Faye A. Chadwell

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Exquisite Mariposa: A Novel

As metafiction, this work will ultimately disappoint those seeking (if not longing for) a discernible, less self-conscious narrative, but it’s a provocative, original, and even chaotic understanding of reality and the rapid social, technological, and economic changes facing everyone, not just millennials.

Rabbits for Food

Kirshenbaum has excelled at capturing one woman’s disturbing mental illness and the daily struggles to cope with survival even in a setting that supposedly offers support and rehabilitation. Drawing parallels to Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest comes easily because of the similar setting and a cast of characters supporting the main character. Recommended.

Home Remedies: Stories

Wang’s stories are funny, generous, and surprising as they introduce a youthful demographic that is growing worldwide. Highly recommended for all fiction collections.



Brimming with powerful and sometimes raw emotions, occasional glimmers of hope, and solid descriptive writing and character development, Butler’s debut intertwines multiple themes to create a thoughtful coming-of-age story and a young adult’s pursuit for adventure in a new locale and the eventual face-to-face dance with mortality, not just the elderly. Recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]

Elsewhere Home

Aboulela succeeds because her characters are neither neatly defined nor one-dimensional, though the milieus can become repetitive. Several stories were included in 2001's Coloured Lights, and most have been published elsewhere, which recommends this collection especially for libraries that have not already discovered this accomplished author. [See Prepub Alert, 8/20/18.]

A Woman Is No Man

Rum admits in the introduction that "to tell this story would be the ultimate shame to my community." Through well-developed characters and a wonderfully paced narrative, she exposes the impact that the embedded patriarchy of some cultures can have on women while showing more broadly how years of shame, secrets, and betrayal can burden families across generations no matter what the cultural or religious affiliation. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 9/24/18.]

House of Stone

A fascinating, often disturbing metaphor for Zimbabwe's struggle to emerge from its colonial past and remember rather than erase its history; highly recommended and a solid fictional counterpart to Christina Lamb's House of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided in War-Torn Zimbabwe. [See Prepub Alert, 7/16/18.]

Terra Nullius

Highly recommended.

Praise Song for the Butterflies

Heartbreaking yet ultimately redeeming, this strong survivor's tale is told with unadorned prose and a well-paced plot. Abeo's story is compelling, but seeing how the adults in Abeo's life rationalize their betrayal is even more horrifically fascinating. Recommended, especially as an introduction to a lesser-known cultural practice that has become widely criminalized.

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