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This Month's #1 Indie Next List Pick...

Virgil Wander

By Leif Enger

(Grove Press, 9780802128782, $27)

"From the fated flight of Virgil Wander's Pontiac into the frigid waters of Lake Superior to an encounter with Rune, an enigmatic kite enthusiast searching for word of a long-lost son, and other interactions with the citizens of Greenstone, Minnesota, Leif Enger's new novel is a most welcome, albeit quirky, story of words and people lost and found. Lovers of Peace Like a River, rejoice! Enger is back with another enchanting and enriching tale of community and revival, with his ever-deft touch of magic and grace. A perfect remedy for those whose hearts ache from our present reality, Virgil Wander is a treasure to be shared with all readers."
--Mark Nichols, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

This Month's #1 Indie Next List Pick Author Interview

Booksellers have chosen Virgil Wander, the first book in a decade by the novelist Leif Enger (Grove Press, October 2), as their number-one selection on the October Indie Next List.

When Virgil Wander's car flies off the road into Lake Superior, the Midwestern movie house owner emerges from the lake alive, but with his language and memory skills not completely intact. As he recovers, he begins to piece together his own history and the complicated backstory of Greenstone, Minnesota, the defunct industrial town he calls home, in the company of a lively and eclectic cast of local characters.

Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for nearly 20 years. He lives on a farm in Minnesota with his wife, Robin, and two sons. He is the author of the bestselling novels Peace Like a River (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001) and So Brave, Young, and Handsome (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2008).

How did you get the idea for the story?

For me, a story always starts with characters. In 1992, my wife, Robin, and I were vacationing in Florida and one night we went to a local movie theater in this small town where this young guy was the owner. It was this down-at-the-heels art deco movie theater with the marquee hanging out over the sidewalk. Inside, everything was in a state of upheaval, with pieces of plywood denoting the parts of the floor you couldn't walk on--everything but police tape was in there. Then, when you bought your popcorn from this young guy at the counter, you realized, oh, it's his theater and he's doing this renovation all by himself.

There were about a dozen of us in there to watch White Men Can't Jump. And he just waxed eloquent about his theater and what he planned to do--he was trying to make a place for the people of Leesburg, Florida, to go if they wanted to see a movie but also if they just wanted to get away from the public eye for a couple hours in a place that was sort of dark and quiet. He had this sense of passionate mission about it and really from that moment I thought, geez, I've got to either buy a movie theatre myself because this is so cool or put him in a story, a man like this.

What I didn't have was a setting, and I found it when I discovered the North Shore of Lake Superior, which also happened in my 20s, when I was working for Minnesota Public Radio and got sent there to do a story. To drive up that road for the first time and to see these little towns of such geographical beauty, it actually made your eyes ache. It's this astonishing beauty in which it's almost impossible to make a living. And then I thought, I've got a story here, because I've got a person--Virgil--and I've got a place--Lake Superior--and I've got a thing--a movie theater--so I had the idea for a book.

Can you talk a bit more about your experience exploring the state and its people while working for Minnesota Public Radio? Were any of your characters, if not directly based on people you met in your travels around northern Minnesota, based on certain aspects of people you met?

I had a dream job with NPR. They basically gave me free rein to run around and find the most interesting people and interview them and put them on the air, and if that doesn't turn your crank as a storyteller, I don't know what will. And specifically, they wanted me to do it in rural Minnesota, so that was farm country and lake country--sort of vacation land, places like Greenstone that are always trying to draw tourists, which means they have an income for two or three months out of the year and the rest of the time they're just trying to figure out how to make a go of it. So in this job I was basically just given a mandate to go out and talk to fascinating people. I miss that aspect of journalism for sure. But it's served me pretty well over the years.

I didn't create any of my characters from whole cloth but you always take interesting aspects of people you know and sometimes people that you love. For example, Virgil has a concussion that wipes out his adjectives and I just utterly stole that from my sister, who had a similar thing happen. She was in her car at a stoplight one day when a guy rear-ended her and she had a pretty bad head injury from that. I remember driving over to see how she was doing and she was frantically copying words out a dictionary into a notebook. I said, What are you doing? and she said, I'm getting my adjectives back. And I thought, oh my gosh, if I don't use this there's something the matter with me.

