BOOK REPORT for Freya by Matthew Laurence
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Cover Story: Photo Op
Although the wings on this cover are more colorful than the DeLand Wings, everything about the image reminds me of the photos I’ve seen taken in front of artist Erica Group’s mural in DeLand, Florida.
Sara Vanadi’s not crazy. She’s just ...
Kelly Jensen photographed by Jennifer Brister.
Algonquin published Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World on January 24, three days after 673 women’s marches and nearly five million feminists took their sneakers—and voices—to streets across the globe.
The timing couldn’t have been more appropriate, and it’s easy to imagine that this scrapbook-style anthology bubbled up as a post-election season battle cry, a response to casual remarks about “pussy grabbing” and “nasty women.”
Algonquin did push the anthology’s February 28th publication date one ...
Angie Thomas photographed by Anissa Hidouk.
It’s tempting to think of Angie Thomas’ YA novel The Hate U Give as being ripped straight from the latest headlines about an unarmed black person shot by the police. But that would miss the point that for many people, Thomas included, the news is not only news: it is lived experience—raw and achingly intimate. And the lives stolen are individual, particular to specific families, neighborhoods, and communities, not generic fodder for hashtags and sound bites.
Thomas says she sometimes ...
Photo courtesy Joseph Zoboi
When Ibi Zoboi's family moved from Haiti to Bushwick, Brooklyn, they found that the change wasn’t as positive as they’d hoped. “Sometimes if we’re trying to leave somewhere broken, we’re moving into somewhere that’s even more broken,” Zoboi says. At the time, Bushwick was underresourced, underserved, and unsafe—and presented a whole different set of challenges for new arrivals, no matter what difficulties they were leaving behind.
Now, of course, Bushwick is best known for its trendy bars and ...
A young woman is denied her birthright. A refugee finds himself the scapegoat. A TV star takes over the government. Rhoda Belleza’s space opera The Empress of a Thousand Skies may take place in a world far from our own, but it feels undeniably familiar. Rhee is on the way to take her rightful place as empress when an assassination attempt sends her into hiding, where she plots revenge. Meanwhile, Aly, a reality TV star and refugee, is blamed for ...
Courtesy Rayon Richards
What happens when a child is charged with murder? Well, it depends. Salacious procedural episodes aside, these cases are so rare that there’s little precedent for how to proceed. When Tiffany D. Jackson came across one such story, of a 10-year-old girl in Maine charged with manslaughter for allegedly shoving pills down the throat of an infant her mother was babysitting, she immediately saw a story in it, but she added a twist: what if the girl might be innocent ...
Um, where are the f-bombs?
One of the hazards of pre-publication reviewing is that the books we are evaluating are still works in progress. They're mostly finished, but many are still going through copy editing and proofreading. We check quoted language with the publisher to make sure it hasn't changed and learn sometimes that it has. Other times we will simply describe something that has been changed, and the publisher will let us know.
In the vast majority of these cases, we are ...
Nicola Yoon photographed by Sonya Sones.
Nicola Yoon is a self-described “romantic goober.” She loves (and writes) young-adult romances, and she really, really loves her husband, David. The two—she’s a reformed electrical engineer from Jamaica, and he’s a Korean-American English major—met in grad school. Despite their differences, they fell in love, got married, and eventually had a daughter. Yoon’s anxious love for her child gave her the idea for her first novel, Everything, Everything, which tells the story of Maddy, a girl who is allergic ...