Daughters of the Revolution

1968 boasts hundreds of books chronicling its majesty and weirdness. But such is the complexity and relevance of the year that another well-done volume is always welcome, and Carolyn Cooke ups the ante with her period novel by injecting a dose of African-American sass into the whitebread environment of a fusty prep school, where a lone female student threatens to revolutionize the staid establishment: the whole era in miniature!

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 Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.