Shaunna E. Hunter

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Thomas and Beal in the Midi

Lovely literary fiction for not only fans of Tilghman's previous work but for anyone interested in that age-old question, What is true love? [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/18.]

Monterey Bay

Though set on the shores of Monterey Bay, this is no beach read. The language and descriptions are compelling, and while the subject matter won't be for everyone, the author has created an unforgettable debut. [See Prepub Alert, 2/1/16.]

The Stargazer's Sister

This beautiful and unusual book about familial love, duty, and sacrifice is based on real-life individuals, and though the story of the Herschel siblings might not be well known, it's one worth discovering. [See Prepub Alert, 7/13/15.]

The Black Snow

Following Red Sky in Morning, this novel is appropriately titled. Imagine a dark, damp, cold atmosphere pressing down on remote Irish farmland but also pulling the reader into the narrative of this Irish pastoral novel and into the bleak world of the Kane family. No light reading here but lovely in its own way.

Saint Mazie

A very enjoyable novel with great character, this work will be of particular interest to fans of women's fiction, fiction set in New York City, and historical fiction set during World War I, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. [See Prepub Alert, 12/8/14.]

The Wolf Border

One of Granta's Best Young British Novelists, Hall (How To Paint a Dead Man) offers an earthy novel, successfully exploring ideas of family, maternity, personal demons, social class, and wilderness vs. urban development. Interesting and original, it should have wide appeal. [See Prepub Alert, 12/15/14.]


Readers will sink into this novel like sinking into South Carolina pluff mud, feeling the tension like oppressive humidity, and wondering what obstacle the protagonist will face next and what sacrifices he will endure for his family. A compellingly dark debut full of Southern mystery and lore.


Will Kenya flourish at her new school, go to college, and become upwardly mobile, as her hardworking but dissatisfied mother wants? Where does Kenya belong? How will she find her own path, and her own identity, not one defined by her past and her parents? Solomon addresses all these questions with consummate grace.

Something Rich and Strange

Indeed rich and strange and sometimes haunted, this work will certainly appeal to fans of short fiction and Appalachian literature, but it's well worth a try for anyone interested in beautifully crafted short stories. Rash is a modern Southern master who deserves mention with the likes of Eurora Welty and Flannery O'Connor. [See Prepub Alert, 4/14/14; previewed as Above the Waterfall.]

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