Beautiful and profoundly moving, The Master by Colm Toibin tells the story of Henry James, a man born into one of America's first intellectual families who leaves his country in the late nineteenth century to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers. In stunningly resonant prose, Tóibín captures the loneliness and the hope of a master of psychological subtlety whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed those he tried to love.
The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker Telling the story of two sisters who inherit their parents’ salt-farm, Baker twists magic, spite, and tension with the sisters’ decision of whether to stay with the family business or not. There is superstition, suspected witchery, and suspense thrown into this surprisingly layered tale, making it a lush and vibrant read. -S.M.C.