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Linda Thorlakson, Book Reviewer

Linda Thorlakson’s passion for reading fuels her quest to live life to the fullest. She’s drawn to any well-written book regardless of its genre—especially those inspiring appreciation of people for their flaws and quirks rather than despite them, while offering views of the world from perspectives significantly different from her own.

As a reviewer, Linda’s mission is to probe each book for its potential to not only expand a reader’s world, but to change and expand his or her experience of life within it.

Book Review

After Elias

by Linda Thorlakson

Eddy Boudel Tan’s debut novel "After Elias", whose climatic prologue is arresting, rides on a trajectory wherein every mystery solved begets a dozen more. Coen Caraway descends upon Isla de Espejos several days before his groom-to-be... Read More

Book Review

Half

by Linda Thorlakson

Sharon Harrigan’s "Half" mimics the triumphant defects of every family in its excavations of the peculiar remains of one. Narrated through the entwined perceptions and insights of identical twins, seldom heard by anyone other than the... Read More

Book Review

Odsburg

by Linda Thorlakson

Matt Tompkins’s "Odsburg" is a unique kind of story—almost too novel to be considered a novel at all. Within it, self-taught researcher Wallace Jenkins-Ross sets out to document the town of Odsburg. The data he accumulates is... Read More

Book Review

As a River

by Linda Thorlakson

In Sion Dayson’s "As a River", Greer makes a valiant attempt to outrun his past, but this surface story belies a powerful undertow that transforms his return to Bannen, Georgia, and its anything-but-lazy Sicama River into a more... Read More

Book Review

Indecent Advances

by Linda Thorlakson

James Polchin’s "Indecent Advances" extracts more than its title from true-crime press clippings dating back to the 1920s, examining both what appeared in print and what was sanitized or excluded. “Indecent advances” was just one... Read More

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