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November 15, 2019

Here are three  novels we particularly enjoyed this month. But don’t stop there. We also published two new books of our own this fall, so in addition to Joan Schweighardt’s Gifts for the Dead (Rivers 2) and these three wonderful novels, do make time in your schedu...

October 30, 2019

As much as I love historical fiction—especially historical fiction set in Russia and Eastern Europe (assuming the authors know what they’re talking about, that is)—I also love mystery stories. Not the hard-boiled, high-body-count variety but the so-called cozy mystery...

October 17, 2019

And while you’re browsing all these wonderful books, don’t miss our latest release: Joan Schweighardt’s Gifts for the Dead, book 2 in her Rivers trilogy.  Find out more by clicking her cover, below.

Melissa Albert, The Hazel Wood (Flatiron Books, 2018)

Melissa Albert‘s T...

September 27, 2019

According to online urban dictionaries, BFF has a variety of possible meanings, at least one of which is vulgar. Rest assured; here at Five Directions, where we are all women who were once little girls, BFF can only mean one thing: Best Friends Forever! 

Ariadne Apostol...

September 14, 2019

Angie Cruz, Dominicana (Flatiron Books, 2019)

Police raids on a factory to round up undocumented immigrants; a brown-skinned immigrant arrested after being the victim of a street assault; a young woman on her way to the grocery store keeping her eyes down and speaking t...

August 30, 2019

It’s my great pleasure to interview Joy Castro for this Spotlight feature. With her permission I’d like to introduce her with her recent (and very attention- getting) Twitter quote: "Wear yourself out physically every day. Meditate every day. Make love every day, even...

August 15, 2019

Anna Burns, Milkman (Faber and Faber, 2018)

“The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died.”

So opens Anna Burns’ darkly funny political novel, Milkman, set in 1970s Northern Ireland. A...

July 31, 2019

“Anything worth doing is worth overdoing,” Mick Jagger has said. And we agree. To a point. Regarding some things.

C. P. Lesley: Indulgences. Well, there’s chocolate, of course. And wine and cake and days at the beach. And coffee—really good coffee that tastes the way it...

July 15, 2019

Kate Braithwaite, The Girl Puzzle (Crooked Cat Books, 2019)

In 1887 Elizabeth Cochrane—a young reporter from Pittsburgh desperate to land a job at New York City’s The World, owned by Joseph Pulitzer—agrees to impersonate a madwoman and investigate conditions at Blackwel...

June 28, 2019

With this post, Five Directions Press author Joan Schweighardt—the author of The Last Wife of Attila the Hun and Before We Died, among other novels—is reviving our Spotlight series featuring authors both inside and outside our coop. Read on to find out more about the m...

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