RaveLibrary Journal... emotionally wrenching ... This well-researched and intensely moving fifth novel by Johnson is perfect for fans of historical fiction with strong female characters ... Book clubs looking for #OwnVoices authors will be powerfully impressed by this story of a lesser-known aspect of the history of slavery in the American South.
RaveLibrary Journal...this twisty tale tackles with a somber wit ongoing issues of race, class inequity, social injustice, and predatory housing practices ...This sizzling summer thriller starts on low and heats up fast. Smart, sexy, and surprising, this suspenseful novel revealing the underbelly of urban gentrification will keep readers reading late into the night.
PositiveLibrary Journal... straightforwardly told ... the wraparound story about New York photojournalist Juno Lambert and her contemporary relationship/career woes pales in comparison to the compelling stories of two English sisters who are embarking on their own relationships/careers just as World War II breaks out ... Settings of Berlin, Paris, and London, and the inclusion of historical figures such as Joseph Goebbels and Kim Philby, make this a solid book club selection. Thynne’s moving, often heartbreaking story of two English sisters on divergent paths is perfect for fans of Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, or any readers who can’t get enough of novels about women’s lives during Word War II.
PositiveLibrary JournalWhile these characters may not be as captivating to readers as Calling Me Home\'s unlikely pair of friends, this tale of resilient women has the varied story lines and well-researched historical background to make it a popular book club selection.
RaveLibrary JournalWith snappy dialog, name-dropping, and an author’s note suggesting insider experience, the story of Eve’s self-doubt and willingness to do almost anything to become a writer in a male-dominated world has a #MeToo movement currency ... Part coming of age, part gossipy peek into the enclave of writers, editors, poets, and artists who annually escaped the heat of Boston and New York to talk, drink, and work on Cape Cod, this seminostalgic debut is the ideal summer read for book people.
Kirsten Imani Kasai
RaveLibrary Journal\"Kasai explores the horrors of slavery and its legacy in this gothic tale that tingles on the verge of psychological horror. For readers of African American literary fiction and dark, surreal stories.\