The “funny, frenzied tale of a terrified man plummeting helplessly into his own adulthood” (Kids These Days); a passionate, nuanced drama about Southern race relations (The Secret of Magic); and a literate, dystopian love story (On Such a Full Sea): They are some of the recently published books we’re absorbing now that are some of the best books out at the moment. It’s cold out; keep the chill at bay by discovering one of these great new reads.
THE INVENTION OF WINGS
"Kidd's portrait of white slave-owning Southerners is all the more harrowing for showing them as morally complicated, while she gives Handful the dignity of being not simply a victim, but a strong, imperfect woman."
Kidd (The Mermaid Chair, 2005, etc.) hits her stride and avoids sentimental revisionism with this historical novel about the relationship between a slave and the daughter of slave owners in antebellum Charleston.
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