Cincinnati native David Bell’s latest thriller, The Forgotten Girl,
centers on Jason Danvers, a 45-year-old graphic designer in small-town
Ohio whose comfortable existence is seriously altered when his wayward
younger sister re-enters his life.
High as the Horses’ Bridles, the
debut novel by Scott Cheshire, is about what happens after a 12-year-old
boy-prophet named Josiah Laudermilk delivers an impassioned apocalyptic
sermon to a group of about 3,000 impassioned faithful.
Walking the Steps of Cincinnati: A Guide to the Queen City’s Scenic and Historic Secrets isa
wholly delightful book that first appeared in 1998 and returns in a
revised edition as the weather invites taking full advantage of its
Dorothy Weil’s new novel, Love and Terror, takes
place in a past so recent that we’ve all been there — the middle of the
21st century’s first decade — and is set in a place we know just as
changing. Nowhere is this fact more apparent than in our once-sleepy
downtown. From The Banks to Over-the-Rhine, from Fountain Square to
Washington Park, the urban core is alive with activity.
Since our botched invasion and futile
occupation of Iraq, there have been several excellent accounts of this
costly, deadly debacle —unfortunately all written from the perspective
of American and other Western-based writers.
Rust Belt towns across the upper Midwest
are on the verge of oblivion, their economies hallowed out by
technological innovation and globalization. Yet many are not ready to
give up on blue-collar bastions like Akron, Ohio, as David Giffels’ new
Since the publication of Noblesville, Ind., author Susan Crandall’s Whistling Past the Graveyard,
readers have been falling in love with both the novel and its
precocious 9-year-old narrator, Starla Claudelle. For Crandall, the
award-winning author of nine previous novels, this release is a
departure of sorts
Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers
is rightly being hailed as one the of the best novels in recent memory, a
deeply immersive book marked by incisive cultural observations and a
vividly descriptive prose style that is drawing comparisons to everyone
from Flaubert to Don DeLillo.
Since bursting onto the literary stage in 1992 to huge acclaim and equally impressive sales with The Secret History, Donna Tartt has been content to immerse herself in her writing, publishing only two other books since.