The dark side of Poet Elizabeth Bishop’s seemingly idyllic life the Brazil of the 1950s and ‘60s are the subject of Michael Sledge’s debut novel, The More I Owe You (Counterpoint, $15.95). Bishop lives in a glass house with her lover, the dazzling, aristocratic architect Lota de Macedo Soares. As her reputation soars, Bishop battles alcoholism and the pressures of her status as one of modernism’s most prominent writers. “Sledge's cinematic novel is as lush and fecund as the jungle itself.”—Booklist. Sledge is the author of the memoir Mother and Son.