I get to review lots of great stuff for Chapter 16, but Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington’s powerful The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist is one I’m especially grateful to know. This true story involves the corrupt history of the Mississippi death investigations system and the consequences of allowing lax standards for expert testimony into our courtrooms. I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about how corrupt systems operate and how poisoned legacies don’t just evaporate but instead keep wreaking havoc until we have the courage to go on digging until we hit the true sources of the trouble. My review’s up today; you can read it here at Chapter 16.
I’m really pleased to share my latest review for Chapter 16, Hermione Hoby’s debut novel Neon in Daylight. This book is a fascinating one to think and write about, and it has turned out to be my favorite NYC-set novel I’ve read in a good while. You can read my review here at the always wonderful Chapter 16.
Recently, I had the chance to review Chloe Benjamin’s super-buzzy sophomore novel, The Immortalists. This was a fun one to dive into, and a surprisingly moving character study for a release with such a catchy idea-driven hook: what any of us might do, how we might live, if we were told the date we were scheduled to die. You can read my review over at the beloved Chapter 16.
I’m so pleased to share this review I wrote about Bryn Chancellor’s debut novel, Sycamore. This book was published back in the summer, and if you missed it, go take a look now. I found it to be equally satisfying in the realms of character and plot–no mean feat. My review’s up today over at Chapter 16.
I have a new review up this week: a new anthology from Bottom Dog Press called Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South. Editors Julia Watts and Larry Smith have brought together a big list of southern voices, in particular LGBTQ voices, in an effort to bust through stereotypes and encourage greater understanding. My review’s up at Chapter 16, and you can read it here.
From the Department of Posting Better Late Than Never: I had the pleasure of reviewing several books for Chapter 16 during the run-up to this year’s Southern Festival of Books, as well as hosting a festival session. Firstly, I got my hands on two fascinating novels: Nick White’s debut How to Survive a Summer and Eleanor Henderson’s The Twelve-Mile Straight. Secondly, I wrote some thoughts about Rodney Jones’s powerful novel-in-verse Village Prodigies. Each was a thought-provoking challenge. On the final days of the festival, I was lucky to moderate a festival session for Radney Foster, a well-known singer-songwriter and first-time short fiction author. Having written stories in tandem with an album of songs, both titled For You to See the Stars, Radney read and sang his great work during our session. Another memorable, inspiring festival in the books!
I’m so glad to share that I had the chance to review Erica Wright’s new poetry collection, All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned. These poems have something fresh to say about a range of our modern-life concerns, and they are also a real pleasure to read. You can read my review over at Chapter 16.