INTERIOR CHINATOWN – Charles Yu

Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown (Pantheon Books, 2020) was a bit of an unexpected delight.  It’s witty and dark, entertaining and heartbreaking, insightful and inventive.  I didn’t expect it to be as hilarious as it was, but Yu’s smart writing in this script format brings a lot of truth layered in comedy. Willis Wu is anContinue reading “INTERIOR CHINATOWN – Charles Yu”

EVEN AS WE BREATHE – Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

“And now it seems possible that love is the only thing that will outlive us all, but only if we continue to tell its story.” Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle’s Even as We Breathe (The University Press of Kentucky 2020) is a layered and fragile history, cloaked in mystery and romance, that is executed in a wayContinue reading “EVEN AS WE BREATHE – Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle”

BLACK SUN – Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse’s Black Sun (SAGA PRESS 2020) was one of last year’s hotly anticipated releases, and I can see why.  Inspired by various pre-Columbus American cultures, this epic fantasy is full strong female characters, magic, politics, and prophecies.  It is the first of the Between Earth and Sky series, and Fevered Star is slated forContinue reading “BLACK SUN – Rebecca Roanhorse”

THE STILLNESS BEFORE THE START – Jennifer Ann Shore

If you’re looking for a well-written YA romance that is sweet with endearing characters, look no further than Jennifer Ann Shore’s The Stillness Before the Start (2020).  Shore is phenomenal at capturing the voices of teenage girls who are strong and confident while still figuring life out.  I don’t read this genre often, but IContinue reading “THE STILLNESS BEFORE THE START – Jennifer Ann Shore”