A disclaimer for this review should include the fact that I absolutely adore Celeste Ng as a person (please go check out her Twitter feed), and I loved her first novel, Everything I Never Told You so much, I taught it to my AP Literature class two years ago as their “introductory” novel. All that said, let me share why love her amazing new novel, Little Fires Everywhere.
I’m so happy to be a part of the blog tour for THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER by Theodora Goss! See below for information about the book and author, and for a guest post she wrote for my blog!
In Tiffany McDaniel’s debut novel, she creates an allegory set in the small town of Breathed, Ohio, in 1984. Much is happening: scientists recently discovered AIDS; Apple revealed its Macintosh computer; astronauts walked among the stars; Marvin Gaye was killed; and Autopsy Bliss invited the devil to visit his town.
The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway was a lovely book. In it, Callaway manipulates the history of Virginia Lynch (whom she remakes into Virginia—Ginny—Loftin), and weaves a story as heartfelt as the novel Ginny writes, The Web.
Max Porter’s slim volume is anything but small. Its tightly-controlled narrative about grief and how it affects everyone and everything—the self, relationships, the subconscious, the air around us—is as true as the experience of grief itself.
In Nina Berkhout’s The Gallery of Lost Species, Edith Walker comes of age in the shadow of her older sister, Vivienne (Viv). Viv, whom Edith always characterizes as more talented and more beautiful, was trotted around to beauty pageants by their mother Constance, while Henry, their painter and artist father, encouraged the artistic tendencies in both of the young girls. In addition to being a pageant beauty, Viv was also an accomplished artist and painter, and Edith always felt as though her gift for collecting and categorizing items paled in the shadow of Viv’s talent.