A Life of Books: Jenny Tinghui Zhang, author of Four Treasures of the Sky

A Life of Books: Jenny Tinghui Zhang, author of Four Treasures of the Sky

The Adroit Journal Senior Editor, Jenny Tinghui Zhang, has published her debut novel Four Treasures in the Sky. The book is an 1880s epic that uses the Chinese Exclusion Act as the backdrop. It explores the American West, immigration, racism, and so much more backed by breathtaking prose.

Zhang’s work has also been featured in Apogee, CALYX, Ninth Letter, Passages North, wildness, and The Rumpus, with essays in HuffPost, Bustle, The Cut, and HelloGiggles, among others.

We asked her to answer our recurring “A Life of Books” questionnaire so readers can get to know her better.

Continue reading “A Life of Books: Jenny Tinghui Zhang, author of Four Treasures of the Sky”

A Life of Books with Amy E. Casey, author of The Sturgeon’s Heart

A Life of Books with Amy E. Casey, author of The Sturgeon’s Heart

Amy E. Casey, author of The Sturgeon’s Heart, lives in Wisconsin and has had her stories and poetry published in Split Rock Review, Psaltery & Lyre, Club Plum, NonBinary Review, and Bramble. Her debut novel is about three people who begin disappearing in different ways.

Debutiful had the author answer the recurring A Life of Books questionnaire so readers could get to know her better.

Continue reading “A Life of Books with Amy E. Casey, author of The Sturgeon’s Heart”

Caleb Tankersley takes readers inside his story collection Sin Eaters

Caleb Tankersley takes readers inside his story collection Sin Eaters

Caleb Tankersley‘s debut short story collection Sin Eaters won the  2021 Permafrost Prize, which judge Julie Iromuanya called “rich” and “emotionally resonant.” The collection reveals why we as a society is so weirdly obsessed with small towns and the oddities that inhabit them. His characters are unfortgettable.

In addition to this debut on University of Alaska Press, he previously released a poetry chapbook called Jesus Works the Night Shift.

Debutiful corresponded with the author via email to help take readers inside this mesmerizing debut short story collection.

Continue reading “Caleb Tankersley takes readers inside his story collection Sin Eaters”

A Life of Books with Alejandro Varela, author of The Town of Babylon

A Life of Books with Alejandro Varela, author of The Town of Babylon

Alejandro Varela, author of the debut novel The Town of Babylon, has had his writing appear in numerous publications including Boston Review, Harper’s Magazine, The Rumpus, Joyland Magazine, Pariahs (an anthology, SFA Press, 2016), and many more. In 2019 he was a Jerome Fellow in Literature and was also a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Nonfiction.

Debutiful asked him to answer the recurring “A Life of Books” questionnaire so readers can get to know him better.

Continue reading “A Life of Books with Alejandro Varela, author of The Town of Babylon”

Allegra Hyde believes fiction can change the world

Allegra Hyde believes fiction can change the world

Allegra Hyde’s debut novel Eleutheria is about a young woman who believes there is still hope in saving our world and joins a group of activists on an island in the Bahamas. Written in exquisite prose, this Hyde’s novel is the newest addition to the climate fiction canon that is helping to shape how we see the world.

Hyde previously won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award for her story collection Of This New World. She currently teaches at Oberlin College.

We spoke on the phone about climate fiction, books that inspire her, and why she’ll always continue to write issue-driving stories.

Continue reading “Allegra Hyde believes fiction can change the world”

The Magic of Maine in W.S. Winslow’s The Northern Reach

The Magic of Maine in W.S. Winslow’s The Northern Reach

For those who have never visited Maine, the magic that oozes from every sunset, every lake, every whoopie pie is something that can’t easily be explained. In The Northern Reach, W.S. Winslow manages to capture the magic of the state in a very quaint and relaxing novel about family secrets.

We corresponded via email to chat about the magic Maine, small towns, and what’s next for W.S. Winslow.

Continue reading “The Magic of Maine in W.S. Winslow’s The Northern Reach”

Going Gothic (Novel) with Kit Mayquist and Tripping Arcadia

Going Gothic (Novel) with Kit Mayquist and Tripping Arcadia

Kit Mayquist’s novel, Tripping Arcadia, has “A Gothic Novel” smack dab on the cover. Many readers tend to assume one thing or another about what a Gothic novel is, so Debutiful decided to dig a little deeper with Mayquist to understand truly what Tripping Arcadia was all about.

Continue reading “Going Gothic (Novel) with Kit Mayquist and Tripping Arcadia”