New Books Network

Elsa Hart, “The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne” (Minotaur Books, 2020)
Lady Cecily Kay has just returned to England when she encounters Sir Barnaby Mayne. It’s 1703, Queen Anne is on the throne, and London’s coffee houses are buzzing with discussions of everything from science and philosophy to monsters and magic. Of course, Cecily has no plans to join the ongoing... Read More
Edward A. Farmer, “Pale: A Novel” (Blackstone, 2020)
It’s 1966, and Bernice’s husband has either died or abandoned her. Her brother Floyd invites her to join him as a servant working for white owners of an old plantation house in Mississippi. Floyd warns Bernice about the housekeeper, Silva, who lives there with her two young sons. The owner... Read More
Premee Mohamed, “Beneath the Rising” (Solaris, 2020)
Premee Mohamed’s debut novel, Beneath the Rising (Solaris, 2020) came out in March, but don’t call her a new writer. “I find it funny that people refer to people who have just started to get published as new writers. I finished my first novel when I was 12. I’m not... Read More
Erika Rummel, “The Road to Gesualdo” (D. X. Varos, 2020)
The Italian Renaissance introduced—or reintroduced—many valuable concepts to society and culture, giving rise eventually to our modern world. But it was also a time of fierce political infighting, social inequality, the subjugation of women, religious intolerance, belief in witchcraft, and many other elements that are more fun to read about... Read More
Bill LeFurgy, “Into the Suffering City: A Novel of Baltimore” (High Kicker Books, 2020)
In Bill LeFurgy’s Into the Suffering City: A Novel of Baltimore (High Kicker Books), Sarah Kennecott is a brilliant young doctor who cares deeply about justice for murder victims after her own family is murdered. She’s not like other people; she doesn’t like noises and smells, she doesn’t understand chit chat,... Read More
Mary Kathryn Nagle, “Sovereignty” (Northwestern UP, 2020)
In Sovereignty (Northwestern University Press, 2020) playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle weaves together two stories separated by 170 years but joined by a common dilemma: how can Cherokee people fight for justice under an unjust colonial legal framework? In present-day Oklahoma, Sarah Ridge Polson attempts to bring her abuser to justice... Read More
Chelsea Wagenaar, “The Spinning Place” (Southern Indiana Review Press, 2019)
In The Spinning Place (Southern Indiana Review Press, 2019), Chelsea Wagenaar explores the power of language—in terms of its possibilities and what it fails to express. As a being with a body in the world, there are so many experiences that are inexpressible. These poems attempt to touch upon those... Read More
Chanelle Benz, “The Gone Dead” (Ecco, 2019)
A decrepit house in Greendale, Mississippi once belonged to Billie James’s father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when she was four years old. Her mother dies of cancer. Then years later, her paternal grandmother dies and leaves Billie the old Mississippi Delta house. At age 34, Billie returns... Read More
Nancy Thayer, “Girls of Summer: A Novel” (Ballantine Books, 2020)
Christina Gessler talks with her friend Nancy Thayer about Girls of Summer: A Novel (Ballantine Books), which was just chosen for O Magazine’s Summer Reading List. Girls of Summer is set during one life-changing summer on Nantucket, which brings about exhilarating revelations for a single mother and her two grown... Read More