Shelf Awareness gives PREPARE HER a Starred Review

“O. Henry Award-winner Genevieve Plunkett’s debut collection of a dozen stories, Prepare Her, is a vivid and emotionally raw look at the less-picturesque side of small-town Vermont life. In “Something for a Young Woman,” an adolescent girl bonds with her employer over her boyfriend’s shortcomings and, in her later years, reflects on this almost-romance with an older man. “Trespassers,” another female coming-of-age story, features teenaged Emi who copes with dissociative episodes, underwhelming sexual encounters and the loss of close female friendships. Meanwhile, “Gorgon,” a darkly tender story of a girl obsessed with myths and disturbed by the homeless man outside her window, captures the simultaneous feelings of loneliness and being watched that one experiences as a prepubescent girl.

Plunkett’s writing is mesmerizing in its even pacing, crisp prose and minute character insights. The deeply internal and meditative nature of her stories is well-captured in the particularly evocative opening to one of the collection’s best stories, “Single,” which describes a woman’s daydreams of living alone despite her stiff marriage to her childhood friend: “A room like in a poem, with soft ponderous light. Curtains. Old-fashioned colors, like faded yellows and olive green. There would be a book open on a tidy desk beside a bed with a single pillow.” The neatness and precision of Plunkett’s writing is well-suited for the quiet but emotionally deep nature of her characters, who straddle the line between a too-lucid understanding of the world and a longing to escape into the imaginative realm of the ever-evasive could-be. –Alice Martin, freelance writer and editor

Discover: Prepare Her is a well-crafted and emotionally astute collection of 12 stories with particular insight into the experience of girlhood.”

Read about it on Shelf Awareness here.

Genevieve Plunkett’s “A Girl’s Guide to Dead Horses in Vermont” in Lit Hub

Genevieve Plunkett’s essay on friendship, tourism, and equine grief appeared in Lit Hub. Read the piece here.

School Library Journal reviews THE WILD WORLD HANDBOOK by Andrea Debbink

Young people interested in conservation and climate activism or merely getting closer to nature will find much to expand their knowledge here…This accessible guide offers a good balance of detailed information with engaging activities and calls to action. It could be used successfully in STEAM, outdoor classroom, or environmental science units. A strong choice to inspire young changemakers for our planet.

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Publishers Weekly reviews SONG FOR JIMI: The Story of Guitar Legend Jimi Hendrix by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Smith relays the musical ascent of “git-tar superstar” Jimi Hendrix (1942–1970)—from birth to the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival—evoking in each of five protracted verses, plus an outro and interlude, musical styles that the left-handed guitarist famously melded to create his sound…Hendrix fans young and old will appreciate this look at how “Jimi showed the world/ how to kiss the sky.”

Read the review in PW here.