Books by Melanie Sumner

HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL by Melanie Sumner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Sweet, clever, and fun."
How a kid can help her broke, widowed, overwhelmed mom: write a novel! Read full book review >
Released: July 6, 2010

"An ambitiously complicated broth of content with surprisingly little flavor."
Inseparable friends in a New Mexico barrio grow up to love the same woman and share a suicide pact. Read full book review >
THE SCHOOL OF BEAUTY AND CHARM by Melanie Sumner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2001

"Distinguished by an engaging voice, but the action doesn't quite come to a head, and the serious parts aren't as deft as the comedy."
A vividly drawn, good-humored, yet ultimately unsurprising coming-of-age tale set in small-town Georgia. Read full book review >
POLITE SOCIETY by Melanie Sumner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 1995

"Much lively writing and a vividly evoked African milieu distinguish this debut, but Darren ultimately disappoints, becoming merely a conduit for action and aperáus. (Some of these stories have previously appeared in The New Yorker and other magazines.)"
A former Peace Corps veteran debuts with a series of short stories set in Senegal (all but one about the same character) that neatly skewer cultural misapprehensions, though not much else. Read full book review >