Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ Sweetland by Michael Crummey (Liveright, $24.95) — The bestselling author (2009’s Galore) lives in Newfoundland and sets his latest off its coast on a remote island. The government has offered the residents tidy sums to resettle, with one contingency: Everybody must go. Moses Sweetland — a descendant of the island’s founding fathers — holds out, incurring the wrath of his neighbors until he makes a decision to join them in a new life. Or does he? The audiobook (HighBridge, $39.99) is narrated by actor John Lee.
▪ The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell (Scribner, $30) — The Texas author uses the story of two teenage girls to examine a World War II internment camp in Crystal City — a desert town in Zavala County near the Mexico border. Families of Italian, German and Japanese descent were rounded up and housed there in harsh conditions, with some becoming part of the secret “quiet passage” government prisoner-exchange program. Russell will sign her book at 7 p.m. April 17 at the Hulen Barnes & Noble, 4801 Overton Ridge Blvd., Fort Worth; 817-346-2368.
▪ Mort(e) by Robert Repino (Soho Press, $26.95) — This is the author’s debut novel, and the narrator is Mort(e) the cat. But not just any ordinary kitty. Mort(e) — his “slave” name was Sebastian — has morphed from house tabby to human proportions, becoming a fierce warrior for The Colony, a race of giant ants that have declared war on humans for dominion over the Earth. But Mort(e) is really driven in the search for Sheba, the dog next door he met before the change, and finding his friend becomes his cause.
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— Celeste Williams