Evie Wyld has a remarkable talent for blending contemporary fiction with archaic and mythic literary devices. For lovers of mysteries, thrillers, and historical fiction, sociopolitical commentary and storylines that feature complex female protagonists, The Bass Rock does not disappoint. Following three interrelated narratives that span centuries, the book unfolds like an eerie, winding maze, with spine-chilling interludes around every corner. Wyld's grisly, visceral style will leave readers wondering: do witches, ghosts, and demons walk among us?
Aimee Bender has a knack for finding the surreal in mundane, everyday life. Following the success of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Bender continues to explore our deep, psychological attachment to the sights, smells, sounds, and treasured keepsakes of our childhoods. (Why do we continue to hang on to dried roses and beetle carcasses?) A fascinating rumination on memory, mental illness, and how we associate people and emotions with "stuff," The Butterfly Lampshade is sure to fill readers with a sweet-and-sour sense of nostalgia.
We often use the word "cancer" as a metaphor for society's greatest ills, for deep-seated perils invisible to the naked eye. But what of cancer itself? If you know where to look, so-called "cancer clusters" are as pervasive and permeative in vulnerable populations as the tumors of poverty, classism, environmental injustice, racism, corruption, etc...The evils are cumulative, just like the toxins that are silently spreading into our watersheds, ecosystems, food chains, blood streams, and bloodlines. In this long-overdue biopsy, Arsenault blends investigative journalism, personal narrative, memoir, history, scientific research, and political commentary in a haunting diagnosis of our malignant future.