Monthly, a look at indie authors as well as their publishers. A great resource for writers seeing not only notable reads, but publishers they may want to query for their own manuscripts.
In this inaugural volume of the New Oceania Literary Series from the University of Hawai’i Press, islanders of Micronesia address centuries of still-festering wounds inflicted on their atolls by the world.
Dottoressa is not your typical autobiography. Susan Levenstein's cross-cultural perspective in her engaging memoir creates an in-depth comparison of two healthcare systems as well as two lifestyles.
A "thought-provoking debut collection" from Janice Margolis features five short stories spanning cultures, countries, perspectives, and more.
"In an amazingly lovely way, Christian Kiefer has offered a cautionary tale for current times." Lanie Tankard reviews "a 2019 standout title."
"Author Duanwad Pimwana captures everyday life in Thailand with detailed observations presented through the eyes of one deserted little boy...in a way that bypasses sadness and borders at times on humor."
"The book is a portent to be read with care, a messenger from ancient ages auguring a future devoid of meaning unless heed is paid to the trivia around us." In Lia Purpura's recent book, she offers twenty essays noticing little things and then riding the train of thoughts they inspire.
Fiction is stranger than truth in this plucky memoir by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, who tells of her experience playing for a "fake" orchestra and explores why people are drawn to fake realities.
Time and space become shapeshifters in Melissa Scott’s latest novel, FINDERS. This fascinating genre mashup embodies ancient myths in future worlds, while remarking metaphorically on issues in the present.
AYA DANE by Mhani Alaoui is an elegant exploration of invisible cultural memories, creatively rendered on a canvas of migration. Here in her second novel, Mhani Alaoui shapes a well-thought-out protagonist with astute observations on the fear of those who are different—and on walls.
This month: Lanie Tankard reviews WHITE DANCING ELEPHANTS by Chaya Bhuvaneswar, from Dzanc books.