Searching for oblivion

A tale of two audiobooks and a library book

Woman reading in hammock Telegraph.co.uk

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I’ve been looking for a book that I could immerse myself in and forget the world. I didn’t want to have to worry about the characters, or fume at the injustices they encountered, or fear for their futures; I do enough of that with the daily news.

 Things didn’t work out exactly as planned.

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Book Giveaway – Kingdom of Women

“What if women fight back?” That’s the premise of Kingdom of Women, the riveting new novel by Rosalie Morales Kearns.

I’m giving away a free signed copy. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment here. I’ll randomly select a name.

Enjoy this brief description of the novel and my interview with the author, in the indispensable Fiction Writers Review.

 

The Crows of Beara by Julie Christine Johnson

Reading is magical. It can take you into a world, a life, a moment that you would never otherwise experience. The Crows of Beara transports you so fully into a place – a village on the southwest coast of Ireland, in a landscape scoured by wind and made jagged by stone – that you can feel the rain dripping from the leaves.

Annie Crowe, the novel’s main character, feels it too. The wild beauty of the area calls to her, even as she prepares to do a job that could threaten the Beara peninsula’s ecology and doom its most endangered residents, a type of crow whose natural habitat can be found there and almost nowhere else.

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Bookish tidbits

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A few quick items:

So cool

So cool that my interview with the writer Martha Toll about Her Own Vietnam was one of the top 5 posts last month in the Washington Independent Review of Books. Here’s how they describe it:

“Martha Anne Toll conducted a thoughtful Q&A with Kanter, one that touched on everything from women warriors’ emotional scars to the rise of feminist presses.”

Here’s the interview, in case you missed it.

Damn, they’re good

File this under “These writers are getting a lot of acclaim and don’t need any help from me, but damn, these books are good.”