When I was reporting, I was interviewing this guy up on a lake at the border between Minnesota and Canada. He was a fanatical sturgeon fisherman, and I went out with him for a couple of days on his boat trying to find a sturgeon. He wasn't a talkative guy until you brought up sturgeon, and then he would tell you every story he'd ever heard--he had this glint in his eye. He would fish for months to catch one sturgeon. He told me once he met this old man who hooked this sturgeon that ended up pulling him upriver 15 miles. I don't know how true any of that stuff is but it doesn't matter, does it? It's brilliant lore and I tried to bring some of that into the book.

Your description of Greenstone reminds me of the small, working-class, white towns in news stories about the typical Trump supporter. What have you learned in reporting on struggling towns like Greenstone that others might not know?

It wasn't just in my reporting, probably, but growing up in a town--Osakis, Minnesota--that had about 1,200 people at the time and has a few more than that now, in west central Minnesota. It's not what you think of as union country or Trump country, exactly, it's more farm country, but they have their struggles, too. What you see is that people are kind of determined out here; they might have a lot hard luck, but they're kind of unafraid. That was my experience growing up there.

They're also kind of larger than their politics. There's a lot of day-to-day faith that has to be exercised if you live in a town like that. Their struggles are well-documented. I wanted to write about a town that was struggling because there are so many of them out here. I didn't base it off any one town on the North Shore, but if you look at a map and just put your finger down you'll find a place kind of like it.... So that's always been interesting to me--that tension between a place's natural beauty and your inability to live there.

This is your first book in a decade. What was it like writing this new book over these last 10 years?

A book just takes what it takes. There were times over the course of that 10 years when I just thought, am I ever going to finish this thing? After a certain number of years go by you start to feel some performance anxiety, but then the other thing that happens is that if enough time goes by it takes the pressure off. Ten years is long enough to get really good and forgotten, and nothing frees you up like anonymity.

I would say the first five were a little rugged and, in fact, I did write a whole script, but after five years I read it and I didn't like it. It was this story but it was from a different point of view. I didn't have the voice of Virgil. But I wrote it again; I actually didn't throw the original away until I had written two or three chapters in the voice of Virgil, and once I had written those chapters, I realized I could talk in this voice, that this was a voice I had access to. I think when you're a writer you can have your story perfectly outlined, you can have the whole thing in your head, but if you can't access the right voice in which to tell it, you're kind of out of luck. And that was my problem, but once I had the voice then I had it.

Who are some of your literary influences?

My brother Lin, who is also a novelist. I never thought about writing fiction until my brother started writing in his early 20s. It seemed like this magical power to me. And he's still writing really knockout fiction today.

In terms of other novelists, I really love to read early Larry McMurtry's Texas novels; I love the easy access to voice and vernacular that he has. Another guy that pulls that voice off better than anybody is Nick Hornby, the British writer and author of About a Boy.

I also love Anne Tyler's books. When Robin and I took that trip to Florida and met that guy with the movie theater, I immediately thought of Anne Tyler's Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. In the book, one of the characters dreams of opening a restaurant where people just come in and receive what they need--you might not even know what you want but you know that you're hungry. You go in and you sit down and the proprietor comes around and sees that you need the macaroni and cheese, and that is what's going to feed your soul that day. And so you end up eating this plate of food that transforms, if not your whole life, then your attitude for the rest of the day. It's such a lovely romantic idea, and it seemed to me that it's what this guy with this theater was doing, too. --Liz Button

More Indie Next List Great Reads

Waiting for Eden

By Elliot Ackerman

(Knopf, 9781101947395, $22.95)

"I was completely captivated by this intensely emotional yet compact novel. Both of Ackerman's previous novels were acclaimed by readers and critics alike, but Waiting for Eden proves something more. In less than 200 pages, the intersecting lives of three people and the consequences of their choices are revealed in an astounding manner. It's a love story, a ghost story, a horror story, a war story, and, ultimately, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. I don't want to tell you much more as I don't want to spoil it, but urge you to read this powerful and important work of literature."
--Cody Morrison, Square Books, Oxford, MS

November Road

By Lou Berney

(William Morrow, 9780062663849, $26.99)

