We Come to Our Senses by Odie Lindsey
Odie Lindsey’s We Come to Our Senses is a rollercoaster of language. His sentences are oftentimes puzzingly poetic, which makes this short story collection one of those where I keep a pen in my hand, underlining moments that stun me, make me jealous, and remind of the surprising playfulness of prose. The narratives are not sacrificed, though: the stories are beautiful meditations on coming home from combat and beginning life anew. We Come to Our Senses is a must-read for fans of Barry Hannah, Breece D’J Pancake, and lovers of southern fiction. Odie Lindsey will be reading and signing at BookPeople on August 10 at 7PM. We hope to see you there! You can find copies of We Come to Our Senses on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
Safe by Ryan Gattis
An ex-gang banger turned DEA safe cracker takes steals the wrong money from the job for a shot at redemption and puts himself in the middle of both sides of the law. A gritty crime novel that is both tense and haunting. You can soon find copies of Safe on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews
I’m at the tail end of The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews. It’s been awhile since I read a big, involved historical fiction novel, and I’ve really been immersed in it the whole way through. It takes place over the course of one week in 1939 New York City. After some brouhaha with the Irish Republic Army, Francis Dempsey and his younger brother flee to NYC to find their older brother. The intrigue follows them and all three brothers’ lives are in danger amidst the backdrop of Harlem’s jazz clubs, The Plaza Hotel, seedy downtown neighborhoods, and the World’s Fair. It’s a debut full of rich detail and complicated characters. You can soon find copies of The World of Tomorrow on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.