Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klassman takes place after World War II and moves from Martha’s Vineyard’s to California and back. “Told from the points of view of five engaging characters whose names, privilege and circumstances can be compared to those in The Great Gatsby, the dialogue and storyline here are as compelling as the sense of promise cousins Nick (a female) and Helena feel at the novel’s start,” writes BookPage reviewer Cynthia Wolfe Boynton.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt tells the story of a 14-year-old girl who must cope after her uncle, a famous painter, dies of AIDS. “The narrative is as tender and raw as an exposed nerve, pulsing with the sharpest agonies and ecstasies of the human condition,” writes Stephenie Harrison in the August issue of BookPage.
In The Twelve Rooms of the Nile by Enid Shomer, two of the 19th century’s most notable minds—Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert—meet in Egypt. BookPage reviewer Lauren Bufferd praises the striking backdrop and writes that “the novel shines brightly as a thoughtful study of these two singular geniuses, a story Shomer tells with a deep understanding of the poignancy of human connection.”
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TO ENTER: Which novel from the debut roundup are you most looking forward to reading?
CONTEST DETAILS: One winner will be chosen by random.org from among entries received by 5 pm CST on Friday, August 24. The winner will receive copies of Tigers in Red Weather, Tell the Wolves I’m Home and The Twelve Rooms of the Nile. Prize must be shipped to a North American address, and Rhode Island residents are not eligible. (Full contest rules here.) Good luck!
ETA: Congrats to our winner, Margot! She’s most interested in reading Tigers in Red Weather and In the Shadow of the Banyan.
Thanks to all who entered! Contest is now closed.