Archives for April 2014

“Emigration to Liberia,” by Matthew F.K. McDaniel

Reviewed by Allen Mendenhall Emigration to Liberia is the story of the nearly 500 African-Americans who left Columbus, Georgia, and Eufaula, Alabama, from 1853 to 1903, to emigrate to Liberia, the West African nation that was founded in 1822 by United States colonization. Matthew F.K. McDaniel marshals evidence from written correspondence and newspapers to piece […]

Amy Susan Wilson Interviews Karetta Hubbard and Molly Tinsley, Co-authors of the Novel “Satan’s Chamber”

ASW:  Karetta and Molly, congratulations on the success of your novel, Satan’s Chamber, which you wrote collaboratively. Your novel is set in Sudan and is a spy thriller as well as a novel of social justice. Why don’t we begin with your giving us an overview? KH & MT:  Satan’s Chamber is action-packed, and casts […]

“The Trench Garden,” by L.C. Fiore

Reviewed by Donna Meredith In L.C. Fiore’s short story, “The Trench Garden,” which appears in the new Ploughshare’s Solos series, four men come together to restore a ravine in Tennessee while World War II rages on the other side of the ocean. With his clear prose, Fiore crafts a story that meets Poe’s primary directive: it strives […]

“White Trash,” by Alexandra Allred

Reviewed by Michael Pitts In her latest offering, White Trash, former Olympian Alexandra Allred takes the reader back to the familiar town of Granby, Texas. In a place denoted by gossip and complicated social relationships, a young single mother acts as a commentator, comically analyzing the peculiarities of each person and social group. The text […]

April Read of the Month: “Wet Work,” by Donna Meredith

Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro “This isn’t what Isaac Harewood hoped to buy with his money.” Not at all. Rather, in Wet Work, the latest novel by Tallahassee’s award-wining author Donna Meredith, Harewood expects to purchase a falsehood and restore his wealth at the expense of the well-being of the unsuspecting public. By donating millions […]

Claire Hamner Matturro

Claire Hamner Matturro, a former lawyer and college teacher, is the author of four legal mysteries with a sense of humor. Her books are Skinny-Dipping (2004) (a BookSense pick, Romantic Times’ Best First Mystery, and nominated for a Barry Award); Wildcat Wine (2005) (nominated for a Georgia Writer of the Year Award); Bone Valley (2006) and Sweetheart Deal (2007) (winner of Romantic Times’ Toby Bromberg […]