My Highs & Lows at the Decatur Book Festival 2019 #DBF2019 @DBookFestival Special shout-out to @jkbphillips @kirajanewrites @ndennis_benn @pdjeliclark @DevisLaskar Thank you for making my day!

Once again, we had a blast at the Decatur Book Festival! Special thanks to the organizers, volunteers and everyone who had helped keep the festival clean and safe for visitors! ❤️ So, here are my highs and lows at the DBF 2019. THE HIGHS Meeting authors So of course one of the highlights for me…

Jee reviews #DisappearingEarth by Julia Phillips @AAKnopf @DBookFestival #dbf2019 #debutNovel #fiction

Title/Author: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips Publisher: Knopf In a nutshell: One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls–sisters, eight and eleven–go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community,…

Jee reviews #Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn @ndennis_benn @LiverightPub #literaryFiction #LGBTfiction @DBookFestival #dbf2019

Title/Author: Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn Publisher: Liveright Pub In a nutshell (Publisher): A beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love from award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn. When Patsy gets her long-coveted visa to America, it comes after years of yearning to leave Pennyfield, the beautiful but impoverished…

Jee reviews #Inland by Téa Obreht @RandomHouse #RandomHouse #NetGalley #eARC #magicalRealism #Western #AmericanWest #fiction @DBookFestival #dbf2019

Title/Author: Inland by Téa Obreht Publisher: Random House In a nutshell: In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives unfold. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life—her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons,…

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 #TheAtlasofRedsandBlues by @DevisLaskar @CounterpointLLC #biographicalfiction #fiction Looking forward to meeting her at the @DBookFestival #dbf2019 !!

Title/Author: The Atlas of Blues and REds by Devi S Laskar Publisher: Counterpoint LLC In a nutshell (Publisher): When a woman—known only as Mother—moves her family from Atlanta to its wealthy suburbs, she discovers that neither the times nor the people have changed since her childhood in a small Southern town. Despite the intervening decades,…