Description Brings the Past to Life

Description Brings the Past to Life

“Simple Things Beautifully Described” By WTP Guest Reviewer Philip Lawton Telling Sonny: A Novel by Elizabeth Gauffreau (New York, NY: Adelaide Books, December 1, 2018; 340 pages; $22.30). In Telling Sonny: A Novel, Elizabeth Gauffreau brings her extraordinary gift of observation to the insular world of inland America in the mid-1920s. Faby Gauthier, the central character,…

The Town of Whispering Dolls

The Town of Whispering Dolls

Finding Reality in Fiction By Dan Wakefield, WTP Guest Writer The Town of Whispering Dolls by Susan Neville (Tuscalossa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, March 2020; 216 pages; $17.95). Winner of FC2’s Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. We always hear that “truth is stranger than fiction.” Sometimes fiction conveys a deeper truth. That’s what happens…

CHIMERICA by Anita Felicelli

CHIMERICA by Anita Felicelli

Eye on the Indies: A Look at Indie Authors and Their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Review Editor Chimerica by Anita Felicelli (Santa Rosa, CA: WTAW Press, September 5, 2019. 296 pages; $18.95; paperback ISBN 978-1-73298-201-7). “The Lemur People are older than Homo Sap, much older.” —William S. Burroughs, Ghost of Chance Anita Felicelli’s…

Indigenous Literature

Indigenous Literature

Eye on the Indies: A Look at Indie Authors and Their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Review Editor Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia, edited by Evelyn Flores and Emelihter Kihleng (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2019. 384 pages; $90.00 hardback, ISBN 9780824875411; $30.00 paperback, ISBN 9780824877460). New Oceania Literary Series editor: Craig Santos Perez “Even…

TERMINATION SHOCKS by Janice Margolis

TERMINATION SHOCKS by Janice Margolis

Eye on the Indies: A Look at Indie Authors and their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Review Editor Termination Shocks by Janice Margolis (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, April 14, 2019). 192 pages; $19.95, paperback original ISBN 978-1-62534-420-5. “But how is it That this lives in thy mind? What see’st thou else In…

PHANTOMS by Christian Kiefer

PHANTOMS by Christian Kiefer

Eye on the Indies: A Look at Indie Authors and their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Review Editor Phantoms by Christian Kiefer (New York: Liveright Publishing, April 9, 2019). 288 pages; $26.95, hardcover ISBN 9780871404817. “These faces in the mirrors Are but the shadows and phantoms of myself….” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Masque of Pandora…

BRIGHT by Duanwad Pimwana

BRIGHT by Duanwad Pimwana

Eye on the Indies: A Look at Indie Authors and their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Review Editor Bright by Duanwad Pimwana, translated by Mui Poopoksakul (San Francisco: Two Lines Press, April 9, 2019). 184 pages; $16.95, paperback ISBN 9781931883801; $8.99, e-book ISBN 9781931883825. Melbourne, Australia: Brow Books, Forthcoming June 2019. First published in…

SOUNDS LIKE TITANIC by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

SOUNDS LIKE TITANIC by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

Eye on the Indies: A Look at Indie Authors and their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Review Editor Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman (New York: W. W. Norton, February 12, 2019). 256 pp, $25.95, hardcover ISBN 9780393651645. “Hallo, Rabbit,” he said, “is that you?” “Let’s pretend it isn’t,” said Rabbit, “and see…