Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away

A first novel that knows how to tell a story, concocting a voice that lures us. Perfect pitch is not reserved for musicians; some novelists have it, too. From the very first page of her very first book, Christie Watson proves she possesses it, creating a voice that tells a tale we can't put down. Narrated by a 12-year-old whose family life in Lagos is disrupted by passions, politics, and poverty, Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away delivers a tale that is, in the words of one early reader, "both heart-wrenching and consoling," as only the most telling fiction can be.

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.