Lisa Rohrbaugh

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Delayed Rays of a Star

Koe’s flawless and enchanting writing draws readers directly into the lives and times of these women as well as the minor characters in this superb novel. Book discussion groups will enjoy devouring this fantastic debut. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]


A wordsmith of the highest order, Toynton (Jackson Pollock) weaves a deeply cinematic story. Book discussion groups will revel in this family’s saga


Inspired by Peggy Guggenheim and her daughter, Pegeen, this mother-daughter dysfunctional relationship is beautifully explored by Maum (Touch) in a soul-searching, atmospheric novel set in a hot, humid climate as torrid as the affairs of the characters who inhabit it.

Feast Day of the Cannibals

Easily read as a stand-alone novel, this spectacular work will delight and awe readers with Lock's magisterial wordsmithing.

Sea Monsters

Written by a young and highly regarded Mexican American author whose debut novel, Book of Clouds, won a major prize in France, this work deftly communicates the wonder and amazement of discovery characterizing Luisa's inner and outer worlds. Aridjis is an accomplished wordsmith, and readers will find themselves rereading many passages in this wise, marvelous novel.

The Affairs of the Falcons

Rivero's talent for storytelling and sympathetic portrayal of many characters propels this novel above the melodrama of the telenovelas that play in the background on Valeria's television. Book groups will thoroughly enjoy this vivid, inspired debut, a valuable addition to immigration literature. [See Prepub Alert. 10/14/18.]


Yusef and Isra's story is relevant for people worldwide. With poignant, beautiful writing, Mahmoud quickly draws readers into the novel, portraying all her characters with a sympathetic voice. A fantastic choice for book discussions and well worth a second reading.

Buddhism for Western Children

Dazzling wordplay sets this novel apart, propelling audiences down the proverbial rabbit hole to an understanding of "Buddism for Western children."

The Water Thief

While the use of italics can be somewhat confusing, as they represent more than one voice, this is an unpredicatable and compelling work that will generate many conversations.

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