| By Gale Staff |
For July we would like to highlight three new titles that invite you to escape into the lives of others. Women bound by the mores of bygone times, frazzled by familial demands, and haunted by roads not taken. Grab one and enjoy a new journey, sometimes they illuminate our own.
Conjure Women, by Afia Atakora
The lives of three women are laid bare in a haunting story that explores their passions, friendships, and extraordinary measures taken to save themselves and those they love. In alternating chapters titled “Slaverytime” and “Freedomtime” their complex roles as a healing woman, her observant daughter, and their master’s daughter on a Southern plantation fuel fear and suspicion in a vivid story of the female experience.
“Through complex characters and bewitching prose, Atakora offers a stirring portrait of the power conferred between the enslaved women.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Life in the immediate aftermath of slavery is powerfully rendered in this impressive first novel.”
Separation Anxiety, by Laura Zigman
Who hasn’t, especially lately, pondered the comfort that might come from wearing the family dog in a baby sling? Judy certainly hadn’t planned on it, but lately? Well there’s the pothead husband she can’t afford to divorce, an indifferent teenage son, oh, and a dying friend. You’d be hard pressed to find a better read than this novel about a woman course correcting herself.
“A frank and funny portrait of the everyday anxieties we try so hard to hide.”
– USA Today
Named a Most-Anticipated Book of 2020 by Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Real Simple, USA Today, Parade, and more.
Writers & Lovers, by Lily King
Casey is at the brink. Of a wrecked love affair, her mother’s sudden death, and the leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another. Waiting tables in Harvard Square, Casey is now in the sixth year of writing a novel, refusing to give up her dream of living a creative life. Then a man enters to further complicate her life, make that two men.
“The emotional force of Writers & Lovers is considerable.”
– New York Times Book Review
“A closely observed tale of finding oneself, and one’s voice, while working through grief.”
– Booklist (starred)