In This Issue

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah delivers a scathing condemnation of the penal system in the novel Chain Gang All-Stars, in which prisoners fight to the death to shorten their jail time. Bestselling Chinese author Murong Xuecun reports from inside Wuhan via eight testimonies in Deadly Quiet City, "an urgent chronicle of a pivotal period in world history, and a fierce indictment of the Chinese Communist Party." The team behind Her Right Foot, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris, introduce, in The Eyes and the Impossible, an animal world that exists alongside our own for "a thought-provoking examination of identity, belonging, and freedom."

The Writer's Life spotlights a brother-sister team whose "pick-your-path" work of nonfiction, Search for a Giant Squid, puts readers in the role of scientist, testing their hypotheses.

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