"Fine Dreams is a wrenching novel in which young women claw back control of their lives after unimaginable violence." —Foreword Reviews, starred review
Set in a fictional town, at a fictional school, Linda N. Masi’s debut novel, Fine Dreams, rewrites myth and history. Framed by a ghost’s first-person narrative, the book centers on four young friends who are kidnapped while studying for final exams and taken to a terrorist encampment. In Masi’s telling, these resilient young women recover their dreams and hopes to live in daylight once again.
"Exquisite. . . .[Svoboda] crafts singular depictions of her characters’ inner worlds."—Publishers Weekly
A runaway circus lion haunts a small town where two lovers risk more than their respective marriages. A junket to Cuba and an ambassador’s dalliance with a niece hide dark secrets and political revolution. “I’ve always had a knife,” says the unstable stepson to his parents. Inventive, dark, and absurd, the stories in The Long Swim capture Terese Svoboda’s clear-eyed, wry angle on the world: a place of violence and uncertainty but also wild beauty, adventure, and love both lasting and ephemeral. Her characters strive for escape—through romance, travel, or more self-destructive pursuits—and collide with the constraints of family and home, their longing for freedom and autonomy often at odds with the desire for safety and harmony.
"A sensitive, deftly crafted memoir."—Kirkus Reviews
At twenty-three, Michelle Ephraim was failing at everything. The only child of reclusive Holocaust-survivor parents who were dismayed by her literary studies, she found herself dumped by her boyfriend and bombing out of graduate school. Then, one night, she crashed a Shakespeare recitation party. Loopy from vodka and never having read a single line of Shakespeare, she was transfixed. Shakespeare, she decided, was the lifeline she needed.
Our Spring & Summer 2024 catalog is now available!
Spring & Summer 2024 brings us several new memoirs, fiction, and poetry collections, as well as new regional titles in our Bright Leaf imprint and groundbreaking scholarship!