Magical Realism for the Current Reality

Magical Realism for the Current Reality

Eye on the Indies: A Look at Indie Authors and Their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Review Editor Prayer for the Living: Stories by Ben Okri (Brooklyn, NY: Akashic Books, February 2, 2021; 216 pages; $24.95; ISBNs: 978-1-61775-863-8 hardcover, 978-1-61775-874-4 ebook). Originally published by Head of Zeus in London, October 2019. “We live in…

Finding Identity in the Netherlands

Finding Identity in the Netherlands

Eye on the Indies: A Look at Indie Authors and Their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Review Editor Djinn by Tofik Dibi, translated (& Introduction) by Nicolaas P. Barr (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, January 2021; 143 pages; $19.95; ISBNs: 9781438481302 paperback, 9781438481319 ebook). SUNY series in Queer Politics and Culture.…

Stories from the Sierra Zapotec

Stories from the Sierra Zapotec

Eye on the Indies: A Look at Indie Authors and Their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Review Editor Red Ants by Pergentino José, translated by Thomas Bunstead (Dallas: Deep Vellum Publishing, November 3, 2020; 152 pages; $14.95; ISBNs: 9781646050192 paperback, 9781646050185 ebook). First published in 2012 as Hormigas rojas by Almadía Ediciones in Oaxaca…

Exploring History Through Clutter

Exploring History Through Clutter

Eye on the Indies: A Look at Indie Authors and Their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Review Editor Clutter: An Untidy History by Jennifer Howard (Cleveland, Ohio: Belt Publishing, September 1, 2020; 176 pages; $26.00; hardcover ISBN 9781948742726; distributed by PGW). “But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived.” —Anne Lamott…

The Pursuit of Home

The Pursuit of Home

Eye on the Indies: A Look at Indie Authors and Their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Review Editor A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas by David Biespiel (Portland, Oregon: Kelson Books, September 30, 2020; 202 pages; $20.00 paperback: ISBN 978-0-9827838-5-6; distributed by SPD). “One is always at home in one’s past….” —Vladimir Nabokov,…

A Collage of Broken Realms

A Collage of Broken Realms

Eye on the Indies: A Look at Indie Authors and Their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Review Editor Driftwood by Marie Brennan (San Francisco: Tachyon, August 14, 2020; 224 pages; $15.95 trade paperback: ISBN 978-1-61696-346-0; $9.99 digital formats: ISBN 978-1-61696-347-7).  “Thus sang Úlfr Uggason: ‘….With old tales the hall was painted.’” —Snorri Sturlson, The…