Put these 10 books by local authors on your must-read list – Orange County Register

Get ready book lovers, 2023 is getting lit. Established and first-time Southern California authors will be stocking bookstore shelves with everything from neo-noir detective thrillers and pill-popping mysteries to queer sci-fi storybooks. 2023 is the year for filling pockets with magical realism family sagas and extravagant royal tragedies and more. Make this the year to devour the delicious, devastating and moving stories from our local writers. These are some of them:

“The Hour Between the Dog and the Wolf” by Tara Ison

Release Date: February 21, 2023 (IG)

Born and raised in the Valley, author Tara Ison’s first novel was a finalist for the LA Times Book Awards. Another made Oprah Magazine’s “Best Books of Summer List.” This winter we can’t wait to get our hands on her latest work: Inspired by the early life of Ison’s stepmother, ‘At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf’ is the story of a 12-year-old Parisian Jewish girl during the Vichy War of the World War II, France. When Danielle Marton’s father is killed in the early days of the German occupation, her mother sends her away to hide out in a small farming village. Danielle, renamed Marie-Jeanne Chantier, struggles to reconcile the reality of her family and the fate of her country with the lies she must tell to protect herself. At first she is embittered at being separated from her mother and horrified at milking the cows and posing as a devout Catholic. But as the years go by and the cast worsens, Danielle finds it easier to distance herself from her former life. By the time she is 15 and talked about in the now divided city, Danielle has not only lost memories of the family she had to leave behind, but of herself and has transformed into a staunch Catholic and anti-Semite. A disturbingly contemporary story.

Ison will be reading from “At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf” on February 24 at 7 p.m. at Vroman’s in Pasadena.

“Empty Theatre: A Novel: or, the Lives of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and Empress Sisi of Austria (Queen of Hungary), cousins, in their quest for connection and beauty…” by Jac JemcRelease Date: February 21, 2023 (MCD/FSG)If you couldn’t put down Jac Jemc’s acclaimed “My Only Wife” or “False Bingo,” you need to keep an eye out for “Empty Theater,” which hits shelves this February. If you haven’t already guessed it from the title, Jemc brings us a flamboyant social satire that reinterprets the misadventures of legendary royal cousins ​​King Ludwig and Empress Sisi, who shared a passion for vanity and defiance. As a tragi-comic masterpiece, “Empty Theatre” immerses the reader in the world of Ludwig and Sisi – where the aesthetics of extravagance belies the isolation of its inhabitants. Readers follow two rare parallel lives and the complex, tenuous bond that bound them, told with empathy, humor and originality. If you’ve been obsessed with Hulu’s The Great, you might want to pre-order Jac Jemc’s Empty Theater.

“Burst” by Mary Otis

Release Date: April 4 (Zibby Books) Although originally from Boston, award-winning author Mary Otis has been a literary citizen of Los Angeles for some time. This spring, Otis, best known for her short stories, is publishing her debut novel, Burst, which explores the complex and nuanced relationships between mothers and daughters. Viva grew up with her mother Charlotte’s impulsive, eccentric and addictive personality. She had no choice – it had always been Charlotte and Viva against the world. After discovering an innate talent for dancing, Viva embraces her passion for the arts and pursues her dreams with the same intensity her mother chases alcohol. Over the years, Viva’s talent becomes her golden ticket and she moves away to pursue her destiny, but Charlotte struggles to reconcile her own past as a failed artist and the effects of her addiction. When tragedy strikes, Viva begins to understand how a daughter can become and become her mother again.

The Do Over by Suzanne ParkRelease Date: April 4th (Avon) Korean-American writer Suzanne Park was a stand-up comedian before becoming a novelist, appearing on the “Best of” lists of NPR, Marie Claire, The Today Show, and others. Her latest rom-com, The Do-Over, hits shelves in April. The protagonist Lily Lee is a bestselling author of the How to Be a Supernova At Work series and her editor wants a new book statistic – How to Land the Perfect Job. But when Lily lands a job at a top company, the employer finds she’s a few college credits short of graduating. This forces Lily to relive her senior year of college a decade later, complete with frat parties, dinners with “Dining Dollars,” and a class where her old college beau is the TA. This is a story about second chances and unexpected outcomes in life and love.

https://www.ocregister.com/2023/01/31/put-these-10-books-from-local-authors-on-your-must-read-list/ Put these 10 books by local authors on your must-read list – Orange County Register

Adam Bradshaw

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