April Indie Next List

Two books tossed at me are on the April Indie Next List.

The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau
Blue Rider Press

No surprise here.  I firmly expect this culture clash (West/Middle East) salvation story to be in every freshman college lit program in a few years.  Again, I will call it a modern classic.  The timelessness of the issues Dau explores (cultural differences, fluidity of memory, faith and guilt) makes this novel a must have in hardback.

See my full review here:  http://www.tossedinmylap.blogspot.com/2012/03/book-of-jonas.html.

The Book of Madness and Cures:  A Novel by Regina O’Melveney
Little, Brown & Company

What could possible be more interesting than a novel about the exploration of madness in Renaissance Europe?  The tapestry of this novel is woven with the lush setting across two continents, a brilliant woman’s navigation through patriarchal society and a journey in search of a missing father lost in a mental abyss.  Each of these elements gives The Book of Madness and Cures wide appeal.

My complete thoughts:  http://www.tossedinmylap.blogspot.com/2012/02/book-of-madness-and-cures.html.

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