“as satisfying as a plate of General Tso’s chicken after a night of drinking.”
For those of us living in the Appalachian corridor, the American black bear is seldom an animal to pay much heed.
“This novel contains perhaps one of the most unique characters of the mystery-thriller genre.”
Caleb Johnson’s debut, Treeborne, is a story about a family living in Elberta, Alabama, where a parcel of land, 700 acres in total, arouses deep emotions as it’s about to be flooded over w
"Kukafka eloquently describes the self-destruction that ensues by allowing others to define us."
“A debut novel with an intriguing premise. . . . What is left when everything is gone? What does it mean to be alive in the universe and the grandeur of vast emptiness?”
“An excellent debut . . .”
"special style of storytelling . . ."
“. . . an intelligent page-turning mystery combined with a good dollop of well-told history . . .”
“Ms. Joyce is blessed with a sharp eye for detail . . . she carefully unfolds Harold’s inner journey as his hardened emotional shell begins to crack.”
“Surely there will be other and better works from Ms. Bergman in the future, when her author’s eye is attracted to wider fields of vision.
“Ms. Ivey’s debut novel is a triumph—a splendid retelling of a familiar tale that glows with the intensity of the northern lights and generates its own magic.
“Ms. Pinneo shouldn’t give up.
“Grief never ceases to transform.”
“How the Mistakes Were Made is a fiercely affectionate rendering of that period right before the general public was hungry for the Nirvanas and the Pearl Jams—but hadn’t yet heard
“Toward the end of the novel there is a gutsy shift in narrative tone that lends the ending a sense of closure.
“Coriander, curry, Chinese brothels, drug dens, butchers’ remnants, and brewery smells, tropical heat and Caribbean costume makes this a multicultural city in the west of a dystopian Irelan
“. . . don’t be put off by the magic and sorcery. If you like noir and hard-boiled mysteries, you might want to give Low Town a chance.
“. . . a plot-driven novel conveyed in crisp, descriptive, and thought-provoking prose via an engagingly intelligent third-person narrator. . . . an auspicious debut.”