Authors to Admire, Writers to Watch Spring 2018: Anticipated Debuts

The BookWalker 'roams' the globe to discover books. Our list of emerging author standout includes writers from 'around the world', titles from both indie and trade.  Themes tackling topics from sexual trauma, financial malfeasance, war, corruption, modern politics, and digital bullying. Happy reading!

America Is Not the Heart: A Novel by Elaine Castillo 

An increasingly relevant story told with startling lucidity, humor, and an uncanny ear for the intimacies and shorthand of family ritual, America Is Not the Heart is a sprawling, soulful debut about three generations of women in one family struggling to balance the promise of the American dream and the unshakeable grip of history. With exuberance, grit, and sly tenderness, here is a family saga; an origin story; a romance; a narrative of two nations and the people who leave one home to grasp at another. Now Available at Amazon. Click here

Peach by Emma Glass 

Something has happened to Peach. Staggering around the town streets in the aftermath of an assault, Peach feels a trickle of blood down her legs, a lingering smell of her anonymous attacker on her skin. It hurts to walk, but she manages to make her way to her home, where she stumbles into another oddly nightmarish reality: Her parents can't seem to comprehend that anything has happened to their daughter.

The next morning, Peach tries to return to the routines of her ordinary life, going to classes, spending time with her boyfriend, Green, trying to find comfort in the thought of her upcoming departure for college. And yet, as Peach struggles through the next few days, she is stalked by the memories of her unacknowledged trauma. Now Available at Amazon. Click here

A Dress the Color of the Sky by Jennifer Erwin

For too many years, Prudence Aldrich has been numbing the pain in her life with random sexual encounters. Her marriage to cold, self-centered Nick is, not surprisingly, on the rocks. But after several dangerous experiences with strangers, Prudence finally realizes she needs therapy to stop her self-destructive behavior, and so she checks into the Serenity Hills rehab center.

Prudence blames herself for her irresponsible behavior and is filled with self-loathing. She's convinced she is completely at fault for Nick's manipulative attitude and believes with therapy, she can return their relationship to its idyllic beginnings. However, her therapist and the other members of her rehab group see the person behind the pain. As Prudence learns more about herself and the reasons for her behavior, including startling revelations about her childhood, she begins to understand the basis for her lack of sexual self-respect. She also learns she is not entirely to blame for the failure of her marriage. With the positive reinforcement of everyone at Serenity Hills, Prudence learns not to define herself by her past. But moving forward would mean letting go of Nick for good, and Prudence isn't sure she can.

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The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat (Holt ) Available at Amazon. Click here

Welcome To Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo ( Catapult ) Pre-Order nowClick here

She, Myself, and I by Emma Young. A brain transplant catapults a quadriplegic girl into an obsessive search for identity. Ages 13–up.

All Aboard! Let’s Ride a Train by Nichole Mara, illus. by Andrew Kolb. In this accordion-style book, readers lift flaps to help a boy find his hat on a train. Ages up to 3.

Better Together: A Book of Family by Barbara Joosse and Anneke Lisberg, illus. by Jared Schorr. This ode to families reveals how animals comfort and protect one another. Ages 3–5.

Broken Circle by J.L. and M.A. Powers (Oct. 3, paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-61775-580-4) launches a series about a boy who’s a soul guide shepherding others from life, through Limbo, to what lies beyond. Ages 12–up.

Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale by Gloria Koster, illus. by Sue Eastland gives a Hanukkah-themed twist to the “Little Red Riding Hood” story. Ages 4–8.

Don’t Wake the Yeti! by Claire Freedman, illus. by Claudia Ranucci offers tips on befriending and caring for a yeti. Ages 5–7.