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Joy Castro

An award-winning teacher, she has published articles on innovative strategies for the college classroom. Her published literary scholarship focuses on issues of class, gender and race in the work of experimental women writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries such as Jean Rhys, Meridel Le Sueur, Sandra Cisneros, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Margery Latimer. Joy is finishing a collection of short stories, How Winter Began, and working on a second novel. She lives with her husband in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Genres: Historical, Literary Fiction
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   1. Hell Or High Water (2012)
   2. Nearer Home (2013)
   Flight Risk (2021)
   One Brilliant Flame (2023)
   How Winter Began (2015)
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Joy Castro recommends
Sycamore (2017)
Bryn Chancellor
"Bryn Chancellor's Sycamore instantly reminded me of Tana French's thrillers: a small, intertwined community, a long-ago crime, the tension and intrigue that won't stop rippling... Chancellor writes gorgeously, and her story is riveting and real. I love it."
Damnificados (2015)
JJ Amaworo Wilson
"Mythic, beautiful, wise, and strange, Damnificados yields pleasures on every page."
Follow Her Home (2013)
(Juniper Song Mystery, book 1)
Steph Cha
"In a glittery L.A. of pretty, privileged twentysomethings, Stephanie Cha's Follow Her Home opens like a playful homage to Raymond Chandler but deepens into something darker: an utterly 21st-century ode to sisterhood in the face of crime. A fast-paced thriller told in smart, sparkling prose, Follow Her Home is a moving exploration of mothers and daughters, men and women, immigrant history, loss, and hope."

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