Foreword Reviews

Mari Carlson, Book Reviewer

When not reading fiction and writing reviews, Mari is probably practicing violin or teaching lessons or playing a gig. She enjoys the local literary and music scenes in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Book Review

Letters to Amelia

by Mari Carlson

Lindsay Zier-Vogel’s debut novel "Letters to Amelia" explores love and grief through correspondence. Just as Jamie, her boyfriend of seven years, leaves her, Grace, a Toronto library technician, receives a new work assignment. Without... Read More

Book Review

Ophelia's Room

by Mari Carlson

The literary thriller Ophelia’s Room is visceral as it rollercoasters through middle America in the 1960s. In Michael Scott Garvin’s riveting novel Ophelia’s Room, infanticide in a small town fuels a soul search. In 1968, newlyweds... Read More

Book Review

Floreat Lux

by Mari Carlson

"Floreat Lux" is a literary novel concerned with prophecy; its incisive cast ruminates their way through Western history. In Robert Brace’s layered novel "Floreat Lux", an investigation into a chief justice’s death prompts a... Read More

Book Review

Celeste and Chris

by Mari Carlson

The coming-of-age buddy novel "Celeste and Chris" features a tantalizing peek into a bygone era. Set in the 1960s, Manjula Lisa Stokes’s novel "Celeste and Chris" concerns the loving facets of two soul twins’ lifelong friendship. In... Read More

Book Review

On Tràigh Lar Beach

by Mari Carlson

The short stories of "On Tràigh Lar Beach" share a haunting atmosphere that’s explored through refuse and music. The short stories of Dianne Ebertt Beeaff’s "On Tràigh Lar Beach" cover women’s experiences with woe and redemption.... Read More

Book Review

Wilderness Spa

by Mari Carlson

In the visionary novel "Wilderness Spa", a group of disparate individuals leans on, and learns, wilderness survival strategies after a natural disaster. In Jim Halverson’s adventure novel "Wilderness Spa", an unconventional group is... Read More

Book Review

The Book of Otto and Liam

by Mari Carlson

In his heartwrenching novel "The Book of Otto and Liam", Paul Griner traces the hard-fought healing of a school shooting victim’s father. The story is told through short snippets and vignettes. It starts on an anniversary of the event,... Read More

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