October’s New Books Waiting for Readers

Jennifer Finney Boylan’s Long Black Veil is a debut novel worth noticing. Finney’s memoirs are well-known and here she blends a Shirley Jackson-like atmosphere, a complex cast of characters and an intimate glimpse at the intricate choices involved in the transgender experience to masterful effect.

 

 

 

 

 

A blend of ,myth and metamorphosis, Daisy Johnson’s Fen is a collection of stories that recalls the restless invention of Kelly Link and the beauty of Ovid. Johnson transmutes the fenlands of England into a broodingly rich atmosphere for her fantastic tales.

 

 

 

 

 

Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan is a highly recommended, ambitious blend of science fiction, commentary, and adventure that tells the story of humanity changed by a geo-catastrophe and the hubris that started the transformation.