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The Pinebox Vendetta

by Benjamin Welton

"The Pinebox Vendetta" is a genre-bending thriller about the world’s worst kind of people. Jeff Bond’s "The Pinebox Vendetta" is a political thriller about a reignited family feud, a cold case murder, and the American elite. The two... Read More

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Treasure of the Blue Whale

by Karen Rigby

In the masterful novel "Treasure of the Blue Whale", snowballing secrecy and lies are counterbalanced by genuine community warmth. In Steven Mayfield’s bracing literary caper, "Treasure of the Blue Whale", a coastal town experiences a... Read More

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Coming Up for Air

by Michelle Anne Schingler

From the turn of the twentieth century into the present, the defiant and vivacious characters of Sarah Leipciger’s "Coming Up for Air" refuse to be suffocated by others’ expectations. In Paris, the haunting death mask of an unknown... Read More

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Evie of the Deepthorn

by Claire Foster

Fantasy is an outlet for grief, fear, and transformation in the pop culture-inflected novel "Evie of the Deepthorn" from André Babyn. A single story becomes the emotional outlet for three very different people who are drawn together in... Read More

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by Monica Carter

Kristen Millares Young’s novel "Subduction" is rife with personal struggles, confrontations, and the pain of memory. Claudia, a Latinx anthropology professor, escapes a barren marriage and the life that she built in Seattle after... Read More

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The Eighth Life

by Meagan Logsdon

Nino Haratischvili’s multigenerational Georgian novel "The Eighth Life" spans the years between the Bolshevik Revolution and the early twenty-first century. It all begins with a master chocolatier and a magical hot chocolate recipe for... Read More

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by Aimee Jodoin

A story about sisters and undocumented immigrants, Julia Alvarez’s "Afterlife" evokes the loneliness of grief. A recent retiree and a writer, Antonia is coping with the loss of her husband. She’s also helping a young Mexican... Read More

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