Saturday, March 31, 2012

April Indie Next List

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:

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.

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