Contemporary

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“Paris in the Present Tense deserves to be read and devoured. It is nearly a perfect contemporary novel.”

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“Something happened here that summer. Something Louise blamed my mom for.”

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Cole is a high school boy, which means Cole thinks about sex—a lot.

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“This novel is one the reader will finish with a sigh, and then set his sights on the nearest bookshop in hopes of finding his own happily ever after.”

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“Read The Quiet Child for the absorbing story, strong characterizations, and entertaining writing.”

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“A cautionary tale of mining life for one’s art. And of giving one’s fantasies too much free rein.”

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Novelists are not immune to what’s going on around them and clearly author Brian Platzer, who lives in the largely black and gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, has drawn on hi

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“Erotic Stories of Punjabi Widows is a masterpiece.”

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Every family member shares some of the same personality traits, as is with the four generations of Whitakers.

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“Another tale by Womack that can’t be put down. Superb storytelling. Rounded characters. Stakes worth killing—or dying—for. This is summer reading for every season.”

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Eliza and Adam Stanley are parents to two precocious twin sons, Max and Luke.

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“In a world of insanity, a world of nightmare, it is often impossible to distinguish love from hate.”

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“We are only charged with loving people. The rest is not our responsibility.

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a very funny, poignant novel about a strong-willed girl and the even stronger, decidedly colorful mother who loves her.”

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College campuses are in the news for various reasons these days, student rights and racism on the top of that list.

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 "If nothing else, The Fall of Lisa Bellow is a great character study of someone trying to survive growing up."

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Emily Robbins has written a lyrical story about love in nearly all of its manifestations.

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Michael Tolkin is a great writer, and his grasp of satire is excellent. He is known for The Player and his scathing send ups of Hollywood culture.

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In Melanie Wallace’s third novel, her first in hardback by a major publisher, Olive Kitteridge meets Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, both interpreted by Alice Munro.

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The setting for this debut novel by Lindsey Lee Johnson is a high school in the over-privileged enclave of Mill Valley, California.

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“You need not be a bird lover or watcher to enjoy this book, but there’s a good chance you will love both birds and life more by its end.”

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“a novel that’s many cuts above its genre.”

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A Thin Bright Line will help widen the metaphorical crack in the chains that bind those who are outside of societal norms.”

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There’s a certain poetry of loneliness at work in Martin Hyatt’s new novel Beautiful Gravity.

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What is the definition of the “perfect life”?

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