Beverly Coyle’s fiction bares hypocrisy and explores character with insight and humor. The Kneeling Bus and In Troubled Waters re-create small town Florida, examine how we face coming of age, racism, political correctness and Alzheimer’s disease. Taken In, her new work, is due in May.
Edwidge Danticat’s two works…Breath, Eyes, Memory, a novel, and Krak? Krak!, a collection of Haitian stories….explore the lives of women who must prove themselves “brave as stars out at dawn.” Revelations unfold in elegant prose with the truth and lyricism of memorable poetry.Visit Edwidge Danticat’s website ›
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s acclaimed collection of short stories, Arranged Marriage, was followed by an even-more-successful novel, The Mistress of Spices; and last summer by a book of poetry, Leaving Yuba City. All of her works deal with struggles of immigrant Indian women in families and relationships.Visit Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s website ›
Carroll Lachnit informs the mystery with her print journalism experience. Murder in Brief introduces cop-turned-lawyer Hannah Barlow. In A Blessed Death, she probes related mysteries of faith, family, and a woman’s demise. Hannah studies independent adoption in Blood Ties soon.
Frances Mayes, widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer, takes the reader into the heart of Italy through her sensuous memoir, Under the Tuscan Sun. Her poetic descriptions bring alive the adventures of purchasing, restoring, and living in an abandoned villa in this spectacular countryside.Visit Frances Mayes’s website ›
Jan Wong, Canadian of Chinese descent, entered China in 1972 as a starry-eyed Maoist to join the Cultural Revolution. Red China Blues entertains and enlightens us with Wong’s two journeys: as a Beijing University student expressing solidarity with the masses; later as a journalist viewing socio-political change.Visit Jan Wong’s website ›
Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers and Blu’s Hanging, feature girl heroines speaking in pidgin, the dialect of impoverished 18th-century Hawaiian plantation workers that filtered down through multi-ethnic generations. Poetic and salty, her work reveals a darker side of the Hawaiian paradise.