Every Hidden Shelf author that released a book in 2021 has received at least one award or finalist recognition for their excellent writing and notable works of fiction!
Browse the titles below and see for yourself what all the hype is about!
House Number 12 Block Number 3, Sana Balagamwala
Named as Foreword Reviews Gold Medal Multicultural Book of the Year in the prestigious Foreword Indies Awards
Pakistani-American debut author, Sana Balagamwala, beautifully chronicles a coming of age story that grapples with trauma, culture, love, and loss – set against the backdrop of Pakistan’s political unrest of the late 20th century.
The house that has sheltered the Rahmat family for decades, House Number 12 on Block Number 3, has been the only witness to a horrific crime, knows Nadia’s tragic secret and the reason for her illness, and is compelled to narrate her story. This utterly original novel explores the misinformation and social taboos that surround mental illness and sexual violence in South Asian cultures. It shines a light on both the personal and the political, as it chronicles a time period in Pakistani history riddled with political strife and reveals how a country in turmoil reflects a young girl’s trauma.
“Gentle, evocative; an assured debut on a subject that has been swept under the rug for far too long.” –Sanam Maher, journalist and author of The sensational life of Qandeel Baloch.
Honored with three awards so far this year. Winner of Best African American Fiction in both the National Indie Excellence Book Award and the Next Generation Indie Book Award, and a Bronze Medalist for Best Regional Fiction (South) in the Indie Publishing Book Awards
A brilliant novel about family ties, generational racism, and a mysterious murder that casts its shadow across a man fulfilling his mother’s dying wish.
Some ghosts cannot stay buried.
“Through twists and turns down the dark roads of the Jim Crow era and today’s south, The Souls of Clayhatchee shines a light on the magnetism of family and the shattering effects of racist violence. Brisk, touching, and entertaining … sweeping me into a world I could never enter myself, and I will never forget.” — Paul Hertneky, author, Rust Belt Boy
A debut middle grade novel by wildlife biologist and award-winning science writer, Bruce L. Smith
In a perilous place at the roof of the world, an orphaned mountain goat is rescued from certain death by a mysterious raven. Communication between a mountain goat and raven might seem strange. But what becomes more unreachable is Buddy’s realization that she alone can save a band of goats from the great danger foretold in an ancient legend. This brilliant tale with a clever mix of discovery will spark the intellectual curiosity of every reader.
“Legend Keepers is a charming animal centric adventure sure to delight readers with a heart for the wilderness.”
––Rosanne Parry, NYT bestselling author of A Wolf Called Wander
Look for book #2 in the Legend Keepers Series, The Partnership, coming in August.
Toward the end of 1999, as the world anxiously anticipates a new century, John Hammond reluctantly celebrates a childhood goal—to live one hundred years.
Lately, the old man has been oddly energized, fading into dreams that are particularly vivid, strangely real. Also, in these dreams, he is suddenly young again, strong again, and the past so very real again.
When Shelly Kingston is hired to put together a short birthday documentary about John’s life, the young filmmaker is intrigued by the old man’s stories and his unpublished, unfinished writings. John Hammond is intrigued by her.
Another distant dream . . .
“Captivating, visual, worthy of a screenplay. I loved the dream sequences and the way Gaines tackles the old/young sexuality theme. An engaging writer who handles dialogue beautifully.”
– Leo Armbruster – retired Judge, folk singer
Out of the Water, Ann Marie Stewart
Christy Award® winning author, Ann Marie Stewart delivers a powerful and heartfelt novel revealing five generations of secrets. In the search for healing and truth, a century of stories unravel from the stony cliffs of Ireland, to Boston, France, and Seattle.
With puzzling suspense, unforgettable characters, and uncanny insight, Out of the Water is an intoxicating novel of motherhood, secrets, and the profound ramifications our decisions have. Readers will be left wondering: ultimately, is it always better to know the truth?
“Moving, eloquent, and tender, Ann Marie Stewart’s novel, Out of the Water, follows five interconnected women seeking answers, wholeness, and their own definition of home.” –Jolina Petersheim, best-selling author of How the Light Gets In.
Catherine Leigh and Kyle Weston have the perfect friendship—deep, lasting, and platonic. Friendship without sex? The world of gossip doesn’t buy it. You see, Catherine is beautiful, trusting, and married. Kyle is single, charming, a handsome movie star with a tabloid reputation.
Their bond may be magical and honest, but will the boundaries they have created to protect their friendship ultimately destroy it?
Antonia Gavrihel’s breakout novel is thought-provoking, beautifully written, and unique.
“Back to One” is captivating and a book you can’t put down! The eloquent choice of words and the beautiful imagery throughout the book left me with a movie in my mind. I’ve never read a novel with such twist in love. This is a must read. Get ready to settle in for an amazing story of love! –Sevim Whitaker, Educational Specialist
Look for the second book in the series, Ambient Light, coming this September!
Written by Rachel Wickstrom
Rachel Wickstrom coordinates marketing at Hidden Shelf Publishing house. She’s an avid reader, master party-planner, craft enthusiast, a mom to two young boys with wildly long hair, and is married to a hospital chaplain. As an Oregon native, Rachel’s childhood memories are scented with juniper berries and the crisp mountain air of Central Oregon. She currently lives in Boise, Idaho where her days are scented with lukewarm coffee, and spilled snacks.
I’ve been asked often about the significance of the narrator in House Number 12 Block Number 3. This time, when I was in Karachi I was asked the same question– why did a house have to narrate the story?
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