The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress

At the time of her death in 2010, beloved author Beryl Bainbridge was working on this rollicking tale of a young Englishwoman who, in 1968, joins a man on a cross-country road trip through a turbulent America. Bainbridge's long-time friend and editor, Brendan King, picked up where the author left off, based on her manuscript and notes. This farewell offers us just what readers of novels like The Bottle Factory Outing have longed for: Bainbridge's sparkling wit, nuanced characters, and an engrossing story.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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