Pamela Mann

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Boys of Alabama

Because Max is unfamiliar with the U.S. South, his experiences are described using clichés meant to represent the town’s views on gays, god, football, and liberals, with results that are both unrevealing and off-putting. Not recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]

The Exhibition of Persephone Q

Percy’s perspective is so limited and her world so small that readers who don’t identify with her may lose patience. This book’s primary audience will be those interested in the ruminations of an insecure young woman trying to find her way in the world.


Editor: A fictionalized account of radical feminist Valerie Solanos from former Swedish Academy member Stridsberg. Valerie: I think the movie they made about me, I Shot Andy Warhol, was better. Maybe you should watch that instead. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]

The Most Fun We Ever Had

While this reviewer thinks the novel would have benefited from fewer characters and a tighter plot, readers of women’s fiction and multigenerational family stories may delight in the episodic approach. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]

The Den

The narrative connection between the two pairs of sisters is tenuous at best. The parallels between Henrietta and Jane and their older counterparts, wayward Elspeth and stay-at-home Claire, are obvious but not meaningful. Recommended for readers of women's fiction.

The Farm

Traveling from the glitz of Manhattan to multiethnic, immigrant Queens and the isolation of the rural Hudson Valley, this is an exciting read about the politics of motherhood and female autonomy. Highly recommended for readers of both popular and literary fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]

Golden Child

Recommended for readers of suspenseful family dramas. [See Prepub Alert, 7/18/18.]

Those Who Knew

Highly recommended for readers of literary fiction and those who enjoy stories set in Latin America. [See Prepub Alert, 5/14/18.]

Tell the Machine Goodnight

The dystopia here is a quiet one, as Williams's first adult novel is interested in how people cope in a hypermanaged society. Highly recommended for readers of Dexter Palmer's Version Control and near-future sf. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]

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