Best Indie of 2011

Karen Schechner, Editor

One of my favorite parts about editing the Indie section at Kirkus is the amazing variety. We see every genre you can imagine-and some you probably never thought of (need to brush up on goat production, anyone?). Out of this menagerie (in alphabetical order) come the Best of Indie, books that caught our eye or blew our mind or touched our heart, some even earning Kirkus stars.

AMERICAN INFERNO by Bret Lowery
by Bret Lowery
ARSONIST by Nathan Allen
by Nathan Allen
BRIDGE OF THE SINGLE HAIR by Candida Pugh
by Candida Pugh
A CHILD OF RAPE by John duVal
by John duVal

DEATH WITH DIGNITY by Robert Orfali
by Robert Orfali
DEMYANSK by Russ Schneider
by Russ Schneider
DISASTERS by Asim K. Dasgupta
by Asim K. Dasgupta
FERRET GIRL by Colin Haskin
by Colin Haskin
FLEETING MEMORY by Sherban Young
by Sherban Young

THE GHOSTS OF WATT O'HUGH by Steven S. Drachman
by Steven S. Drachman
GIVING GOOD HOLLYWOOD by Chris Culler
by Chris Culler
THE GUARDIANS OF TIME by Damian Lawrence
by Damian Lawrence
INFECTED WITH DIFFERENCE by Wade Sikorski
by Wade Sikorski

JEZEBELS OF THE EARTH by Wandering Meadowlark
by Wandering Meadowlark
LEARNING CURVES by Dorie LaRue
by Dorie LaRue
MAGPIE by Curt Finch
by Curt Finch
MINDWARP by Richard Hébert
by Richard Hébert

MISFITS & HEROES by Kathleen Flanagan Rollins
by Kathleen Flanagan Rollins
MOTHS TO FLAME by Fredric Maffei
by Fredric Maffei
NEON DREAMS by Marilyn Mufson
by Marilyn Mufson
NEWSLADY by Carole Simpson
by Carole Simpson
NO HOPE FOR GOMEZ! by Graham Parke
by Graham Parke

OH, BEAUTIFUL by John Paul Godges
by John Paul Godges
OIL AND FINANCE by Raymond J. Learsy
by Raymond J. Learsy
PROPHETS OF THE GHOST ANTS by Clark Thomas  Carlton
by Clark Thomas Carlton
THE RELUCTANT MARTYR by Rick Elliott
by Rick Elliott
RETERNITY by Neal Wooten
by Neal Wooten

RIDDLES IN PROVENCE by Jane E.M. Robinson
by Jane E.M. Robinson
ROCK STAR'S RAINBOW by Kevin Glavin
by Kevin Glavin
SIRENS' SONGS by Elisabeth Stevens
by Elisabeth Stevens
SPEAKING TRUTHS by Dayna Hester
by Dayna Hester

THE ABOMINABLE GAYMAN by Johnny Townsend
by Johnny Townsend
THE DARK BEFORE DAWN by Laurie Stevens
by Laurie Stevens
THE HOUSE THAT WAR MINISTER BUILT by Andrew Imbrie  Dayton
by Andrew Imbrie Dayton
THE LONG ROAD TO PARIS by Ed and Janet Howle
by Ed and Janet Howle

THE NAME OF THE RIDER by Michael Brooke
by Michael Brooke
THE SCHOOLMASTER SPY by Xavier James
by Xavier James
THE SHAKE by Mel Nicolai
by Mel Nicolai

TRITCHEON HASH by Sue Lange
by Sue Lange
UNCERTAIN JOURNEY by James Rouman
by James Rouman
THE WORD ON WORDS by Norman German
by Norman German
YELLOW BIRD by Linda Johnson
by Linda Johnson