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.
Though I’m rather late to posting this, I’d like to share a link to my review for Maile Meloy’s new novel, Do Not Become Alarmed. This is the kind of literary novel which becomes increasingly tough to put down as the story unfolds, making it especially fun to recommend to a wide swath of readers. My review can be found at the wonderful Chapter 16.
I’m pleased to share this review I wrote for Gail Godwin’s fascinating new novel Grief Cottage. This one kept surprising me, and I have special affection for books that don’t allow me to pin them down. My review is up today at the estimable Chapter 16.