Jee’s mini reviews of #HollowKingdom by Kira Jane Buxton @KiraJaneWrites @GrandCentralPub & #TheHauntingofTramCar015 by P. Djeli Clark @pdjeliclark @TorDotComPub #scifi #fantasy @DBookFestival #dbf2019

Title/Author: Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton Publisher: Grand Central Publishing In a nutshell (Publisher): S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®. Then Big Jim’s eyeball…

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 #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,…

Jee reviews ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ by #OceanVuong @PenguinPress #PenguinPress #LGBT #epistolary #queerculture #pridemonth #AmericanAsianLiterature @DBookFestival #dbf2019

Title/Author: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong Publisher: Penguin Press In a nutshell (Publisher): On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born…