In 1917, the poet and decorated soldier Siegfried Sassoon made a public declaration urging the British government to end WWI, saying, "I have seen and endured the sufferings of the troops, and I can no longer be a party to prolonging those sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust." In response, his superiors declared him mentally unfit and sent him to a psychiatric hospital. In Barker's brilliant reimagining of the event, Sassoon meets with the compassionate Dr. Rivers, and the two men try to discover what it means to be "sane" in a time of war.
After discovering dozens of taped interviews for a biography of the poet Frank O'Hara that her father, Peter Schjeldahl, abandoned 30 years earlier, Calhoun decided to pick up where he left off. Along the way, she uncovered insights, revelations, and delightful anecdotes about the brilliant yet somehow still underrated O'Hara—but she excavated even more about her fraught relationship with her own father than she could have predicted.
After mastering the short story, Enríquez went big for her first novel. Following the death of their wife and mother, a father and son go on a road trip to discover more about—and fight against—her family's powerful, mystical cult. Enríquez uses this tale of haunted houses, human sacrifices, and the occult to tell a story of generational trauma, the fallout from Argentina's history of colonialism and dictatorship, and the redemptive power of friendship. It's perfect for Stephen King fans who want to try something new.