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Escaping Exodus: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062867735
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harper Voyager - October 15th, 2019

A space odyssey, a class and gender struggle, and subtle eco-criticisms are brilliantly melded together in Drayden's latest work. I laughed at weird new phrases and...sticky situations; I cried with each broken heart, abused body, and stolen future; I cheered for certain shifts in power and moves for societal change. More than anything, I want to delve back into these confounding yet relatable characters, and learn as much as I can about the world within this captivating opera (which can probably teach us some much needed information about our own). Plus, I think this book's readability has finally turned me into a budding fan of the sci-fi genre, so yay!

Review by Katelynn

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The Island of Sea Women: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501154850
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

At the heart of this historical fiction is the lifelong friendship of two girls growing up in a matriarchal sea-diving community on the South Korean Island of Jeju.

While Korean (and world) history envelops the island we get a glimpse of a remarkable community of women that really exists and is not long for this world. Choices we make and how and IF we forgive are explored.

Review by Elisabeth