Jee reviews ‘Cilka’s Journey’ by Heather Morris #CilkasJourney #HeatherMorris @StMartinsPress #Netgalley #eARC #HistoricalFiction

Title/Author: Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris In a nutshell (Publisher): Her beauty saved her — and condemned her. Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other women prisoners, Cilka learns quickly that power,…

Jee reviews #FruitOfTheDrunkenTree by @ingrid_rojas_c @doubledaybooks @dBookFestival #doubledaybooks #dbf2019 #comingofage #HispanicAmericanLiterature #fiction #war #PabloEscobar #femaleEmpowerment

Title/Author: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras Publisher: Doubleday Books In a nutshell (Publisher): Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo…

Jee reviews #TheGown by Jennifer Robson @AuthorJenniferR @wmMorrowBooks and is looking forward to meeting her at @DBookFestival !! #historicalfiction #DecaturBookFestival #dbf2019

Title/Author: The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson Publisher: William Morrow In a nutshell (Publisher): London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation’s recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and…

A tiger’s wife, a deathless man, Punjabi women & a murder mystery case! Jee delves into two very different worlds with these #minireviews : #TheTigersWife by #TeaObreht #RandomHouse @randomhouse #magicalrealism #literaryfiction & #EroticStoriesForPunjabiWomen by #BalliKaurJaswal #AsianAmericanLiteratureFiction #WilliamMorrow @WMmorrowBooks

Title/Author: The Tiger’s Wife: A Novel by Tea Obreht Publisher: Random House Verdict: Read if you like magical realism! The death of her grandfather led Natalia to retrieve the items that he left behind. That journey took her mind back to her days spent with him and the stories he told her about his encounters…

In anticipation for the sequel, #TheDragonReplublic, Jee reads & reviews #ThePoppyWar by #RFKuang @kuangRF #historicalmilitaryfantasy #asianFiction #fantasy @HarperVoyagerUS

Title/Author: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang Publisher: Harper Voyager In a nutshell (Publisher): A brilliantly imaginative talent makes her exciting debut with this epic historical military fantasy, inspired by the bloody history of China’s twentieth century and filled with treachery and magic, in the tradition of Ken Liu’s Grace of Kings and N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy….

Jee reviews #DaughterOfMolokai by #AlanBrennert #Netgalley #eARC #StMartinsPress #HistoricalFiction #MolokaiSequel

Title/Author: Daughter of Molokai Publisher: St Martin’s Press In a nutshell (Publisher): Alan Brennert’s beloved novel Moloka’i, currently has over 600,000 copies in print. This companion tale tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama―quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa―was forced to give up at birth. The…

Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy

Devastated by the Sri Lanka Civil War in 1983 that lasted for 26 years, these survivors moved to America hoping to forget their past and rebuild their lives. Half Gods is a collection of their stories.