PositiveBooklist...all relayed in fragmented, visceral prose that illuminates their experience of illness: isolation, confusion, speculation, fear, and detachment ... cerebral, raw, and disorienting, effectively creating an unsettling and tense reading experience. McDowell’s translation maintains a cadence that evokes the original Spanish. Best for larger collections with a call for literary South American works.
RaveBooklistJalaluddin’s second novel isn’t a spin on an Austen novel like her first, Ayesha at Last (2018), but the clever and independent protagonist, large cast of vivid characters, strong family ties, and satisfying enemies-to-lovers trope all have the feel of a classic remake and will thoroughly delight readers looking for modern Indian Muslim representation in a love story that hits real-life issues on the way to a very satisfying conclusion.
PositiveBooklistDoshi’s language is expansive and fluid, even dreamlike at times, unspooling through serpentine paths and leaving the reader wondering, as Antara does, about the boundaries between reality and an imagined past. Doshi is a talent to watch, and this debut will readily find an audience in readers seeking well-crafted examinations of messy relationships, both internal and external.
PositiveBooklist... a first novel with prose shaped by a keen ear for language, and she confronts female sexuality, aspiration, motherhood, and sexism with eyes wide open. Lottie’s life experience will feel familiar to her contemporaries and find a ready audience in readers of Sue Miller and Margaret Drabble.
PositiveBooklistKnecht’s writing is evocative and spare, stylish and brooding, making this mystery series compulsively readable and offering a refreshing spin on atmospheric noir with a compelling queer historical frame.
PositiveBooklistFor all of the podcasts and Netflix docu-series that brought true crime into the modern zeitgeist, this genre solidly thrives where it began: in print journalism. Here, best-selling Bowden...collects six of his long-form articles, most from Vanity Fair, each delving the intricacies, patience, and persistence of detective work ... [a] slim and satisfying volume. While humanizing the victims...these are, at their core, detective stories. Bowden writes with journalistic efficiency and a matter-of-fact admiration of the investigative work—from the ingenious to the tedious—of his detectives, whose mystery solving \'creates order from disorder, salves our ache for moral balance.\'