In This Issue

There's an embarrassment of riches in fiction by women this week, just in time for Women's History Month: Birnam Wood, Eleanor Catton's "maximally rewarding existential thriller," in which a New Zealand guerrilla gardening collective and the head of an American tech giant become unlikely bedfellows; in What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez, one of Claire Jimenez's greatest achievements "lies in the individual voices of her narrators" after Ruthy does not come home from school one day; Madelaine Lucas's debut novel, Thirst for Salt, an "engrossing drama" that invites readers to share in "the sheer magic of passion ignited and the sweet domesticity that is the reward of everyday love." Plus so many more!

In The Writer's Life, Asale Angel-Ajani talks about her first novel, A Country You Can Leave, as well as why she hid books from her mother, and how she found the book that changed her life.

--Jennifer M. Brown, senior editor, Shelf Awareness
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