15 Worthwhile Books You Might Have Missed in 2015

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White Light, Vanessa Garcia (Shade Mountain Press)

Garcia explores life of Veronica, a Cuban-American artist from Miami on the verge of success and personal catastrophe at the same time, in this debut. “Veronica’s story is a relentless engine, told in rich, smart prose and lucid detail — equal parts elegy and portrait of an artist,” wrote Kirkus. “A lush, vibrant portrayal of the creative pro
cess, a daughter’s love, and the unstoppable maelstrom of grief.”  — Sarah Seltzer