"Lou Berney's engrossing novel November Road unfolds in the immediate aftermath of JFK's assassination, but the heady confusion and shock of that dark day play second fiddle to the stories of Frank Guidry and Charlotte Roy, two desperate individuals seeking to outrun the entanglements of their very different lives. Guidry, a once-trusted player for the Marcello mob, is a marked man fleeing for his life; Roy, a weary housewife, seeks better prospects for herself and her daughters, so she must escape from both her dead-end town and deadbeat husband. Told in sharp, cinematic prose, this novel explodes the boundaries of the typical crime novel and offers up something more literary, a finely tuned exploration of the will to change."
--Mike Wysock, The Book Stall, Winnetka, IL

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

By Sarah Smarsh

(Scribner, 9781501133091, $26)

"A classic is born! Sarah Smarsh takes us on a five-generation trek through the hardscrabble life of her Kansas childhood in the '80s and '90s. Just as J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed addressed the uncomfortable topic of poverty in this country, Heartland successfully gives the reader an in-depth look at impoverishment in the bread basket of America. She writes with a crystal-clear and objective voice, never giving in to self-pity or malevolence. Indeed, tongue-in-cheek humor and tenderness often shine through. This book is a must-read, a milestone in the life of our country."
--Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir

By Nicole Chung

(Catapult, 9781936787975, $26)

"Nicole Chung's memoir is a moving account of a young woman's gradually evolving understanding of family and of herself as she uncovers the truth about the circumstances behind her adoption. Refusing the false dichotomy of adoption as inherently positive or negative, she reminds us that adoption is a fact and that it's always complicated. This is an extraordinary account, told with candor and empathy. Though the transracial adoption of Asian Americans into white families and communities is common, few books have been written from the perspective of the adoptee. Chung has much to teach us, and readers approaching this book with a heart as open as hers will find much to nourish them here."
--Karen Maeda Allman, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA

Indies Introduce -- outstanding debuts as selected by independent booksellers

A Spark of Light

By Jodi Picoult

(Ballantine Books, 9780345544988, $28.99)

"Once again, Jodi Picoult tackles a highly charged social issue head on with compassion and insight. The characters in A Spark of Light offer readers insight into the varied and complex issues surrounding the pro-choice/pro-life debate. Although I know where I stand on the issue, I finished this novel with a greater understanding of how a person could hold beliefs different from my own. I hope this book becomes required reading for high schools across the country as well as a reading group favorite!"
--Andrea Avantaggio, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

By Stuart Turton

(Sourcebooks Landmark, 9781492657965, $25.99)

"I didn't know how badly I needed to escape my own life and sink into someone else's, or, in this case, many lives. Multiple perspectives give this book a mind-blowing mash-up feeling of Clue and the best Agatha Christie. There's a certain delicious joy to being confused and then ignoring the rest of the world while you read, desperate to discover the answers. Sure, it's the basic premise of a mystery, but for some readers it's a forgotten joy in need of reviving. Fun, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining, perhaps 'leave your own reality' reading is the new binge-watching."
--Beth Reynolds, Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World

By Sarah Weinman

(Ecco, 9780062661920, $27.99)

"Any fan of Nabokov's Lolita will be enthralled by Sarah Weinman's investigation of the real-life kidnapping and sexual assault that became the basis for the 20th-century masterpiece. Weinman dives deep into the archives to piece together the ties between fact and fiction, even when the author or the victim's family refused to discuss history. Swapping between true-crime journalism and contemporary literary analysis, the author brings new attention to Nabokov's seminal work and draws the tragedy of Sally Horner out of obscurity."
--Ariel Jacobs, Solid State Books, Washington, DC


By Kate Atkinson

(Little, Brown and Company, 9780316176637, $28)

"In Transcription, Kate Atkinson brings the past of mid-20th-century Britain so thoroughly to life that she almost seems to be reporting rather than inventing. Her details are so rich and her hand so certain that, as readers, we are there--we are walking those streets, sitting in those smoky rooms. And, most of all, we are completely caught up in the emotional power of the tensions and fears of that past. With Juliet Armstrong, Atkinson has given us a remarkable addition to the canon of British spies."
--Michael Barnard, Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

By Imogen Hermes Gowar

(Harper, 9780062859952, $28.99)

"This book was a pure delight from beginning to end. High-class escorts, nouveau riche merchants, madams, back-stabbings, broken hearts, mended hearts, parties, an angry mob, pining, mermaids: what more could you ask from a historical novel taking place in the late 18th century? The characters are so well-rounded I found myself cringing for them in their embarrassment and cheering for them in their triumph. The writing is so atmospheric it feels absolutely authentic. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed reading a book as much as I enjoyed reading this one. The only way to describe this book is as an absolute romp."
--Chelsea Bauer, Union Avenue Books, Knoxville, TN

