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THE SHADOWS de Stacy Willingham

A psychological thriller executed to perfection with darkly nuanced textures, rich characterization and an instantly-arresting voice combined with the sort of wonderfully twisty commercial plotting that so energized The Silent Patient and The Woman in the Window.

by Stacy Willingham
Macmillan, February 2022

THE SHADOWS is the story of Chloe Davis, a psychologist coming up on the 20th anniversary of the event that destroyed her family: the day when, as a 12 year old, she found a critical piece of evidence that proved her father was a serial killer, and which would lead to his being convicted for the murders of six teenage girls. And while the freight of those events has followed her like a shadow ever since, it’s also the thing she has spent her entire adult life fighting and overcoming. Now 32, Chloe seems to have won. She has built a thriving practice as a psychologist in Baton Rouge, (using her own childhood trauma to help other young, troubled girls), fostered a rich community of friends, has even managed to work through her trust issues, and is engaged to be married to a loving and supportive partner. But behind those hopeful outlines of a normal, happy life lurk paranoia, unhealthy choices, and the steady ticking of dread that, at any moment, Chloe’s carefully-constructed equilibrium might come crashing down around her… And on the eve of that 20th anniversary, it does…

Stacy Willingham is 29. She studied journalism at the University of Georgia and holds an MFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

L’auteur Bryan Washington s’exprime sur l’affaire George Floyd dans le New Yorker

Dans l’article « George Floyd, Houston’s Protests, and Living Without the Benefit of the Doubt » récemment publié par le New Yorker, Bryan Washington évoque ses souvenirs du quartier de Third Ward à Houston au Texas, où a grandi George Floyd, et décrit ses impressions après avoir participé à une manifestation en sa mémoire la semaine dernière. Il fait part de ses réflexions sur ce que le mouvement de soutien à George Floyd signifie pour la société américaine.

Bryan Washington est l’auteur du recueil de nouvelles LOT, paru l’an dernier chez Riverhead Books aux Etats-Unis, et du roman MEMORIAL, à paraître en octobre prochain. Il a remporté de nombreux prix, dont le Dylan Thomas Prize, le Ernest J. Gaines Award, le O’Henry Short Story Prize, et le Lambda Literary Award annoncé le mois dernier. Il fait aussi partie des jeunes auteurs sélectionnés par la National Book Foundation en 2019 (« 5 Under 35 »). Les droits de langue française des deux ouvrages sont toujours disponibles.

TEMPER de Layne Fargo

A razor-sharp page-turner about female ambition and what happens when fake violence draws real blood.

by Layne Fargo
Scout Press, publication July 2019

After years of struggling in the Chicago theater scene, ambitious actress Kira Rascher finally lands the role of a lifetime. The catch? Starring in Temper means working with Malcolm Mercer, a mercurial director who’s known for pushing his performers past their limits—on stage and off. Kira’s convinced she can handle Malcolm, but the theater’s co-founder, Joanna Cuyler, is another story. Joanna sees Kira as a threat—to her own thwarted artistic ambitions, her twisted relationship with Malcolm, and the shocking secret she’s keeping about the upcoming production. But as opening night draws near, Kira and Joanna both start to realize that Malcolm’s dangerous extremes are nothing compared to what they’re capable of themselves.An edgy, addictive, and fiendishly clever tale of ambition, deceit, and power, Temper is a timely, heart-in-your-throat psychological thriller that will leave you breathless.

« Toying with the line between victim and villain, real life and fantasy, TEMPER revels in its mind games, delivering twist after twist as it races toward a Shakespearian climax. The final page will leave you gasping. » – Amy Gentry, author of Last Woman Standing.
“TEMPER alternates narrators between Kira and Johanna and builds a sense of suspense that will keep readers guessing, literally until the last page. Fargo’s first novel features complicated female characters and will be well received by fans of Gillian Flynn and Tana French.” – Booklist

With an announced first print run of 75,000 copies, TEMPER is a Publishers Marketplace Spring/Summer 2019 Buzz Book and a Lead Title for Simon & Schuster, with the support of S&S President and Publisher Jonathan Karp.

A haunting world of secrets and obsessions

by Kathleen Donohoe
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt February 2020

In the vein of The Lovely Bones and The Little Friend, Ghosts of the Missing follows the mysterious disappearance of a twelve-year-old girl during a town parade and the reverberations of this tragedy throughout the town.
On Saturday, October 28, 1995, a girl vanished. She was not a child particularly prized in town…When questioned by reporters, those who’d known Rowan described her as ‘quiet’ and ‘loner’ and ‘shy’ and even ‘awkward.’ Words for pity.
Culleton, New York has a long history—of writers, of artists, and of unsolved mysteries. It’s where Adair grew up before she moved to Brooklyn to try to make it as an artist. But after years away from her hometown and little to show for it, Adair decides to return. She moves back in to Moye House, the old mansion, and current writer’s retreat, imbued with her family’s legacy. Ciaran is a writer staying at Moye House in the hopes of finally solving the mystery of what happened to Rowan Kinnane—his sister, and Adair’s childhood best friend. As the two begin investigating, secrets long buried rise to the surface, complicating their sense of themselves and their understanding of what happened on that fateful day.
With her “knack for capturing heartbreaking moments with a gripping simplicity” (V
illage Voice), Kathleen Donohoe lures us into and shows just how far people will go in order to find the truth.

Kathleen Donohoe’s stories and essays have appeared in The Recorder, New York Stories, and Washington Square Review. She serves on the Board of Irish American Writers & Artists. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

ATTRACTION de Ruby Porter

                                       ‘A melancholic and haunting meditation on postcolonial guilt

                                                                                By Ruby Porter
                                                                                                                    Text publishingr, May 2019

In lyrical fragments, Ruby Porter explores what it means to be and to belong, to create and to destroy.
ATTRACTION is a meditative novel of connection, inheritance and the stories we tell ourselves.
Three women are on a road trip, navigating the motorways of the North Island of New Zealand, their relationships with one another, and the country’s colonial history. Our narrator doesn’t know where she stands with Ilana, her not-quite girlfriend. She has a complex history with her best friend, Ashi. She’s haunted by the memory of her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend. And her period is late. Ruby Porter was born in 1993 and is a tutor of creative writing at the University of Auckland. She has been published in Geometry Journal, Aotearotica, Spinoff and Wireless, and a selection of her poetry is available on NZEPC. In 2018                                                                   she  won the Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Contest.