Children and Fire

The events of Ursula Hegi's latest novel, which shares the setting of her most famous work, Stones from the River, are constrained within a single day in 1934, yet manage to cover an epic series of events in the lives of German schoolteacher Thekla Jansen and her pupils, who face growing Nazi interference in their routines.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.