February 2013 Indie Next List

On the cover of this month's Indie Next list is The House Girl by Tara Conklin

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"Lina, a young, ambitious New York attorney in 2004, never knew her mother. Josephine, a young house slave in 1852, never knew her child. More than a century apart, their lives connect in unexpected ways. Corporate law offices, art museums, antebellum homes, and the Underground Railroad provide the setting for a story filled with secrets, betrayals, and love. Does the 'House Girl' title apply to both women? The paths of these strong women will have the reader marveling at the layers Conklin has created to tell their intertwined stories"
--Beverly Bauer, Redbery Books, Cable, WI


Indie Next authors talk about their books...

Watch a trailer for Teddy Wayne's new novel, THE LOVE SONG OF JONNY VALENTINE, about which Ellen Burns from Books on the Common in Ridgefield, CT says, A bittersweet, frank, and funny take on modern celebrity, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine introduces a young pop phenomenon whose career and every move is managed by his mother who has her own set of problems with drugs and men. Jonny, who is haunted bu the memory of his missing father, is both wise and appallingly naive as he deals with his newfound fame, the business of pop music, and he users and hangers-on of the celebrity world."


Indie Next around the web. . .

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". . .Psychologically taut and beautifully constructed , this tale hooks the reader from the first page to the hair-raising conclusion. A literary page-turner that explores the lengths to whcih families will go to protect their own.”
--Sheila Daley, Barrett Bookstore, Darien, CT

First read of Herman Koch's new novel, The Dinner.

". . .She (Karen Russell) returns to the short story form and creates worlds surreal, magical, and horrific, all the while displaying the ability to comment on our own life through her fictional devices. Few modern writers can match her skill, courage, and genius."
--Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
Other Indie Next books featured on NPR


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