Editors' Choice

The Den

By Abi Maxwell - Published 2019


In The Den, two sets of sisters struggle with the aftermath of premarital sexual indiscretion. Separated by a hundred and fifty years, both ...Read Review

The Amber Seeker (The Stone Stories)

By Mandy Haggith - Published 2019


Set in 320 B.C., The Amber Seeker is the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Walrus Mutterer (reviewed in HNR 86). The novel is ...Read Review

The Nickel Boys

By Colson Whitehead - Published 2019



The incomparable Colson Whitehead follows his Pulitzer-Prize-winning The Underground Railroad with a tale that is much different and yet, sadly, much the same. ...Read Review

How We Disappeared

By Jing-Jing Lee - Published 2019


Straddling two timelines and told from the perspective of two narrators, How We Disappeared is an evocative glimpse into Japanese-occupied Singapore during World ...Read Review

The Oblique Place

By Caterina Pascual Söderbaum - Published 2018



The author, who died in 2015 aged just 53, has left a profound literary achievement in this novel, which makes the reader regret her early ...Read Review

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

By Alix E. Harrow - Published 2019


Historical Fantasy

There are doors, and then there are Doors. Notice the distinctive capital D “like a black archway leading into white nothing.” In 1901, January ...Read Review

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

By Julie Kibler - Published 2019


Triple time periods tell two storylines as 2017 looks back on 1998 and the early part of the 20th century in this Texas-set story of ...Read Review

The Peacock Summer

By Hannah Richell - Published 2018Published 2019


Summoned home to present-day England to care for her grandmother, Maggie Oberon finds Lillian ailing and confused, the grand manor of Cloudesley falling ...Read Review

The Downstairs Girl

By Stacey Lee - Published 2019


Children/Young Adult

Once again, Stacey Lee shines light on an overlooked segment of America’s past and reveals truths about its present. In Atlanta in 1890, ...Read Review

The Winterkeeper

By Anna Schmidt - Published 2019


Set in the winter of 1933, mostly in Montana, this is the story of the creation of a family. It opens with 14-year-old Millie ...Read Review

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