Creatures by Crissy Van Meter (Algonquin Books, Jan. 2020), is a provocative and compelling coming of age story. Evie is abandoned by her mother and raised by her addict father in a wild land off of Southern California called Winter Island. The narrative flows back and forth through time. It is a tale of pain and heartbreak and love and suffering. I could not put this book down.
The debut novel by Abi Dare, The Girl with the Louding Voice, (Dutton, Feb. 2020) is a stunning story of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped into a life of servitude. Her one wish is for an education and to become a teacher. This is a powerful tale about a girl who goes after her dreams despite the torture she suffers along the way.
Long Bright River by Liz Moore, (Riverhead, Jan. 2020), is a tense thriller. A story of two sisters, one a cop and the other an addict and prostitute, is a riveting tale takes place in a gritty Philadelphia. When the troubled sister disappears, the cop sister goes on a journey to find her. The book involves a series of murdered prostitutes. which fuels the story’s quest to find the murderer.
Tishani Doshi’s new book, Small Days and Nights (WWNorton, Jan. 2020), is another story of two sisters. Set in contemporary India, this story follows Grace, a young woman who leaves the US to return to Pondicherry , a rural Indian town, in order to bury her mother. Grace unexpectedly inherits a large house on an isolated beach, and a sister she has never known about. The sister is four years older than Grace, and was put into a residential facility when she was a baby. This is an emotional novel filled with love, secrets and sacrifice.