On Our Bookshelf - February

On Our Bookshelf - February
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Every month, The Texas Signal Media Foundation will be spotlighting books we have read to share with our audience. If you would like to make a recommendation for us, drop us a line at editor@texassignal.com 

Devil Makes Three by Ben Fountain 

Taking place in Haiti just days after the 1991 coup, Fountain’s latest novel trades perspectives from three vastly different characters navigating the chaos and violence within the island nation. Fountain’s meticulous detail to place and time shine through the novel, which chillingly depicts the reality of living through political and social turmoil. Stay tuned because next month we’ll have a conversation with Fountain about this latest work, as well as more insight into his previous bestseller Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. (And stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Ben Fountain about this latest novel!)

The Nursery by Szilvia Molnar 

Molnar has worked for several years at a literary agency, and in this debut novel the Austin-based author creates a surreal portrait of new parenthood. Scenes of happy new motherhood are juxtaposed with the realities of postpartum life. The book is alternatingly funny, scary, and unsettling – not an easy feat for a first-time novelist. 

The Fraud by Zadie Smith 

The recent frigid weather was a great excuse for many of us at Texas Signal Media Foundation to locate our warmest blanket and books we’d been meaning to read since last year. One of us did just that with this latest from Smith that takes place amid one of the most famous trials in Victorian England. Smith creates a dazzling chronicle of class, race, and criminality in a familiar, but also engaging, environment.