February 21, 2013
Less than a month before it goes on sale, The Albino Album has been highlighted in Library Journal as an Editor’s Spring Pick! Out of the thousand galleys that LJ sees a week, Chavisa Woods’ debut novel got the staff talking. Check out the review below:
“Meanwhile, I fell fast and easy for epic new novel THE ALBINO ALBUM (Seven Stories, March) by Chavisa Woods (Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind), a Brooklyn-based writer and artist and recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation Award for emerging writers. Devoid of pretense or fear, Woods tells a not so “normal” coming-of-age story set in the stretched-out underbelly of rural America. The lead character, whose name is unpronounceable—later she’s called Mya— accidentally feeds her mother to an albino tiger. Her childhood is spent in “white rooms” and the forest, where she’s known as the witch of the woods. In search of home, Mya circles race, sexuality, and class issues.
Smart but unworldly, Woods creates a new world for the contemporary misfit where circus performers, Catholic workers, fire jugglers, and power wives sit at the same table. A “gooble gobble” successor, Woods’s edgy sensuality doesn’t second-guess. Her language is clear, her home somewhere and nowhere.”
To see more of the Editor’s Spring Picks, read the full review here. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of The Albino Album, on sale March 19th.