’Til the Well Runs Dry (Henry Holt), Lauren Francis-Sharma’s first novel, is a sweeping multi-generational, multi-cultural tale. Set in Trinidad and the U.S., the book tells the story of smart 16-year-old seamstress Marcia Garcia, a girl with two boys to raise—and a family secret to protect. Recent buzz in O, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour reminds us to pack this read for the road.
Jen Michalski’s latest story collection, From Here (Aqueous Books), hits stores Sept. 30. These 12 stories explore the dislocations and intersections of characters searching, ultimately, for a place to call home. If you’ve not yet read Michalski’s award-winning novel, The Tide King (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), we heartily recommend it as thoughtful entertainment, the perfect vacation read to tide you over…
Let Me See It (Triquarterly Books), James Magruder’s lovely new collection of linked stories follows two gay cousins, Tom and Elliott, from adolescence to adulthood. An addicting blend of comedy and tenderness, the stories depict the boys’ attempts to navigate gay life while the AIDS crisis deepens. Publishers Weekly starred it this spring—we’d add a sunburst for superb beach pick.
Persistence: Poems of Warren, Maryland (David Robert Books) by Ann Eichler Kolakowski tells the story of the former mill town near Cockeysville that was destroyed in 1922 to create the Loch Raven Reservoir. Kolakowski’s grandmother was believed to be Warren’s last surviving resident when she died at 103 in 2006. We appreciate the poet’s musical language and precise, personal lens.
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