The Churchgoer by Patrick Coleman is an engrossing noir that tackles religion, faith, and morality. Set in Southern California during the early-2000s, it follows a former Evangelical pastor turned blue-collar worker and surfer. His world gets turned upside-down when his coworker is murdered and a new woman in his life go missing on the same night.Continue reading “Patrick Coleman’s ‘The Churchgoer’ is a modern noir that reshapes the genre”
Alexander Tilney always knew he wanted to be a writer, but after finishing college, he wasn’t sure how to make it work. After finding an MFA program that worked for him, he found himself writing the type of novel he never thought he’d write. Nine years later and his coming-of-age at a boarding school novel, The Expectations, is finally out in the world.Continue reading “How boarding schools and low-residency MFAs shaped Alexander Tilney’s ‘The Expectations”
Angie Kim‘s journey from a young Korean girl to a trial lawyer in America is already a story worth exploring. Then she shifted gears and wrote one one of this year’s best debuts, Miracle Creek.Continue reading “Angie Kim on creating the marvelous and mysterious ‘Miracle Creek’”
Ruchika Tomar doesn’t think a lot of men will read her book. But they should. Trust me.
On its surface, A Prayer for Travelers is about a woman trying to track down her missing friend in the desert. However, the novel subverts all expectations of that logline. It is a captivating and eye-opening work about the female experience and the true beauty in Tomar’s work is how she approaches trauma.Continue reading “Ruchika Tomar’s ‘A Prayer For Travelers’ is a vital book about trauma, friendship, and the female experience”
Kate Davies has the first smash hit of the summer. In at the Deep End is full of hilarious and sexy relationships that will have readers laughing as they rapidly turn pages.
The debut novel follows Julia, a woman who is completely over sex. She’s over hearing her roommate have it. She’s over seeing it on television and in advertisements. She’s over it until she meets a woman at a party who invites her into a sex-filled world. Now she can’t get enough of it.Continue reading “Smart, sexy, and sensual: Kate Davies wrote this summer’s first must read book”
Heidi Diehl spent most of her 20s as a musician touring on the road. Artistry has always been apart of her life and as she turned to writing, music would obviously play a big role in her work.Continue reading “How German art helped Heidi Diehl craft ‘Lifelines’”
Chanelle Benz‘s debut story collection, 2017’s The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead, was one of the best collections published that year. The 10 stories in it range in location and time, but always feature a strong voice. The diverse perspectives ranging from non-traditional Westerns to baroque style chorus narratives proved the author knew how to tell a gripping story.Continue reading “Chanelle Benz on how her first novel ‘The Gone Dead’ expands on themes from her debut collection”
In A Philosophy of Ruin, the debut novel by Nicholas Mancusi, a philosophy professor questions his choices, what life is about, and reevaluates his own outlook on philosophy. The professor, named Oscar, is experiencing one of the roughest patches in his life. To add to everything, he is seduced by a student who gets him caught up in a drug ring that begins to upend everything he has worked for.Continue reading “A Life of Books with Nicholas Mancusi, author of ‘A Philosophy of Ruin’”
Azelea “Knot” Centre, the main character in De’Shawn Charles Winslow’s debut In West Mills is easily one of the most memorable characters I’ve been introduced to recently. She is, excuse the cliche, a tour-de-force. Is she a saint? No, far from it. Her flaws make her as realistic as a character on page can be. If this book ever gets adapted in Hollywood (it should), whichever actress is lucky enough to play Knot will be stepping into an Oscar-worthy role due to how perfect Winslow wrote her.Continue reading “De’Shawn Charles Winslow created one of the most memorable characters in fiction”
Juliet Grames has been thinking about Stella Fortuna for nearly her entire life. Well, sort of. The titular character of The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna bears parallel characteristics to her grandmother’s own life. Both emigrated from Southern Italy to America. Both had an accident that reshaped their personality and life.Continue reading “Getting personal and historical with ‘The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna’ author Juliet Grames”