Two books tossed at me are on the April Indie Next List.
The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau
Blue Rider Press
No surprise here. I firmly expect this culture clash (West/Middle East) salvation story to be in every freshman college lit program in a few years. Again, I will call it a modern classic. The timelessness of the issues Dau explores (cultural differences, fluidity of memory, faith and guilt) makes this novel a must have in hardback.
See my full review here: http://www.tossedinmylap.blogspot.com/2012/03/book-of-jonas.html.
The Book of Madness and Cures: A Novel by Regina O'Melveney
Little, Brown & Company
What could possible be more interesting than a novel about the exploration of madness in Renaissance Europe? The tapestry of this novel is woven with the lush setting across two continents, a brilliant woman's navigation through patriarchal society and a journey in search of a missing father lost in a mental abyss. Each of these elements gives The Book of Madness and Cures wide appeal.
My complete thoughts: http://www.tossedinmylap.blogspot.com/2012/02/book-of-madness-and-cures.html.