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Claire Foster, Book Reviewer

Book Review

Trail of the Warrior

by Claire Foster

"Trail of the Warrior" is a polished novel about the deep struggle of recovering from substance use. Four very different people share their stories of recovery from substance use in Trail of the Warrior: A Fable of Hope. The language of... Read More

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The Bird King

by Claire Foster

Wars may begin on the battlefield, but they end on a map. "The Bird King" is an exquisite fantasy about the end of Muslim sovereignty in the West, the power of desire to disrupt and transform, and how the privilege of naming can reshape... Read More

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Little Darlings

by Claire Foster

Sinister and sickeningly real, "Little Darlings" is fairy tale-inflected horror that explores postpartum depression. This new psychological thriller is a modern reimagining of a changeling story, with consequences that touch both the... Read More

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Flashback Hotel

by Claire Foster

The past is the present is the future in "Flashback Hotel", the masterful new short story collection by Ivan Vladislavić. Alternately whimsical and deeply affecting, the collection explores South African culture and the impact of belief... Read More

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Apprentice Needed

by Claire Foster

There are two kinds of people in the moody, magical world of "Apprentice Needed": those who are opposed to imagination, and those who understand what a powerful force it can be. The second novel in the Wizard for Hire series revisits the... Read More

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Soul Remains

by Claire Foster

Even sinister cults need accountants. "Soul Remains", the second book in the Terribly Serious Darkness series by Sam Hooker, finds Sloot neck-deep in necromantic trouble. This whimsical, wry novel sends Sloot deeper into a magical world... Read More

Book Review

King of Joy

by Claire Foster

Richard Chiem’s "King of Joy" traces an abandoned girl’s tragic trajectory from unloved teenager to abandoned bride to snuff porn queen. This experimental literary novel is the right amount of both dreamy and dark. Corvus, limp and... Read More

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