Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hong-Kong based Signal 8 Press February Sale -- US $1.99 per book

Signal 8 Press focuses mainly on the Asia – Pacific region, publishing
engaging novels, short story collections, and nonfiction written in

For this month, Our Stories editor Justin Nicholes's novel, River
Dragon Sky, is $1.99 for the Kindle ebook:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Jennifer Haigh _Faith_ Harper Perennial

From absolutely one of the most intelligent and satisfying writers in English today, Jennifer Haigh's novel Faith models nearly flawless storytelling.

With most of the action set in 2002, with the Catholic priest accusations in full swing, the novel follows the distressing accusations leveled toward Father Arthur Breen, told through the voice and first-person perspective of his half-sister, Sheila.

Haigh's writing is analytical and piercing, and the overall shape of the book and the way information is revealed carefully and vividly achieve poetic effects.

This is storytelling at its best: fiction that also forms serious thought.

Read this book.

River Dragon Sky, a new novel

Friday, January 4, 2013

Wells Tower _Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned_ Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Wells Tower's book of short stories, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned is a fine collection of short stories illustrating indispensable storytelling.

Notable stories for this reader included "Brown Coast," "Retreat," and "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned."

In "Brown Coast," Bob Monroe's dad just dies, and he takes his uncle's advice and moves to a house that uncle now owns to fix it up, as well as to get away from marital tension. Images of sea life wonderfully and strangely convey character, and we end with a feeling of enlightened despair but also of knowledge. In "Retreat," the same kind of afterglow occurs, in which our point-of-view character realizes some deep-down flaw inside himself, and once again, wildlife helps to convey that realization that sheds light on a conflict with a younger brother.

The final story of the book, "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned" will always remain in my mind, partly because of Tower's absolute gift for rendering the concrete detail. Beware: blood eagle.

Bravo to a fine collection of short stories here. This is an excellent book from a hell of a writer.


River Dragon Sky, a new novel