By Laura van den Berg
Laura van den Berg's attractive new publication, The Isle of Youth, explores the lives of girls mired in secrecy and deception. From a newlywed stuck in an inscrutable marriage, to non-public eyes operating a baffling case in South Florida, to who assists her magician mom and steals from the viewers, the characters in those bewitching tales are instantaneously susceptible and unsafe, bighearted and ruthless, and they'll do what it takes to outlive.
Each story is spun with dependent urgency, and the reader grows hooked up to the marginalized younger women in those stories―women grappling with the alternatives they have made and looking for the clues to unencumber their internal worlds. this can be the paintings of a fearless author whose tales consider either magical and mystical, incomes her the name of "sorceress" from her readers. Be ready to fall lower than her spell.
An NPR most sensible ebook of 2013