Book Spotlight: Exclusive Excerpt from Redling’s BAGGAGE

Book Spotlight: Exclusive Excerpt from Redling’s BAGGAGE

# # # “Redling does a superior job of sharing Anna’s fearthat someone is out to get her and that she’s living in a nightmare.” —Publishers Weekly *Starred Review* on Baggage  “A captivating page-turner with a unique setting and intriguing plot.” —The Cascade, UFV Student newspaper on Flowertown  “Redling (Flowertown) demonstrates an acute sensitivity to the nuances of language and the importance of communication as she tells the story of two people caught in the center of a momentous discovery… Read more »

Book Spotlight: Joe Hart’s THE LAST GIRL

Book Spotlight: Joe Hart’s THE LAST GIRL

A mysterious worldwide epidemic reduces the birthrate of female infants from 50 percent to less than 1 percent. Medical science and governments around the world scramble in an effort to solve the problem, but twenty-five years later there is no cure, and an entire generation grows up with a population of fewer than a thousand women. Protagonist Zoey and some of the surviving young women are housed in a scientific research compound dedicated to determining the cause. For two decades,… Read more »

One of My Favorite Books of 2016

One of My Favorite Books of 2016

The cleverly titled Spill Simmer Falter Wither (March 2016) by Sara Baume is already one of my favorite books of 2016. Quiet, intense books appeal to me, particularly when the language is so gorgeously evocative that I need to stop and reread sentences just for the pleasure of their sound. A troubled man adopts a one-eyed dog, a good ratter he hopes, as there are rats in his attic. Ray lives a frightened life and though he is now middle-aged,… Read more »

Diane Les Becquets Discusses Love, Loss, and BREAKING WILD

Diane Les Becquets Discusses Love, Loss, and BREAKING WILD

Today we welcome award-winning YA author Diane Les Becquets to the blog to discuss her recently released debut adult fiction novel, Breaking Wild. There has been so much buzz about this book! It’s earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist as well as a spot on February’s Indie Next List. We are very excited to have Diane join us today. Breaking Wild is available now for purchase so grab yourself a copy and tell your book clubs… Read more »

Reviewer Critiques Strout’s New Novel

Reviewer Critiques Strout’s New Novel

Known for her blockbuster hit Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout’s new novel, My Name is Lucy Barton (January 2016), a slender volume of 191 pages, is a playbook for compression and concision. It’s full of perfect sentences and wise observations, the work of a brilliant novelist attempting to probe beneath the places where mere language usually takes us, into the wordless heart of a mother-daughter bond. Its eponymous narrator recounts a time ‘many years ago’ when she was hospitalized for nine weeks… Read more »