In Richard Powers’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Overstory, there is a character who has dedicated her life to the study of trees and discovers that they are capable of communicating with each other. While this may sound fantastic, there is a growing amount of real science behind the idea, and I had been very curious about it ever since having read the book last year.
Poet Ocean Vuong’s semi-autobiographical debut novel has been one of the most anticipated releases of the Summer, having been written up in glowing terms in nearly every major publication in advance of its release.
Few genres are better suited to the short story format than horror, and this latest collection by author Nathan Ballingrud is a perfect example of why.
Sarah and David are both students at an elite performing arts school in a Houston suburb who, over the course of one Summer fall in love, and then the following Autumn, fall apart. The repercussions of this wind up having an outsize affect on their relationships with their classmates and a larger-than-life teacher.
Houston’s working class minorities can certainly inspire countless stories, and in his debut, author Bryan Washington aspires to capture a few of them.
The central mystery is compelling and the novel moves along at a brisk pace, keeping the reader turning the pages well into the night, all leading up to a shocking conclusion.
When you’re in the mood for some pure, escapist fun, a good YA novel can be just what you need, and “The Disasters” is a great example of why.