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Meg Nola, Book Reviewer

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The Good Luck Stone

by Meg Nola

In Heather Bell Adams’s novel "The Good Luck Stone", wartime memories haunt a ninety-year-old woman, who also struggles to maintain her personal independence. During World War II, Audrey ventured beyond her genteel Southern upbringing... Read More

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Everything Here Is under Control

by Meg Nola

In Emily Adrian’s quirky, resonant novel, "Everything Here Is under Control", two women resume the intense friendship of their teen years after more than a decade of estrangement and uncertainty. After giving birth to her first child,... Read More

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Sachiko

by Meg Nola

Set during World War II, Endō Shūsaku’s novel "Sachiko" shifts from the fated city of Nagasaki to the horrors of Auschwitz, developing versatile individual and intersecting perspectives with compassion. Christianity is not native to... Read More

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Ship of Fates

by Meg Nola

Caitlin Chung’s wondrous "Ship of Fates" begins with the ancient legend of Wong Zhi Mei, a Chinese bride promised by her family to a foreign suitor. But teenage Mei yearns for true love, and she steals the suitor’s proffered gold and... Read More

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The Distance from Four Points

by Meg Nola

In Margo Orlando Littell’s quiet, compelling novel, "The Distance from Four Points", a woman finds herself reeling from grief and a reversal of fortune. When Robin’s husband, Ray, is killed in a kayaking accident, he leaves behind a... Read More

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Vagablonde

by Meg Nola

In Anna Dorn’s "Vagablonde", Prue, a Los Angeles lawyer, hopes to wean herself off of various psychotropic prescriptions. Prue is also an aspiring rapper, despite the fact that she is bourgeois and has “the coloring of a Nazi.” As... Read More

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The Electric Baths

by Meg Nola

Jean-Michel Fortier’s "The Electric Baths" sets its compressed intrigue in a village where everyone seems to know everyone else’s business. Though the novel is brief, its characters are complex, replete with quirks, anxieties, hope,... Read More

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The Queen of Paris

by Meg Nola

With its pivotal focus on Coco Chanel’s reported World War II work as a Nazi spy, Pamela Binnings Ewen’s novel "The Queen of Paris" fictionalizes the thoughts and motivations of the French design icon––a complex, controlled woman... Read More

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