Title: THE ALGONQUIN READER
Issue: SPRING 2020
Cover Illustrator: CURTIS PARKER
Genre: FICTION, LITERARY FICTION
RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
ABOUT THE SPRING 2020 ISSUE:
The Spring/Summer 2020 Algonquin Reader.
Discover the inspiration behind each book listed in this season’s issue through an original essay by the author.
Then enjoy an excerpt from each novel or short story collection.
The books featured in this issue are:
Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
On Sale April 2020
The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
On Sale March 2020
Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle Dr
On Sale June 2020
The Falling Woman by Richard Farrell
On Sale June 2020
The Lives of Edie Pritchard by Larry Watson
On Sale July 2020
A House Is a Body by Shruti Swamy
On Sale August 2020
With or Without You by Caroline Leavitt
On Sale August 2020
THE ALGONQUIN READER is a literary fiction magazine. I received an ARC (Advance Review Copy) of the SPRING/SUMMER 2020 issue.
In this issue, a selection of authors who have books being published between March and August of 2020, each wrote an essay and include an excerpt from their upcoming book.
The first author to be included was Julia Alvarez whose book AFTERLIFE was published in April of 2020. Her essay speaks of the evolution of her writing style as well as her writing routine. The excerpt from AFTERLIFE had the intended effect on me, as I have now added it to the list of books I want to read this year.
Next up was the incredibly talented author of THE MOUNTAINS SING – Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai. In her essay titled “Climbing Many Mountains,” she writes about her life in Vietnam and how winning a writing competition at the age of ten, which she had secretly entered, led her to spend her teen years talking to relatives and elders about their lives. This inquisitiveness (unknownst to her at the time) was the beginning of her research for THE MOUNTAINS SING. Also included is an excerpt from her amazing book which I have already read and will be reviewing soon. She ends her essay with the following quote:
“I hope the story of Huóng and Diêu Lan helps international readers discover our common humanity, as in the words of Huóng: ‘Somehow I was sure that if people were willing to read each other, and see the light of other cultures, there would be no war on earth.'”
The third included author is JILL McCORKLE whose book: HIEROGLYPHICS is due for release in June. Her book is based around two historic tragedies, a train derailment in 1941 and a nightclub fire in 1942. At the conclusion of her essay, author Jill McCorkle states:
“My hope is that the readers of Hieroglyphics will be entertained by these characters and their lives, but I also hope it will lead them to think of various fragments and images from their own lives and to experience the oldest and purest form of time travel – memory.”
I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. The essay, as well as the excerpt included in the Spring issue of THE ALGONQUIN READER has succeeded in piqueing my interest.
THE FALLING WOMAN by Richard Farrell is a tale of suspense. A plane crashes and the sole survivor is a woman, and the story is about her, as well as the young agent whose job it is to find her. THE FALLING WOMAN is being released in June. In his essay, author Richard Farrell says:
“We all are haunted by something – something we did or didn’t do – and the passing years either add to the weight or diminish it.”
I agree and identify wholeheartedly with this quote.
The final three books highlighted in the Spring 2020 Issue of THE ALGONQUIN READER are:
1. The Lives of Edie Pritchard by Larry Watson which hits bookstore shelves in July of 2020.
2. A House Is a Body by Shruti Swamy
is set for release in August of 2020
3. With or Without You by Caroline Leavitt which goes on sale August 2020.
Out of all the books highlighted, I most want to get my hands on a copy of AFTERLIFE by Julia Alvarez.
Courtesy of ALGONQUIN BOOKS, you can read an excerpt from AFTERLIFE by clicking HERE
You can also read an essay by the author HERE
And, last but not least, you can download a FREE BOOK CLUB KIT for Afterlife HERE
I rate the Spring 2020 Issue of THE ALGONQUIN READER as a hearty 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
*Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book.*
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER:
Founded in 1983, Algonquin Books started as a small Southern house but quickly garnered national attention for publishing authors such as Julia Alvarez, Kaye Gibbons, Robert Morgan, and Lee Smith. In 1989, Algonquin was acquired by Workman Publishing. Algonquin is recognized internationally as a literary publishing house with numerous fiction and nonfiction bestsellers and award winners. Algonquin Young Readers is a new imprint that features books for readers seven to seventeen.
To learn more about this Publisher visit the following links: