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Cadwell Turnbull, The Lesson

Saturday, September 21   |   11:00 am

Boston Globe Behind the Book Feature

B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog “The Best SFF Books of 2019 So Far”

The Verge “All The SFF Books We Are Looking Forward To in 2019”

Ars Technica “Most Anticipated Books for the Second Half of 2019”

New Scientist Magazine Recommended Read

io9’s June 2019 SFF Summer Reading List

Tor.com June 2019 SFF New Releases roundup

Kirkus’ Highly Anticipated Summer Reads roundup

Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2019

Bookish “10 Out of this World Must Read SFF Books for Summer 2019”

“Turnbull uses a beautifully drawn cast of black characters to convey the complexity of ordinary hardship in extraordinary times. This is an ideal story for fans of Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven and other literary science fiction novels.”  — Publisher’s Weekly starred review

An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last.

A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witness and victim to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.

Cadwell Turnbull is a graduate from the North Carolina State University’s Creative Writing MFA in Fiction and English MA in Linguistics. He was the winner of the 2014 NCSU Prize for Short Fiction and attended Clarion West 2016. His short fiction has appeared in The VergeLightspeedNightmare, and Asimov’s Science Fiction. His Asimov’s short story “When the Rains Come Back” made Barnes and Noble’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy’s Short Fiction Roundup in April 2018. His Nightmare story “Loneliness is in Your Blood” was selected for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018. His Asimov’s novelette “Other Worlds and This One” was also selected by the anthology as a notable story. The Lesson is his debut novel.