New and Featured Titles


The Solace of Monsters

Mara's dogged curiosity and integrity give the novel an appealing energy. She's an engaging heroine. . . . Blauner often reaches for a quirky expression of detail that sometimes creates a charming image . . . and sometimes verges on silly … but when her writing is at its clearest and simplest, Mara's wonder at her journey and the people she meets springs off the page and welcomes the reader into her world.

Stony River

“A taut, compelling portrait of a small town’s underbelly. With sinister imagery and crisp, evocative prose, Dower pulls back the cloak of 1950s ‘innocence’ to expose the ugly secrets that lie in wait, teeth grown sharp in the dark.”
—Billie Livingston,
The Crooked Heart of Mercy and One Good Hustle

“Think Mad Men but even madder.”
Toronto Star

The Gospel of Simon

“As this book shows, there are many similarities between Christianity and Buddhism, such as the practices of compassion, love, contemplation, and tolerance.”
—The Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

“In a world where the media relentlessly inflames fear and hatred, here is a quiet voice espousing the triumph of love and peace.”
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Stealing Indians

“A poignant story of colonization and assimilation, something I know a little bit about.
A masterpiece.”
—Chinua Achebe

“One of our most brilliant writers tells a harsh truth about American history.”
—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

Among the Dead

Ligon handles this latticework with impressive fluidity and dramatic momentum, the disparate voices lacing the novel with the melancholy of aborted and fractured love
—New York Times Book Review

“Unsettling.... Ligon’s is a convincing presentation of human nature. Nikki laments at one point, “We’d end up getting married … and I would shrink a little every year and lose pieces of myself until there’d be nothing left. But wasn’t that what happened to everyone?” Fear is what’s driven Nikki in the past, and now her past has caught up with her with a vengeance.”
—Foreword Reviews

Indian Giver

“Smelcer’s poems are for the taking, and he doesn’t want them back. They’re ours to keep with their satire, outrageously dark humor, and healing doses of pain.”
—Dale E. Seeds, Midwest Book Review Bookwatch

Girl Singer

"Carlon covers an unbelievable amount of ground in one novel…. Part jazz panegyric, part world history tour, altogether readable." --Kirkus

Trench Angel

"The novel's unfiltered lens reveals war's cost to the human psyche, the amorality of concentrated wealth, the cancer of racial and ethnic hatred, and the nearly unresolvable conflict between familial loyalty and moral responsibility."--Kirkus

Savage Mountain

“Smelcer clearly knows his way around Alaskan mountains.”
David Roberts, author of The Mountain of My Fear, etc.


Lonesome Trails

Like Hill’s superb debut, East of Denver (2014), this one isn’t really a crime novel, but it surely is a damn fine, if distinctly peculiar, country noir.


Going Anywhere Cover

"David Armstrong is a writer we've been waiting for, and Going Anywhere is a milestone collection."
—Douglas Unger


"A survival story, but one with a strong heart." —ForeWord

"A thought-provoking and moving coming-of-age story."
Publishers Weekly

"More psychological depth than Robinson Crusoe."—Frank McCourt 


"Gems of langage in English and in translation echoing across the globe." —Joseph Heithas, author of Poison Sonnets

Lone Wolves

“A beautiful and moving story of courage and love.”
Ray Bradbury

“Powerful, eloquent and fascinating, showcasing a vanishing way of life in rich detail.” —Kirkus 

 Wonder Chamber

"Malloy demonstrates a real flair for weaving an engrossing historical puzzle into her mystery plot. Carefully assembling her story, she gently reels us in. [The] third series entry is perfect for readers craving an elaborate scheme." —Libraray Journal, starred review

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The first-prize winner of the 2016 Leapfrog Fiction Contest is
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