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Love War Stories

by Karen Rigby

Ivelisse Rodriguez’s "Love War Stories" is a bold collection that marks the shortfall between romantic illusions and reality. Here, love—abusive, storied, unspoken, obsessive, or enduring—is rendered in memorable forms. Whether... Read More

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Their Houses

by Karen Rigby

A foreboding tale of longing for solace ignites the rural West Virginia setting of Meredith Sue Willis’s "Their Houses". Dinah and Grace are sisters whose childhood was marked by their father’s alcoholism and their mother’s... Read More

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Paradise Rot

by Karen Rigby

Musician Jenny Hval’s "Paradise Rot" follows a Norwegian biology student and her hypertuned sensitivities. Electric, idiosyncratic, and disturbing observations elucidate Jo’s sexual awakening. Newly arrived in an English university... Read More

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Veins of Gold

by Karen Rigby

Fantasy novelist Charlie N. Holmberg fuses melodrama, romance, and magic in "Veins of Gold", a fanciful tale set in nineteenth-century Utah. Anime flourishes and unpredictable marvels pave a young woman’s path toward belief. Gentry... Read More

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The Book of Hidden Things

by Karen Rigby

A mystifying exploration of unbelief and faith, Francesco Dimitri’s "The Book of Hidden Things" dazzles with portraits of men at a crossroads. When a band of childhood friends—now in their thirties—gather for their annual meeting... Read More

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100 Things

by Karen Rigby

A clear, defined mission inspires an inventive tour of everyday objects. Cindy Helms’s "100 Things" presents a classic kindergarten milestone. Tasked with bringing one hundred things to school to celebrate the hundredth day, Kid hunts... Read More

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