We took a little break from our review round-up last week because sometimes we are tired but we’re back with more must-reads for your tbr!
Eartheater by Dolores Reyes
Electrifying and provocative, visceral and profound, a powerful literary debut novel about a young woman whose compulsion to eat earth gives her visions of murdered and missing people—an imaginative synthesis of mystery and magical realism that explores the dark tragedies of ordinary lives.
Set in an unnamed slum in contemporary Argentina, Earth-eater is the story of a young woman who finds herself drawn to eating the earth—a compulsion that gives her visions of broken and lost lives. With her first taste of dirt, she learns the horrifying truth of her mother’s death. Disturbed by what she witnesses, the woman keeps her visions to herself. But when Earth-eater begins an unlikely relationship with a withdrawn police officer, word of her ability begins to spread, and soon desperate members of her community beg for her help, anxious to uncover the truth about their own loved ones.
Surreal and haunting, spare yet complex, Earth-eater is a dark, emotionally resonant tale told from a feminist perspective that brilliantly explores the stories of those left behind—the women enduring the pain of uncertainty, whose lives have been shaped by violence and loss.
Audra’s Teaser Review
A feminist story of a young woman in Argentina with a compulsion to eat dirt that spurs her to visions of missing and murdered people—tell me that’s not what you’ve been looking for your whole life!?
Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.
Murder House by C.V. Hunt
It’s not the house you should be afraid of, it’s the people who live there.
Laura’s boyfriend, Brent, is an author and he’s writing a true crime book about the Hallows’ Eve Massacre. The publisher has given Brent a tight deadline and the opportunity to stay in the house where the massacre took place. But the basement creeps Laura out and she’s left questioning her sanity after she sees things that may or may not be there. When Brent begins to act strange, Laura writes it off to the pressure of his deadline. Is Laura really losing her mind or is there something in the house that’s changing the couple?
Laurie’s Teaser Review
Some of the imagery here is bone-chilling, the descriptions of the decaying murder house were nightmare-inducing and beautifully written.
Read Laurie’s entire review at Bark at the Ghouls.
Many Restless Concerns by Gayle Brandeis
Poetry. Women’s Studies. “Although MANY RESTLESS CONCERNS illuminates the horror of absolute control over others, it also shines a beacon on the strength of women sharing their truths one by one, of spirits joining together to topple the seemingly untouchable. This work speaks to our own times, to our #metoo reckoning, to our power as survivors to take back our stories and reclaim the darkness. Oppression of any kind never holds, even if it takes the dead to bring it down. This book is a haunting, essential read for all uneasy souls.”–Laraine Herring
“‘Just know we all have stories worth your time. Just know we’re just starting to understand our own worth.’ This is how Gayle Brandeis opens MANY RESTLESS CONCERNS. Countess Bathory of Hungary allegedly killed up to 650 girls and women between the years 1585 and 1609, in a variety of cruel, heartless ways. Brandeis brings these words to our attention–stab, strangle, pummel, hack, burn, drown, freeze, scald. ‘Your body remembers even when you no longer have a body, some tender part of you still flinches; some immaterial nerves still flare,’ she writes. ‘We want you to bear witness,’ voices the chorus. I urge you, the reader, to bear witness to these centuries of silent voices rising up clearly, often beautifully, more often tragically. Bear witness.”–Alma Luz Villanueva
“Feels like a terrifying and gorgeously lyric fairy tale but never once does the author let us forget that the pain is real and the point is empathy, understanding and protecting the ones who come after. Ethereal and beautiful as its ghostly chorus, but with ‘muscle and scent,’ ‘meat’ and ‘bone,’ MANY RESTLESS CONCERNS is quickened with the blood of the victims, the essential, and ultimately healing, blood of story.”–Francesca Lia Block
“If all the women and girls who have been murdered, tortured, abused and disappeared were to raise their voices, they would create a song that would drown the world. In Gayle Brandeis’ haunting and haunted novel-in-poems, MANY RESTLESS CONCERNS, she invokes such a chorus, the true story of hundreds of young women tortured to death by the Countess Bathory. Brandeis presents their gifts, their dreams, as well as the ways they died, and demonstrates that it is through collective action that they ultimately find justice. You will never un-hear their mournful, defiant and triumphal song.”–Terry Wolverton
“Gayle Brandeis is a miracle. From the forgotten memories of murdered women, she’s created a monument of hope, pain, and demands for the justice of recognition. This is a startling, glorious, gorgeous book. What a vision. Read this book and be transformed.”–Rene Denfeld
Cassie’s Teaser Review
This is a painful read, with lots of gruesome details being shared throughout in an attempt to truly give insight as to what some of these girls had to endure. It’s truly tragic that so many of them have been forgotten in name, but having their stories told this way shows compassion to their memories. I read it in a single sitting, and won’t soon forget it.
Read Cassie’s entire review at Goodreads.
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