New Books Network

Karen Hugg, “The Forgetting Flower” (Magnolia Press, 2019)
Planted in her mind while the author was working as a professional gardener, The Forgetting Flower (Magnolia Press, 2019) tells the story of Renia, a working- class young woman who left Crakow to live in Paris. She manages a flower shop for the obnoxious, oblivious owner, who is tone-deaf regarding... Read More
G. P. Gottlieb, “Battered” (D. X. Varos, 2019)
It is not easy to interview a writer of murder mysteries without giving away too many details, but when an author not only manages to create a full and complex cast of characters but also sweetens the deal with recipes for everything from cakes to zucchini dip (given in detail... Read More
Kate Braithwaite, “The Girl Puzzle” (Crooked Cat Books, 2019)
Nellie Bly is in some respects a household name, yet the passage of time has erased many of her accomplishments from popular memory. One of the first well-known female journalists, she wrote for Joseph Pulitzer’s acclaimed paper The World, traveled around the world in less than eighty days, married a... Read More
Laury Silvers, “The Lover” (Kindle Direct Publishers, 2019)
Zaytuna just wants to be left alone to her ascetic practices and nurse her dark view of the world. But when an impoverished servant girl she barely knows comes and begs her to bring some justice to the death of a local boy, she is forced to face the suffering... Read More
Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, “This is How You Lose the Time War” (Saga Press, 2019)
For Blue and Red—arch enemies at the center of Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s epistolary novella, This is How You Lose the Time War (Saga Press, 2019)—the only thing that endures after millennia of espionage and intrigue is love. El-Mohtar and Gladstone are themselves avid letter writers who favor fountain... Read More
Eyal Kless, “The Lost Puzzler: The Tarakan Chronicles” (Harper Voyager, 2019)
A picaresque novel about a serious boy with special powers, The Lost Puzzler takes place in an impoverished, technologically backwards world. After the fall of the advanced Tarakan Empire, the remaining population struggles to get by on what remains of their technology. Others turn to a rural existence, adhering to... Read More
Rabeah Ghaffari, “To Keep the Sun Alive” (Catapult, 2019)
It’s 1979, and the Islamic Revolution is just around the corner, as is a massive solar eclipse. In this epic novel set in the small Iranian city of Naishapur, a retired judge and his wife, Bibi, grow apples, plums, peaches, and sour cherries, as well as manage several generations of... Read More