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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 11/21/22 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading Blackwater Falls, a recently published thriller by Ausma Zehanat Khan about the mystery of missing immigrant girls in Colorado; I'm reading True Biz, Sara Novic's coming-of-age story set in a boarding school for deaf students; and I'm reading Tell Me an Ending, Jo Harkin's speculative fiction about the purposeful erasing of memories--and what might happen if someone who wanted to forget suddenly remembers all of their past pain.

What are you reading these days, bookworms?


01 Blackwater Falls by Ausma Zehanat Khan

In the Colorado town of Blackwater Falls, girls from immigrant families have been disappearing. But it takes finding the body of a golden-child student and star athlete--positioned for attention in a mosque--for the police to take action.

Detective Inaya Rahman and Lieutenant Waqas Seif work to solve the mystery of the girls' murders--running up against complications, prejudices, and roadblocks of all kinds.

Khan explores racial injustice, police corruption, and the implications of American politics in this recent thriller.

I received a prepublication edition of this book courtesy of NetGalley and St. Martin's Press.


02 True Biz by Sara Novic

Students at the residential River Valley School for the Deaf are trying to get through finals, have typical teenage crushes on each other, and make the most of living out from under their parents' roofs.

The hearing headmistress (a CODA--a child of deaf adults), the rebellious new transfer student Charlie, and teacher's pet Austin find that their struggles link their lives in unexpected ways.

True Biz, by the author of Girl at War, is a coming-of-age story that also explores the importance society places on language and the crucial role of community.


03 Tell Me an Ending by Jo Harkin

Jo Harkin's speculative fiction Tell Me an Ending is about a tech company that erases unwanted memories.

When people around the world are notified that they have requested and have had specific memories removed, a collective shock takes over.

Harkin tracks four characters as they cope with what they may have lost, and whether it's best to leave forgotten pain behind.

Meanwhile, a psychologist at a memory recovery clinic begins reinstating memories at individuals' requests--and dealing with the significant emotional fallout as people face the pain and confusion of facing their pasts.


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