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The Writer's Story

by Mari Carlson

The Writer’s Story is a twisting literary novel about a flawed writer who comes to question the stories that he tells himself about death and love. In Cory J. Schulman’s novel The Writer’s Story, a writer works through his craft by... Read More

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by Eileen Gonzalez

Members of a Tahitian family cannot escape one another in Titaua Peu’s novel "Pina". Nine-year-old Pina’s life, already darkened by abuse and poverty, becomes even harsher when an accident turns her drunken father Auguste into a... Read More

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Balloon Dog

by Mari Carlson

Daniel Paisner’s literary novel "Balloon Dog" revolves around a sculpture heist—though its artful characters are also vulnerable to other kinds of theft. Though he used to be a respected writer, middle age killed Harrison’s... Read More

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Droll Tales

by Camille-Yvette Welsch

The connected stories in Iris Smyles’s "Droll Tales" are innovative—filled with surrealistic imagery, dark comedy, and people unmoored in their lives. A young woman who believes that she will never find someone to whom she would give... Read More

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by Erika Harlitz Kern

Hermann Burger’s "Brenner" is an autobiographical novel about childhood traumas and the pleasures of smoking a cigar. Hermann Arbogast Brenner is the heir to a Swiss tobacco empire who is approaching his own end. Wrapping up his... Read More

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by Michele Sharpe

In David Musgrave’s fascinating novel "Lambda", a woman is enmeshed in conflicts between surveillance police, a synthetic person, and genetically human Lambdas. “A lambda function is a small anonymous function”: this computer... Read More

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This Is How We Love

by Kristine Morris

Lisa Moore’s novel "This Is How We Love" is an intimate and complex exploration of relationships—and of what it means to be entangled by the demands of love. Jules and her husband, Joe, are in Mexico when their phones ring,... Read More

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