Carter combines explosive bursts of emotion, vibrant characters and an unrelenting battle between right and wrong. Her ability to draw you to that thin line that separates genius and insanity will leave you wanting more.
Artist Islam loses his mother to suicide; his long-term girlfriend to his commitmentphobia; and even his own mind when he finally experiences love. Islam paints himself into a painful corner when he falls for the wife of a tycoon. (Dafina, Oct., 344 pp., $15.00)
Jennifer R. Wells-Marani