Peng Shepherd's debut depicts an apocalypse scenario in which people lose their shadows and, when they do, slowly lose their memories. Though this book is rife with magical realism, the odd creations of shadowless people who have mis-remembered something fantastic into being, the core of it is a story of love and survival. Ory's unending hunt for his shadowless wife, Max, is heartbreaking and hopeful. It's punctuated with Max's own fading ruminations on the nature of memories and identity that deepen the world and draw of its mysterious magic. Peng dives fearlessly into the complex topics of community, relationships, home, and what it means to be an individual within a group. It’s beautiful and exciting and dangerous and FULL of magic
Romance novel meets thriller meets Punjabi family drama meets humor...this book has everything. The cast of women are hilarious and relatable, a murderous side plot will make your heart beat faster, and, yes, the erotica is pretty darn steamy. This book is filled with love and laughter and a thoughtful examination of how women can find freedom even within traditional cultures.
In this moving and unflinchingly honest account of pregnancy, birth and early motherhood, women are invited to say unspeakable things and tell the truth of what it means to be a new mother. O'Connell reveals the emotional and physical brutality of this time in a woman's life and examines all the existential dread we are capable of conjuring at 3am when the baby cries. She embraces macabre humor and cleverly dissects the societal expectations and pressures surrounding reproduction. You'll laugh and cry; you'll shout "me too" with each new revelation.
Stories are powerful, and in Asha's world, they're forbidden. Asha is a princess and a dragon hunter, engaged to a cruel man who once saved her life. When she begins falling for one of his slaves, it ignites a battle for truth and freedom that threatens to tear her kingdom apart. Asha is a heroine worth rooting for--brave, tough, passionate. She will stick in your heart and make you better for it.
Cursed by fate and destined to marry death, Maya's story is one steeped deeply in Indian mythology. When her father's kingdom is threatened, she first agrees to sacrifice herself but instead is led on a twisting journey through fabled lands and the mysteries of reincarnation by her dark new husband, Amar. Romance, past lives, and shivers abound in Chokshi's YA fantasy.
A fantasy epic inspired by tales of the Han Dynasty, Ken Liu's sweeping saga elevates two heroes, Kuni and Mata, to overthrow an oppressive empire. In their quest to liberate the islands of Dara, the two men quickly become friends but just as quickly turn on each other as their conflicting visions of the future clash and shatter the unified rebellion. If you love battles, philosophy, and meddling gods, this series is for you.
Kwan's first book is a hilarious romp through the glamorous and dramatic lives of the Asian jet-set. Thrown unexpectedly into the schemes of Singapore's most elite families, Rachel must struggle to navigate the plots and perils her long term boyfriend's mother, friends, and countless cousins. Crack this open for laughs and lots of designer label eye candy.
Von Radics is a veteran of the slam poetry scene and she brings that passion and power to her first published collection. This book explores everything from the pangs of lost lovers to the double standards of objectifying women in the media while also condemning them. Her work is raw, literary, and pulses with the energy of the spoken word.
This evocative collection brings classical forms back into style with line breaking rhymes and the careful melding of Greek myth with modern sentiment. Speaking in the voices of women from across the centuries, this artfully musical book explores parenthood, marriage and the female experience with just the right touches of wit, humor and melancholy.
Szybist brings us to the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation over and over again, each time from a new perspective of loss, joy, hesitation, confusion and acceptance. She carefully examines and compares her own choiceless childlessness with Mary's unasked for pregnancy, playing on their shared name and divergent parallels. A beautiful collection that hammers at your heart and asks for answers where there are none.
The original Mother of Dragons, McCaffrey's first novel in the Dragonrider's of Pern is a must-read classic for any fantasy reader. The story follows Lessa, the daughter of a deceased noble family, in her quest to take back the land that is rightfully hers. Her mission is derailed, however, when she is selected by the leader of Pern's only remaining Weyr to stand as a candidate to ride the newly hatched dragon queen.
Hilarious, informative, totally NSFW in any century. Unmentionable debunks the rose-colored romanticism that modern literature has cast over the Victorian Era and even the graceful sidestepping of Victorian authors around such topics as menstruation, bathroom use, and the general filth that permeated every aspect of life.