The Summer 2018 Indie Next List for Reading Groups includes 6 Macmillan titles! Top Ten WAITING FOR TOMORROW by Nathacha Appanah 4 3 2 1: A Novel by Paul Auster Family Ties EDGAR & LUCY by Victor Lodato GRIEF COTTAGE by Gail Godwin Coming of Age TOMB SONG by Julián Herbert Mysteries and Thrillers THE […]
We’ve got 15 books on Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books 2017” list! Selected by a team of CPL librarians, the list represents the year’s most outstanding titles, books of exceptional quality for a diverse, city-wide readership. Fiction BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer THE DRY by Jane Harper GOOD ME, BAD ME by Ali […]
Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of 2017 list includes 20 Macmillan titles: Top 10 (full list) ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India by Sujatha Gidla FEAR CITY: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein GRIEF COTTAGE by Gail Godwin Fiction (full list) BORNE by […]
Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday, especially when they’re great summer reads! THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING by Grant Ginder One of Entertainment Weekly‘s Summer’s Must-Read Books and PW‘s Best Books of Summer 2017 with two starred reviews! A bitingly funny, hugely entertaining novel in which a fractured family from the […]
Memorial Day weekend is here (hooray!) and we’re stacking our to-read piles with these major media-recommended books: Entertainment Weekly — Summer’s Must-Read Books BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki Cartoonist Tamaki dazzles with her impressive range in this collection, marrying each short story to a different artistic style. Whether she’s writing and drawing about the pitfalls of […]
The stars are aligning for these forthcoming works of fiction: THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING by Grant Ginder “Ginder takes family dysfunction to its hysterical limit in this joyously ribald, sharply cynical, and impossible-to-put-down examination of love and loyalty.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review “Ginder successfully captures the clash between people who are […]
Book clubs, take note! Reviewers are giving Gail Godwin's latest, FLORA, high praise. Here's a quick summary to get you familiar:
Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen's decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work during the final months of World War II. At three, Helen lost her mother, and the beloved grandmother who raised her has just died. Flora, who cries at the drop of a hat, is ardently determined to do her best for Helen. Their relationship and its fallout will haunt Helen for the rest of her life.
"Unsparing yet compassioante; a fine addition to Godwin's long list of first-rate faction bringing 19th-century richness of detail and characterization to the ambiguities of modern life." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"[A] stirring and wondrous novel from Godwin…. [her] thoughtful portrayal of their boredom, desires, and the eventual heartbreak of their summer underscores the impossible position of children, who are powerless against the world and yet inherit responsibility for its agonies." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Godwin’s under-your-skin characters are perfectly realized, and the held-breath plot is consummately choreographed. But the wonder of this incisive novel of the endless repercussions of loss and remorse at the dawn of the atomic age is how subtly Godwin laces it with exquisite insights into secret family traumas, unspoken sexuality, class and racial divides, and the fallout of war while unveiling the incubating mind of a future writer." —Booklist (starred review)
FLORA was also on the May 2013 Indie Next List!
FLORA by Gail Godwin.Poignant story of loss of innocence in 1940s North Carolina mountains. #ewgc
— Janet Lockhart (@HartGami) May 7, 2013