Night Moves

By Jessica Hopper

(University of Texas Press, 9781477317884, $15.95; trade paper)

"Like reading the diary of your best friend from the best time of your life, Night Moves is a music-as-literature, literature-as-music bildungsroman set in Chicago's indie music underground, but it's also everywhere: the moment the gentrification and glass luxury condos began to take over everything original in this country, a fading glimpse at youth gone by in the slow burn into adulthood that we've all shared. It's all of us who've ever ridden a bike through our town late at night, watching the lights glowing, to a playlist of our own creation inside our heads."
--Will Evans, Deep Vellum Books, Dallas, TX

Man With a Seagull on His Head

By Harriet Paige

(Biblioasis, 9781771962391, $14.95; trade paper)

"Ray Eccles, a nonentity, goes for a walk on his 40th birthday. He seems almost reassured by the thought that he is past the age when something interesting is likely to happen to him. He assumes he is all alone on a deserted beach, but then, in quick succession, a woman appears, they lock eyes, and Ray is knocked cold by a seagull plummeting from the sky. Is it Ray's salvation or doom? Is Ray's ensuing story, told in Harriet Paige's gem-like prose, the stuff of tragedy or farce? Or are we all Ray,  placid and longing, dreaming of rising into the sky?"
--Ezra Goldstein, Community Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY

The Clockmaker's Daughter

By Kate Morton

(Atria Books, 9781451649390, $28)

"The Clockmaker's Daughter features a beautiful collection of characters who each endure loss and love tinged by the poetry of art. Their stories intertwine in the most unexpected ways. Each character's story wraps you up in their lives--their hopes and dreams, their families, and their fateful ends--until you're swiftly but gently awoken to their connection to the other characters and how it affects the overall mystery. I couldn't put this book down. The Clockmaker's Daughter left me falling through time until the very end."
--Erica Watkins, Green Apple Books on the Park, San Francisco, CA

Bitter Orange

By Claire Fuller

(Tin House Books, 9781947793156, $25.95)

"What I look forward to most in Claire Fuller's writing is the deliberate unfolding of plot and character, the careful chemistry that crackles when characters observe one another and reader observes narrator. Bitter Orange is Fuller's most mysterious novel yet, a house haunted by the stories its characters tell of their pasts and the slow unraveling of the truth. Dark and twisty and full of secrets, Bitter Orange is a satisfying page-turner perfect for readers who like a spooky and psychological read."
--Kelsey O'Rourke, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI

The Witch Elm

By Tana French

(Viking, 9780735224629, $28)

"Reading Tana French means disappearing into another life for a while. Her stories aren't meant to be slick or flashy, but deliberate, intricate studies of characters and their motivations. The Witch Elm is no different, as it follows the unraveling of Toby starting the night he surprises two burglars in his apartment. As you learn the secrets and weaknesses of Toby and his family, you begin to realize that while finding out what happened is enjoyable and surprising, finding out the how and the why is even better."
--Tyler Goodson, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

By Hank Green

(Dutton, 9781524743444, $26)

"This book is so much fun. When April May stumbles across the first 'Carl,' she initially thinks it's an art installation. It turns out these giant statues turned up overnight in major cities around the globe. Due to the viral video she made with her friend Andy, April May finds herself in the middle of a worldwide conversation and trying to manage her newfound celebrity status. Green is an excellent storyteller and has delivered a great coming-of-age/sci-fi debut novel."
--Jennifer Hill, Powell's Books, Portland, OR

The Labyrinth of the Spirits

By Carlos Ruiz Zafón

(Harper, 9780062668691, $37.50)

"Zafón is one of my favorite authors of all time. I found his first book in the series, The Shadow of the Wind, years ago at an airport and was hooked forever; I have been entranced by the adventures of Daniel Sempere and Fermín and many others. In The Labyrinth of the Spirits, the horrors of the Spanish Civil War loom large over Daniel's family and those he loves. And Alicia Gris--what a story she has to tell. In the midst of this violent time in Spanish history, the love that the characters have for each other shines bright. Through it all, Zafón shares magnificent tales about books, booksellers, authors, and life. This is a must-read!"
--Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL

