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Hummer

by Karen Rigby

In Linda Gruenberg’s classic novel Hummer, an isolated twelve-year-old blossoms because of her friendship with a neighbor and his Arabian mare, Fox. Henrietta—nicknamed Hummer because of her humming habit—is the daughter of an... Read More

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Coco at the Ritz

by Karen Rigby

In Gioia Diliberto’s fascinating historical novel "Coco at the Ritz", Coco Chanel, the French couture icon, becomes enmeshed with Nazi occupiers. In 1944, Chanel, who was in her early sixties, was interrogated. She was suspected of... Read More

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Carry the Dog

by Karen Rigby

In Stephanie Gangi’s elegiac, absorbing novel "Carry the Dog", a woman reevaluates her photographer mother’s exploitative opus. At fifty-nine, Bea is pained by revived interest in the Marx Nudes, her mother Miriam’s 1960s series.... Read More

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Tristan

by Karen Rigby

In Clarence Boulay’s delicate, mesmeric novel "Tristan", a woman’s ardor on a volcanic island tests her emotional thresholds. From its seafaring opening aboard a lobster boat bound for rugged Tristan, a remote South Atlantic outpost,... Read More

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Into Your Blues

by Karen Rigby

In the future-set novel "Into Your Blues", people from two generations struggle for meaning and fulfillment. In Charlie Moodie’s fresh and original novel "Into Your Blues", middle-aged men’s lives are upended by job losses. In the... Read More

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The Blue Butterfly

by Karen Rigby

"The Blue Butterfly" is a vibrant period novel that reimagines the controversial love story of a classic film star. Leslie Johansen Nack’s absorbing historical novel "The Blue Butterfly" follows Marion, the vulnerable mistress of... Read More

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