If you only read the first 66 pages of Colson Whitehead’s National Book Award-winning novel “The Underground Railroad,” you might think it was a traditional, if gut-wrenching, portrait of slave life on a Georgia cotton plantation.
A story seemingly etched out for Hollywood, Dan Slater’s “Wolf Boys” is the extraordinarily true story of two American teenagers’ work as assassins for a deadly Mexican drug cartel, as well as the law enforcement agent who hunts them.
For most people, losing one’s job during the “Great Recession” would have been a tragic occurrence. ButImbolo Mbue used it to her advantage. She began writing what would eventually become the critically acclaimed novel “Behold the Dreamers.”
When Donald Patrick “Pat” Conroy, a giant of Southern literature, passed away in March 2016 after a bout with pancreatic cancer, his fans flooded the internet with praise for his work and dismay at his death.
Lydia Millet is an author who’s never shied away from going wherever inspiration takes her. In previous works, she included characters ranging from time-traveling physicists to a cannibal toddler to literal mermaids.
In Molly Prentiss’ debut novel, “Tuesday Nights in 1980,” she taps into a universal problem faced by many people through the years. Reaching success, being defined by it, losing it, and then having to figure out how to live without what made them successful.
Robert Hicks said he wanted every comfortable man and woman to read “The Orphan Woman” and understand what a rich, meaningful life Mariah Reddick had, even though she lived at the bottom of the material world.