Best New Fiction is a monthly segment dedicated to highlighting the most interesting and noteworthy releases that will be published over the next thirty days.
They’re not for sale
There’s a pull quote on both the front and back cover of Joy Castro’s new short story collection How Winter Began from American Book Award winning author Sandra Cisneros which in its entirety reads, “Joy Castro’s writing is like watching an Acapulco cliff diver. It takes my breath away every time.” Yes, but no. Cisneros isn’t wrong per se, but she has failed to adequately convey the full effect that the power of Castro’s words can have on an unsuspecting reader. Watching implies that you’re standing a safe distance away from the action. There’s nothing even remotely safe about Joy Castro’s writing. You may be emotionally harmed by these stories. You will be changed by them. That’s their purpose. That’s her gift.
Every two years it rolls around. Yes my friends, it’s time once again for the Man Booker International Prize. £60,000 will go to one writer to celebrate their achievements in fiction writing. Who will it be?
In author Joy Castro’s debut novel Hell or High Water, a writer for a New Orleans newspaper comes face-to-face with a number of convicted sexual offenders as she desperately seeks to uncover the truth behind a shocking series of murders that have left residents of the area rattled.