There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir

By Casey Gerald

(Riverhead Books, 9780735214200, $27)

"Casey Gerald's There Will Be No Miracles Here might very well--and rightfully so--come to be considered one of the great memoirs of African American experience in America. Gerald recounts his childhood and life beginning with his early years in Dallas, which were rife with family drama, religious questioning, and grappling with his sexuality, through his football career at Yale. In his meditative, lyrical, and ruminative tone, Gerald questions American identity, myth, and success. His conversational and conspiratorial style is undergirded by a proficient, experimental, and stylish set of literary techniques."
--Margaret Grace Myers, Books Are Magic, Brooklyn, NY

Washington Black

By Esi Edugyan

(Knopf, 9780525521426, $26.95)

"Epic in scope, ranging from a brutal slave plantation in Barbados to scenes in the Arctic, antebellum America, and London, plus a thoughtful denouement in the Moroccan desert, Edugyan's novel explores the complex relationship between slave and master, the hubris of good intentions, and the tense life of a runaway in constant flight with a Javert on his tail. What results is a compulsive page-turner blessed with effortless prose. Highly recommended."
--Matt Lage, Iowa Book, Iowa City, IA

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List

By James Mustich

(Workman Publishing, 9781523504459, $35)

"Irresistible! A book about books! What a joy to read a thoughtfully complied list of the 1,000 books James Mustich thought most important. Many of my favorites are found among the pages, along with new suggestions to investigate. It is great fun to read about Mustich's impressions of some of my favorites, such as works by Charles Dickens, Edward Abbey, Henry James, and Anne Tyler. With so many books to choose from, you will surely find some new treasure to enjoy or be reminded of an old pleasure to revisit."
--Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books & Music, Sunriver, OR

The End We Start From

By Megan Hunter

(Grove Press, 9780802128591, $14)

"As the floodwaters rise on London, a first-time mother takes her newborn son and flees for higher ground, seeking a safe haven from the environmental collapse and the chaos that will follow it. Luminous and sparse, heartbreaking yet hopeful, The End We Start From is a lyrical rumination on environment, normalcy in the midst of crisis, new motherhood, unavoidable endings, and tentative beginnings. A slim and stunning debut whose echoes will be thunderous."
--Rebecca Speas, One More Page Books, Arlington, VA

Five-Carat Soul: Stories

By James McBride

(Riverhead Books, 9780735216709, $16)

"Sometimes after I've read a great book by an author, I judge. When I picked up a copy of James McBride's new collection of stories, Five-Carat Soul, I was prepared to be disappointed; how could he top The Good Lord Bird? Was I ever surprised, in the best way possible! These stories have all the magnificent qualities of his National Book Award-winning novel: quirky, poignant, and hilarious characters amid myriad situations in life, and humanity at its most human presented in beautiful writing. A couple of multi-story combinations read like novellas, and satisfied my craving to know more about the most interesting of the characters. McBride has set the bar high once again."
--Mamie Potter, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

A Hundred Small Lessons

By Ashley Hay

(Washington Square Press, 9781501165146, $16)

"This a beautifully written, important, quiet gem of a novel that takes hold of you and wends its way into your psyche. It tells the story of two families who live in the same house at different times in Brisbane, plumbing the relationships between mothers and children, husbands and wives. Marriage and motherhood are explored in-depth within the context of the story's rich character development. A Hundred Small Lessons is a welcome addition to the genre of thoughtful novels with much wisdom to offer the reader. I highly recommend this novel, whose life lessons will continue to live with me for years to come."
--Sarajane Giddings, Blue Door Books, Cedarhurst, NY

It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree

By A.J. Jacobs

(Simon & Schuster, 9781476734507, $16)

"For anyone interested in climbing their own family tree, A.J. Jacobs' It's All Relative offers a lighthearted crash course into the addictive world of genealogy. Inspired by the record-breaking get-togethers of the Lilly clan and heartened by the theory that we're all related, Jacobs embarks on a quest to hold the world's largest family reunion. As Jacobs juggles the mechanics of such a massive undertaking, he interviews well-known researchers in the field, discovers famous 'cousins,' and considers some of the ethical issues of diving into an ancestor's past. An enjoyable introduction to genealogy and the living family tree."
--Molly Gillespie, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH

The Prague Sonata

By Bradford Morrow

(Grove Press, 9780802128683, $17)

