Too many voices fragment the main story arc of this complex and insightful rendering of contemporary love and family.



A novel explores relationships, romance, and autism spectrum disorders.

On the first day of school at San Francisco’s George Takei High, sophomore Jack Kagen, diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, and his almost 40-year-old divorced mom, Anna, both meet their future loves. Despite Jack’s communication difficulties, he pursues his classmate Ashleigh Allen, who takes him on as a well-intentioned project. Anna has her hands full; as she puts it, “I had a job, two kids, no husband.” While strongly attracted to Jason Armstrong, a police officer, she must also defend herself against ex-husband and District Attorney Alex’s barbed comments and plots to ensure the success of their 5-year-old precocious daughter, Marissa. Jason finds his way into Anna’s heart but so does his teenage son, Trevor, who is also on the autism spectrum. They seem destined to become a family until ex-spouses cause trouble and Anna fears her children won’t be safe unless Jason and Trevor leave their lives. Meanwhile, Jack discovers Ashleigh’s secret and calls on all his abilities and courage to pursue her before she departs. Levin’s (There’s More Than One Way Home, 2017, etc.) tale employs multiple points of view: Jack’s, Anna’s, Ashleigh’s, and Marissa’s. Only Anna’s is first person, guiding the reader to align most closely with her. Her sections have the sexy, romantic vibe that will likely appeal to adult readers: “His shirt was tight across his broad chest,” she notes during her first encounter with Jason. Later, during a time apart, she laments: “I ached to feel the cotton of his uniform sleeves sliding against my skin.” Jack’s teenage point of view is striking for the glimpse it provides into Asperger’s. Words elude Jack, but he persists: “ ‘It’s something like…something like….’ The words were dangling up high in his brain.” Ashleigh’s and Marissa’s points of view are intriguing but divert readers from Anna’s and Jack’s compelling sections.

Too many voices fragment the main story arc of this complex and insightful rendering of contemporary love and family.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9997569-3-5

Page Count: 324

Publisher: Chickadee Prince Books

Review Posted Online: May 16, 2018

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A romantic, sad, and ultimately hopeful book that’s perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.


In Walsh’s American debut, a woman desperately tries to find out why the man she spent a whirlwind week with never called.

Sarah has just separated from her American husband and is visiting her hometown in England when she meets Eddie. He’s kind and charming, and although they only spend one week together, she falls in love. When he has to leave for a trip, she knows they’ll keep in touch—they’re already making plans for the rest of their lives. But then Eddie never calls, and Sarah’s increasingly frantic efforts to contact him are fruitless. Is he hurt? Is he dead? As her friends tell her, there’s a far greater likelihood that he’s just blowing her off—she’s been ghosted. After trying to track Eddie down at a football game, Sarah starts to become ashamed of herself—after all, she’s almost 40 years old and she’s essentially stalking a man who never called her. But as Sarah slowly learns, she and Eddie didn’t actually meet randomly—they both have a connection to an accident that happened years ago, and it may have something to do with why he disappeared. The tension quickly amps up as the secrets of Eddie’s and Sarah’s pasts are revealed, and the truth behind their connection is genuinely surprising and heartbreaking. The barriers between Sarah and Eddie seem insurmountable at times, and although their issues are resolved in a tidy manner, the emotions behind their actions are always believable. Walsh has created a deeply moving romance with an intriguing mystery and a touching portrait of grief at its heart.

A romantic, sad, and ultimately hopeful book that’s perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.

Pub Date: July 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-525-52277-5

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Pamela Dorman/Viking

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2018

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An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page.

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A withdrawn graduate student embarks on an epic quest to restore balance to the world in this long-anticipated follow-up to The Night Circus (2011).

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a typical millennial introvert; he likes video games, escapist reading, and drinking sidecars. But when he recognizes himself in the pages of a mysterious book from the university library, he's unnerved—and determined to uncover the truth. What begins as a journey for answers turns into something much bigger, and Zachary must decide whether to trust the handsome stranger he meets at a highflying literary fundraiser in New York or to retreat back to his thesis and forget the whole affair. In a high-wire feat of metatextual derring-do, Morgenstern weaves Zachary's adventure into a stunning array of linked fables, myths, and origin stories. There are pirates and weary travelers, painters who can see the future, lovers torn asunder, a menacing Owl King, and safe harbors for all the stories of the world, far below the Earth on the golden shores of a Starless Sea. Clocking in at more than 500 pages, the novel requires patience as Morgenstern puts all the pieces in place, but it is exquisitely pleasurable to watch the gears of this epic fantasy turn once they're set in motion. As in The Night Circus, Morgenstern is at her best when she imagines worlds and rooms and parties in vivid detail, right down to the ballroom stairs "festooned with lanterns and garlands of paper dipped in gold" or a cloak carved from ice with "ships and sailors and sea monsters...lost in the drifting snow." This novel is a love letter to readers as much as an invitation: Come and see how much magic is left in the world. Fans of Neil Gaiman and V.E. Schwab, Kelly Link and Susanna Clarke will want to heed the call.

An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page.

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-385-54121-3

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Aug. 4, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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