A Year in Books, A.K. Blakemore, Agnes of Little Neon, Ailsa McFarlane, All I Could Never Be, Amanda Smyth, Anzia Yezierska, Attia Hosain, Bette Howland, Claire Keegan, Claire Luchette, Claudia Hernandez, David Bushman, Eve Babitz, Fortune, Gayl Jones, Glenn Stout, Hazel Drew, Highway Blue, In the Shadow of the Yali, Joan Didion, Julia Laite, Laura Palmer, Lilian Pizzichini, Mariella Novotny, Mark T. Givens, Monique Roffey, Murder at Teal's Pond, Nadifa Mohamed, Nervous Conditions, Palmares, Post-Colonial Writers, Profumo Affair, Slash and Burn, Small Things Like These, Suat Derviş, Sunlight On a Broken Column, The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey, The Fortune Men, The Manningtree Witches, The Mermaid of Black Conch, The Novotny Papers, Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid, Trinidad, True Crime, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Turkey, Twin Peaks, W-3, Zimbabwe
Among all the great new writing and reissues I’ve found this year, it’s clear that the world of books, like film, is becoming ever more diverse and we are all richer for it. After a long absence, Gayl Jones returned with the monumental Palmares, following a woman’s epic journey from slavery to an embattled free settlement and beyond. Set in 17th century Brazil, this story contains multitudes, offering an extraordinary meditation on the cost of freedom. Continue reading
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