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Tan Twan Eng, HOUSE OF DOORS
It’s 1921 in Penang, a British colony in what was then called Malaya. Famed author Somerset Maugham has come to visit his old army buddy, Robert. As always, he’s prospecting for stories to inspire his writing. His host’s wife Lesley does not disappoint.
She confides a story of love and revolution, and another one with a murder mystery at its center, both of which reveal the fault lines of race, gender, sexuality, and power under empire.
House of Doors is a beautifully written novel based on real events. An international bestseller, it’s longlisted for the Booker Prize. Tan Twan Eng is also the author of the award-winning novel, The Garden of Evening Mists.
Kerri Maher, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL
In this post-Roe time, when the Supreme Court has stripped women of the right to decide when or if they will bear children, it’s vital to remember what is was like before Roe.
It’s also vital to remember how some incredibly courageous women and their male allies — like those of the clandestine abortion service Jane in Chicago — organized to provide reproductive choice to women in spite of the ban on abortion.
Kerri Maher brings that history to life In her engaging new novel, All You Have To Do Is Call. While her characters are fictional, the novel illustrates the true history of Jane — it’s foundation in the women’s liberation movement, race and class disparities in that movement, and the risks facing the brave women who participated.
A previous guest on Writer’s Voice, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, who we interviewed about her book, Take My Hand, said of All You Have To Do is Call: “A captivating tale of women sacrificing everything in order to support other women. Everyone should read and discuss this book. Everyone.”
In addition to All You Have To Do Is Call, Kerri Maher is the author of four previous books, including three novels.