The Vanishing Act

A wizardly father, his daughter, and a male companion on an island. Could this be The Tempest redux? There is indeed a hint of Shakespeare's play in this novel about twelve-year-old Minou's precocious engagement with the philosophical underpinnings of life. But ultimately, Mette Jakobsen's debut novel is more in line with such recent delights as The Night Circus and The Magician King.

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.