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You can’t judge a book by its cover — or, often, by its title.
Nevertheless, I love enigmatic titles that challenge and tease, even if they don’t really tell us what the book is about. Instead, they become a riddle to be solved, and so you crack open or click on the book because you have to see where those words on the cover might lead you.
I bring this up because all three of the books we’re featuring this week have titles that fall into this category — “What Enters the Mouth,” by Sarah Jefferis, “The Science of Lost Futures,” by Ryan Habermeyer and “Silver Girl,” by Leslie Pietrzyk.
Don’t they make you curious?
UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, AUGUST 14-20.
“WHAT ENTERS THE MOUTH,” BY SARAH JEFFERIS.
Sarah’s one-sentence summary of her poetry collection reads: “Lyrical narratives that explore how women can claim and sustain agency despite sexual trauma.”
And, to the question “Why would someone want to read this?” she answers “If they want to read about the ways in which women have survived sexual violence. Anyone in the #Me Too movement. If they want to read about interracial love. Any feminist.”
“SILVER GIRL,” BY LESLIE PIETRZYK
Newly transplanted to the big city of Chicago, the unnamed narrator is one of the rare few to leave her small working class town in Iowa, let alone for a “fancy school by the lake.” Deftly, she conceals her deeply troubled past—especially from her charismatic yuppie-in-the-making best friend and roommate. For a while, she assimilates, living a new life not in any way her own. But the mask she wears cannot hide her secrets forever, and at some point she will be truly seen, possibly for the first time in her life. Set in the early 80s, against the backdrop of a city terrorized by the Tylenol killer, a local psychopath rumored to be stuffing cyanide into drugstore meds, Silver Girl is a deftly psychological account of the nuances of sisterhood. Contrasting obsession and longing, need versus desire, this novel delves into the ways class and trauma are often enmeshed to dictate one’s sense of self, and how a single relationship can sometimes lead to redemption.
“THE SCIENCE OF LOST FUTURES,” BY RYAN HABERMEYER.
Writes Ryan: The Science of Lost Futures is a prize-winning collection full of quirky humor and intelligent absurdity. Drawing on urban legends, internet hoaxes, and ancient medical folklore, these stories full of cage-rattling unusualness go beyond science fiction and magical realism to create a captivating collection of fabulist narratives that revel in the alien and the absurd.
SNOW FLURRIES …
From Melinda Inman, whose Christian novels “Refuge” and “Fallen” have been featured on this site:
Last week, I received a call from Peter Younghusband in Australia. Peter has twice been named as one of the top fifty book reviewers in the world. He informed me that Fallen had been given an international award in Christian Fiction – the first ever “Pre-Christian Godliness Fiction Award”!
“I am getting ready to self-publish and my head is swimming with reviews, claims, promises, criticisms, etc. of different self-publishing companies. There seems to be a lot of complaints about formats, getting paid, etc.
“Do you have any recommendations of an easy, reliable and reputable company? I used to think that CreateSpace was the answer, but then they are limited.”
“Help! What can you recommend?”
If anyone out there has any suggestions, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I’d be glad to pass them along.