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In The Sellout, Paul Beatty chronicles an urban farmer in a fictional California town called Dickens who tries to spearhead a revitalization of slavery and segregation. This gambit, of course, end up with him in front of the US Supreme Court. It is biting bit of satire that aims at the US Constitution, urban living in America, the civil rights movement, and other tenets of black American life. Beatty’s writing is topical and timely. You’ll laugh out loud and shake your head in dismay all at the same time.
“A fertile and original writer with enormous energy and verbal dazzle.” —The New York Times
Once the thriving attraction of rural Vermont, the Tower Motel now stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of Amy, Piper, and Piper’s kid sister, Margot. The three played there as girls until the day that their games uncovered something dark and twisted in the motel’s past, something that ruined their friendship forever. Now adults, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer, but their lives are upended when they receive news that Amy is accused of a horrific crime.
Jennifer McMahon is the author of bestsellers Promise Not To Tell and The Winter People, which is currently in its 10th printing. The Night Sister is a great choice for book clubs looking for mystery and suspense.
Sidhu’s debut novel takes you inside the lives of an Indian-American family living in a small US town in the 1980s. This novel transcends stereotypes while exploring racial tension, dysfunctional family life and affairs of the heart, all with an unsentimental eye and sharp, funny wit. This is a family and a life that you have never read about before.
“I don’t know which virtue of Deep Singh Blue to recommend: the love-hate letter to northern California; the rich portraiture of Deep Singh, his family, and his tempestuous girlfriend; the oh-no-did-he-just-do-that storytelling; or indeed the blue that informs the restless, cutting, tender intelligence of the book. Enjoy them all, weeping and laughing and gasping. — Matthew Sharpe
The town of New Eden, peopled with hereditary oddities, has arrived at its last days. As two near-centenarian citizens prepare for their annual birthday tea, a third vows to interrupt the proceedings with a bold declaration. The Remnants cartwheels rambunctiously through the lives of wood-splitters, garment-menders, and chervil farmers, while exposing an electrical undercurrent of secrets, taboos, and unfulfilled longings. With his signature wit and wordplay, Robert Hill delivers a bittersweet gut-buster of an elegy to the collective memory of a community.
Fans of Margaret Atwood will love the dystopian end-of-the-world themes, older readers will appreciate the elderly protagonists, literary fiction lovers will connect to the clever word play, and others will love the juxtaposition of humor with dark themes. A most original novel!
Robert Hill’s 2006 novel, When All Is Said and Done, was short listed for the Ken Kesey Award For Fiction
This collection of linked short stories follows the members of a well-to-do family from Mexico after their patriarch goes missing, presumably kidnapped on his way home from work. The stories span from Madrid to New York to Mexico and to Austin, Tx. Ruiz-Camacho’s Barefoot Dogs may appeal to fans of Junot Diaz or Dinaw Mengetsu, with his intimate and gut-wrenching stories of the immigrant experience.
“Each of these stories is a straight-on jab to the soul, the kind of sharp fictional punch that wakes us up to our own flawed, fragile, essential humanity. With this debut collection, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho shows he’s already a writer of the first rank, one of those rare storytellers who leaves you wanting more even as he breaks your heart.” – Ben Fountain
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho has been a journalist in Mexico, Europe and the US. He earned his MFA from The New Writer’s Project at UT Austin and lives in Austin with his family.
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