In This Issue

Among the standout fiction reviewed this week: Lauren Groff's fifth novel, The Vaster Wilds, the story of a runaway servant that "combines visceral detail and magisterial sweep"; plus two notable debuts--The Trio by Johanna Hedman, translated from the Swedish by Kira Josefsson, "an appealing story of a romantic triangle from a gifted author"; and Julius Taranto's How I Won a Nobel Prize, which "makes readers laugh one moment and then consider their own moral position the next." Plus, three great talents unite for A Walk in the Woods by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, a "moving and lyrical account of a Black boy finding solace in nature." And so many more!

In The Writer's Life, Yael Goldstein-Love (The Possibilities) reveals how books have shaped her over time, from D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths to Victor LaValle's The Changeling.

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