"A rich, sweeping novel that moves through history, from World War I to World War II, into the fall of the Soviet Union, and up to the present day. Weaving throughout the story is a hauntingly beautiful anonymous piano sonata that has been broken up into three parts. With rich and complex characters and multilayered writing that moves seamlessly throughout, The Prague Sonata touches deep into the human heart."
--Richard Corbett, Powell's Books, Portland, OR

Seven Days of Us

By Francesca Hornak

(Berkley, 9780451488763, $16)

"The holidays are always a stressful time, but imagine being with your immediate family for a full seven days of quarantine! This is the premise of Hornak's Seven Days of Us. To ride out the weeklong quarantine imposed due to daughter Olivia's work treating patients of an epidemic in Liberia, the Birch family plans to spend the Christmas holiday in mother Emma's crumbling ancestral home, Weyfield Hall, in Norfolk. On top of isolation and the lack of escape, each member of the family is dealing with their own secrets. A wonderful tale full of humor and heartache and all the issues families deal with--love, longing, and regret. Sometimes being forced together gives you a new perspective on your family and yourself."
--Maxwell Gregory, Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest, IL


By Roddy Doyle

(Penguin Books, 9780735224469, $16)

"Roddy Doyle is best known for writing engaging dialogue that permeates the pages of his perfect Irish novels. Smile, his latest novel, is no exception. Except with this work, the playful Irish banter not only serves to transport you to the Irish pubs where recently divorced Victor Forde finds himself confronting his adolescence and current sense of belonging, it also leads you to question everything you just read once you turn the last page."
--Casey Protti, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

This Could Hurt

By Jillian Medoff

(Harper Paperbacks, 9780062660770, $16.99)

"Who knew that a novel about a faltering company's HR department could be so gripping and compassionate? Anyone who has worked in a company with other people will appreciate the resentments, friendships, and competitions that develop in a long-time team. Medoff does a great job of making the reader care about each and every character."
--Susan Taylor, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY

The Twelve-Mile Straight

By Eleanor Henderson

(Ecco, 9780062422095, $16.99)

"When asked what defines 'Southern' literature, most would put land and family on the top of the list. These also define Eleanor Henderson's The Twelve-Mile Straight, a story set in the 1930s in Georgia, where George Wilson owns the cotton mill and most of the land and Juke Jessop is a sharecropper on land that wouldn't support his family, but his renown fills the gap. Full of entanglements, violence, and vivid characters, both white and black, this gripping saga starts with a lynching and weaves back and forth in time and voice until a stasis, if not resolution, is reached."
--Ann Carlson, Waterfront Books, Georgetown, SC

An Enchantment of Ravens

By Margaret Rogerson

(Margaret K. McElderry Books, 9781481497596, $10.99)

"You have one job this fall: read this book. That is if the idea of a gorgeous, glittering, and sometimes grotesque modern fairy tale imbued with wit, humor, and pitch-perfect romance appeals to you. I absolutely loved this unexpected, absurdly lovely novel. It gave me the creeps, it made me laugh out loud, and I swooned and cheered. Isobel is badass, and this story is a joy to read. I can't wait to see what Rogerson writes next! Perfect for fans of Holly Black, Laini Taylor, or anyone who loved Uprooted by Naomi Novik."
--Cristina Russell, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL


By Jennifer Mathieu

(Square Fish, 9781250104267, $9.99)

"I adored this book. Vivian's many struggles are so beautifully portrayed: negotiating between an old friendship and a new one; navigating a new crush; worrying about her grandparents' reaction to behavior that's out of character; raging silently (at first) against the quotidian misogyny of a small town high school. And, of course, her Moxie zine is everything you would want from a cool, smart, strong teen heroine."
--Lexi Beach, Astoria Bookshop, Astoria, NY


By Marissa Meyer

(Square Fish, 9781250180636, $10.99)

"Prodigies--people born with special powers--have been separated into two groups, villains and Renegades. After being let down by the Renegades as a child, Nova has grown up as a villain. Adrian, on the other hand, is the adopted son of two of the Renegades' founders, and he believes in heroism wholeheartedly. When Nova becomes a Renegade to spy on their inner workings, she and Adrian end up challenging each other's long-held beliefs about good and evil. Marissa Meyer writes superhero stories just as well as sci-fi fairy tales. I'm so glad I have the Renegades now that Cinder's story is over."
--Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC