Blog Tour: “Another Brooklyn” by Jacqueline Woodson

Another Brooklyn by writer and poet Jacqueline Woodson is a new novel about a girl and her friends in 1970s Brooklyn. The story begins when August returns to Brooklyn for her father’s funeral. Seeing an old friend on the subway sparks her memories of childhood, told through Woodson’s ethereal and poetic language.  It feels as ifRead more

“The Summer That Melted Everything” by Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel explores the loss of innocence in a sleepy Ohio town.  Fielding Bliss is a kid growing up in Breathed, Ohio.  His dad is a judge, and has been struggling with the ethical implications of his role.  When he started his career, he saw everything in black and white,Read more

“The Woman in the Photo” by Mary Hogan: Blog Tour

The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan is a new historical fiction/contemporary novel that explores the Johnstown Flood.  In the late 1800s, a bunch of rich Pittsburgh industrialists (Carnegie, Frick, etc.) had a private lake in South Fork, PA.  The lake was man-made, held in place by an earthworks dam.  The industrialists did not maintain theRead more

“My Sweet Vidalia” by Deborah Mantella

My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella is the story of a young woman in the 1950s American South who overcomes considerable hardship and discovers her own inner strength.  Vidalia gets pregnant while in high school and has a shotgun wedding.  Unfortunately, her new husband is a terrible person and abuses her to the point thatRead more

“The Sparrow Sisters” by Ellen Herrick

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The Sparrow Sisters is a story of subtle magic set in a quaint New England town.  Three unmarried sisters live together and run a local greenhouse.  The youngest, Patience, is somewhat of a healer.  She uses her knowledge of plants to create herbal remedies to ease the town’s aches and pains.  Patience never really fitRead more

“Wildalone” by Krassi Zourkova

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In the legends of my country, no creature is more beautiful or more cruel than the samodiva: the young witch of the forest who dances under a full moon, lures men with promises of love, then takes their lives.  Folk superstitions claim that samodiva powers run in certain families, but I never believed this.  OrRead more

“There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In: Three Novellas About Family” by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

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There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In is a new collection of novellas from Russian author Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.  Petrushevskaya’s prose is stark and honest, revealing characters’ thoughts and motivations, especially those not fit for polite society.  She writes about messy relationships and broken homes, breaking the illusion ofRead more