Save your eyes from mindlessly scrolling the screen and treat yourself to some #selfcare in the form of curling up with a steaming beverage of your choice and a good book. Opt for a page-turner from Pasadena’s own Red Hen Press, one of the few literary presses in the Los Angeles area that publishes a diverse range of poetry, literary fiction, and nonfiction that will happily distract from the extra hours spent at home. Monica Fernandez, Red Hen Press media manager, shares a few of Red Hen’s recently released recommendations below.
Sugar, Smoke, Song by Reema Rajbanshi
A short fiction debut about girls and women caught between their desires, others’ expectations, and unexpected disaster, and how they maneuver with humor and rage into wilder, surviving selves.
Unseen City by Amy Shearn
The novel details a multi-generational portrait of New York and the unexpected connections between a lonely Brooklyn librarian, a widower returning to his roots, and a ghost still lingering in a home that was one part of an activist-founded farming settlement.
Animal Wife by Lara Ehrlich
These short stories are unified by girls and women who cross this threshold seeking liberation from family responsibilities, from societal expectations, and from their own minds.
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