If you like a mix of science, mystery, colonialism, exotic places, and a dash of violence in your fiction then I predict you'll love Rachael King's The Sound of Butterflies. I did. I was swept away by this mystery of why a butterfly collector returned to his wife from the Amazon, mute and in a state of shock.
Another book I read recently and would recommend is Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle. It's amazing on so many levels. Jeannette tells what is was like growing up with unconventional, self-centered, brilliant, neglectful and unique parents and living in dangerous poverty most of her life. Walls' tells her story with a compassion for her parents and with grace.
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.