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January 2013 Indie Next List

January 2013 Indie Next List

On the cover of this month's Indie Next list is Y: A Novel by Marjorie Celona

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"Y is a book about the 'whys' of two lives. Why did one woman abandon her newly born daughter at the door of a YMCA? Why was it so hard for that little girl to find a real home? Why do we sometimes embrace responsiblility and sometimes run away from it? Why are people cruel to the helpless and the innocent? The characters in this book are flawed and stumbling - in other words, very human and very memorable. The issues of what it means to be a family and the meaning of 'home' are challenged, remolded, and puzzled into a story that is not always easy to read, but is difficult to put down and is impossible to forget."
--Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO

Indie Next authors talk about their books...

Watch a trailer for Stephen Hunter's new Bob Lee Swagger novel about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, THE THIRD BULLET, about which Bill Bauer from Redbery Books in Cable, WI says, ". . .Hunter has done what no one has previously done: supply a breathtaking new angle on the event (assassination of JFK). While staying true to the underlying facts of the Warren Commission Report, Hunter adds a layer of historical fiction, creating a new theory of the events of that day. Swagger hunts the mastermind behind a second assassin who supplies the third, and fatal, bullet. As Swagger focuses on the shooter and closes in on the mastermind, the mastermind, in turn, hunts him. A heart-pounding thriller!"

Indie Next around the web. . .

". . .These stories do all the things we hope good fiction will do: blow your mind and break your heart, make you laugh and make you think. They are the kind of stories I feel grateful for, that stick in my head and heart and make me want to be a better person”
--Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY

Critic Alan Chese reviews George Saunders' new story collection, Tenth of December.

"There is a saying 'you can never go home again' and Black explores this adage in her debut novel. Home is Galveston, TX and Clare Porterfield has not been there for 10 years. . .Black beautifully explores the idea of going home by making Galveston the true main character of this novel that will make readers reflect on their own lives and wonder what it would be like to go home again"
--Lynn Pellerito Riehl, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
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