Donna Bettencourt

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Jubilee

From its heart-pounding opening, poet Givhan’s second novel (after Trinity Sight) leads readers into the dark recesses of Bianca’s traumatic experiences and subsequent healing.

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Stillicide

Jones’s compressed, minimalist style heightens the effect of a precarious future for a world where climate chaos is deadly serious, creating an absorbing narrative for sophisticated readers.

Via Negativa

Father Dan’s search for spiritual insight is told with self-effacing humor and deep reflection, offering readers much to contemplate about the human condition. A superb beginning for newcomer Hornsby.

Good Dogs Don’t Make It to the South Pole

Tassen is a believable, matter-of-fact narrator, bringing us into his world with Mrs. Thorkildsen, her dragon water, her love of books, and Roald Amundsen’s all-important dogs. Thyvold’s moving, inspirational tale is a real treat. [See Prepub Alert, 2/12/20.]

The Yield

The Aborigines’ story is one of yielding, of not taking from the land but of bending to the will of others, a tragic picture of the Australian colonial period. Winch makes a strong statement, beautifully rendered. [See Prepub Alert, 12/2/19.]

A Children’s Bible

Millet delivers a tense, prophetic tale about inattention to warning signs with allusions to biblical tales and embedded themes of environmental and climactic disasters. A gripping page-turner with an end-times quality. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/20.]

Kept Animals

Milliken pulls out all the stops to deliver a riveting page-turner, an unforgettable story of loss and renewal. She is a powerful talent to watch. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/20.]
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Creatures

Van Meter’s first-person debut novel is driven by the natural world of tsunamis, earthquakes, heat, hail, and wildfires, always with an overarching presence of the sea creatures surrounding the island. A compelling coming-of-age tale.
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On Swift Horses

Debut novelist Pufahl’s sharp, gritty details of 1950s San Diego and Las Vegas effectively draw the reader into her protagonists’ struggles to bring meaning to their lives, however different their experiences. [See Prepub Alert, 11/5/19.]

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