Reba Leiding

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Walking on the Ceiling

A poetic yet intellectual novel; highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 1015/18.]
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Lost Children Archive

The shifting sensibility from observer to child to child migrant gradually pulls readers inside the migrants' nightmare journey to create a story that, if fragmented, feels both timely and intelligent. [See Prepub Alert, 8/27/18.]

The Water Cure

This image-laden and lyrical first novel, its short chapters interspersed with brief, disturbing messages from women from the mainland, imagines a societal breakdown that has inflicted most of its harm on women, which seems both frightening and inevitable, offering a dark, extended metaphor on toxic male/female relations. [See Prepub Alert, 7/9/18.]
PREMIUM

Ghost Wall

This novella-length story is thought provoking on multiple levels, with insights into primitive and modern societies, and coming of age in the face of family violence. [See Prepub Alert, 7/16/18.]
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Scribe

More epic prose poem than sf, this slender, affecting meditation on grief and death, with a flavoring of Appalachian folklore stirred in, will appeal to readers of literary fiction and finely crafted prose.
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Housegirl

Donkor's dense descriptions of life in Ghana and London capture the dazzling disorientation of a young village girl on her own. Compelling female characters abound; it's surprising to discover a young male writer who so successfully inhabits a female point of view.
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Scribe

More epic prose poem than sf, this slender, affecting meditation on grief and death, with a flavoring of Appalachian folklore stirred in, will appeal to readers of literary fiction and finely crafted prose.

Housegirl

Donkor's dense descriptions of life in Ghana and London capture the dazzling disorientation of a young village girl on her own. Compelling female characters abound; it's surprising to discover a young male writer who so successfully inhabits a female point of view.
PREMIUM

The Mere Wife

As with any mythically or allegorically driven novel, the plot becomes fantastical when grafted onto modern tropes. Nevertheless, Headley's heroic prose and vivid imagery offers thought-provoking correlations between ancient themes and recent historical events. Its emphasis on feminist power gives an old tale renewed significance. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/17.]

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