This week's PW Picks for best new books of the week includes The Occupation of Eliza Goode by Gainesville author Shelley Fraser Mickle. Have you read The Queen of October or Replacing Dad or heard Shelley read essays on NPR? Her work so often combines humor and thoughtfulness which is not easy to do well and not with Shelley's grace. And I know personally that this thoughtfulness carries over into a personal life where she is kind to emerging writers.
So read this new novel where "Two modern-day women unravel a family secret by following a trail of letters left by a Civil War prostitute, telling of shame, survival and the discovery of love." Wowzer!